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Mari CX1JJ

Mari CX1JJ

My normal way to start a listening session is to tune to 10 meters during the day and 80 at night, listening for anything that seems to catch my  attention. From either of those bands, I tune inward to continue the search.

I didn’t have to wait long today on 10m – a band that hasn’t produced a contact for me in over two months. A flurry of callers told me that an interesting, rare or otherwise noteworthy station was in there somewhere.

I didn’t have to listen long before I heard a station in Uruguay working the masses and taking the time to chat a bit with each of them.

All that activity for Uruguay?

Then I understood – a YL. On CW.

My logging program (DX4WIN) even has a field where I can indicate that a given contact was with a YL so the uniqueness factor is real and not imagined.

I gave Mari a call and enjoyed a brief chat.

I’d make use of that YL-field in DX4WIN if only there were enough to make chasing the YL awards worthwhile but I think I’ve worked fewer than 5 YL’s on CW in the past 10 years – which makes our QSO all the more memorable.



  5 comments for “CX1JJ – FB YL CW DXer

  1. Wes, AC5K
    September 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Another VERY excellent YL CW operator is Tina, YO3FRI. She is quite active on the bands. I have also seen a QSL from years ago from “Fifi”, XE1YL photographed for the card in a neglige! Does anyone still use the term “Va Va Voom” anymore?!

    • September 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I’ve worked Tina twice and she certainly is one fast CW op who knows how to manage a pile-up. No XE1YL in my log though…!

  2. Mariana CX1JJ
    October 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I am very emotioned with this article and I want to give you the THANKS for what you wrote about me in your blog.

    I always try to do my best in this hobby because I am in love with it, and when I do it I spent fantastic time with all the radiohams exchanging info, comments and so on.

    Thanks a lot dear friend for the place that you gave me in your blog and in the radioham world.

    Very best DXs and hope to see you again on the air.

    Mariana CX1JJ

    • October 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Gracias por el comentario, Mariana. Fue un placer hablar con usted en CW.

      Yo creo que a muchos radioamateurs les interesaria saber la perspectiva de una YL. Porque no considera empezar su propio blog en espanol?! Hay mucho en espanol pero todo son de OM’s:

      Espero escucharla otra vez en CW!


      John AE5X

      • Mariana CX1JJ
        October 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        Estimado John, HELLO, felicitaciones por el español, escribes muy bien.

        El gusto fue mío también de comunicarnos en CW y seguramente volveremos a comunicarnos pronto pues estoy activa los fines de semana, ahora que la propagación está buena (now that the propagation is fantastic I am again on the air).

        Gracias por la idea = thanks for the idea, about the BLOG.

        I think the same as you wrote me, maybe more OMs are interested in knowing more about YL point of view.
        La perspectiva de una YL.

        Let me see and maybe I will open a blog!.

        All the best y gracias por el espacio en YOUR BLOG!

        The pleasure is mine.

        Mariana CX1JJ

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