The 10 and 6m bands have been very good this week. I picked up French Polynesia Tuesday night on 28MHz. Last night I tried to worked Figi and the Cook Islands, but no joy. I did pick up #99 (Bulgaria). Tried to work him on 20m off and on all day and then about supper time, he was easy.
So what country will #100 be? Hard to say.
I have about 17-18 non-LOTW contact QSLs in the works, but with the current situation I may not get them for months. Some of the Club Log stations I ordered QSLs from have said they have them ready to go but postal services are having trouble with transportation, and there are no outbound services at the moment. One DX station is still stuck on his island and can’t get home. So I may have to pick up 20 more countries that do LOTW to put me over the top for DXCC.
Will continue to look for contacts. There are still plenty of Pacific, Caribbean, and EU contacts to make. I just have to catch them with favorable band conditions. When I do, they come easy. I’ve heard Grenada the past couple of days, but he was working JA stations. I called him once after he had called JA for a dozen times. No response. Then another US called and called and called him and he went off the air. Guess he’s worked every imaginable US contact and that’s not his thing at the moment.
I find that if a DX station is calling another DX station and not getting a response, wait about a dozen calls and then give him a ping. If he is willing, he usually stops for a few seconds, hopefully listening, and then will call CQ. That’s when you call him again and he comes back to you. If he continues to call the other station, wait until he gives up. Stations that try to interrupt a DX station constantly calling, usually get ignored, or force him off the air. Been there, done that. Remember to be respectful.
The FT8 traffic on the bands has been horrendous at times. It means a lot of QRM that interferes with trying to pick up DX. But that’s the game.
Listen to the 10 and 6m bands here this week. The traffic has been been very good. It’s a good time to work new and hard to work states on SSB for a Worked All States award.
I still remember my 50th state–Hawaii. I kept looking for a LOTW station. I had no joy. Then I worked a guy there whose name was Patrick Joy, so I had literal Joy that evening, hihi.
Get thee on the bands,