Once again, outstanding signals from the far side of the planet on a low band during daylight hours - 40m in this case.
The team at TO2TT on Mayotte just gave me New One #306 (#302 on the dipole) after only two calls. Better yet, their online log confirmed our contact less than a minute after making it.
For me, this is as good as a QSL.
I’d been looking forward to this DXpedition for weeks and wondering which band and time might offer my best chance. Other contacts into Zone 29 during October have all taken place after 0200Z – 9pm local for me. When I saw them spotted by other US stations at 2340Z I figured I’d listen to the pile-up a bit and see if I could hear them, if only at ESP levels.
With daylight still burning outside here in STX, they were an honest 579. I turned on and quickly tuned the amp (off freq!) then listened to them work a few stations. At 30 wpm they banged out a few quick contacts in short order before I figured where they were listening.
Called once after they finished with a K1…nothing. Called again after they worked a W4 and then heard the music – “AE5X 5NN”.
By the time I’d entered them into my own log, I was already in theirs online.
Now if only our government can collectively stand up on their hind legs, we all might have a shot at Wake Island.