18 June 2013

2m ES opening

I was home this time! A strong sporadic E opening reached 144 MHZ today. I could hear DX traffic on the rubber duckie antenna, indoor.

How to participate, since I have no antenna?! Laying in the shack was the dipole of my homebrew VHF yagi. I quickly hanged it outside on the HF antenna fishing rod support, fired up the IC706 at 20W RF and worked two stations at 1600 and 1200 km distance (SSB).

In DX terms that counts for two squares and two DXCC entities. Probably only one of them is a new-one for me (but do I really care?).