How’s that for an alphabet soup title – only a ham could understand it…
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.