Thanks, Europe

ft5z_logo_vertFT5ZM fired up the ether yesterday and conditions were fantastic. The world was calling and I had relatives visiting the QTH so operating time was non-existent. Not only that, the pile-ups were too intense for me to even consider jumping into the fray.

But I have today (Monday) off from work, and, being a weekday, fellow North Americans in the mix are fewer. Europe is 6 to 8 hours ahead of me so many of them were there after their work day today on 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters – the bands on which I could copy FT5ZM.

Long story, short – thanks to the 17m op on Amsterdam for repeatedly asking for European DXer’s to standy by while they listened for NA/SA ops. And thanks to European DXer’s for honoring that request.



  4 comments for “Thanks, Europe

  1. Larry W2LJ
    January 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Glad you got them, John. Hopefully, towards the end of the DXpedition, I’ll be able to sneak my call in there. So many things will have to be right – timing, propagation, etc. But who knows? Stranger things have happened!

    Larry W2LJ

    • January 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Larry,

      I think you’ll have a good chance with them having over two weeks to go. I copied them easily on my dipole today and quite loudly yesterday on 30m with the dipole. Good luck to you.

  2. January 29, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Ariel NY4G recently worked FT5ZM QRP with his KX3. Check out his blog here (recently added to my blog roll):

  3. January 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Got them on 30m earlier today. That makes 306 entities on the dipole :-)

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