Hope everyone had a good Easter Weekend with family. We enjoyed the quietness at home.
The bands were not very favorable for me the middle of last week. I had been after a LOTW station for Israel the previous weekend. Only had one direct QSL contact. But around noon on Good Friday, I picked up Israel (4X4) on 17m, and it was good for a LOTW confirm. I called CQ on 17, 20 and 40 and got about a dozen good contacts, one from Japan on just 20W.
Saturday I worked some US stations on 40, until I saw French Guiana (FY4) pop up on 20m about 1:30 p.m. and although he was busy, I was able to work him. Good contact! French Guiana is hard because there are very few active hams on the bands. I still need Guyana (8R) and Suriname (PZ) to help finish out South America for me.
My best opportunities lately have been on 17m from about 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. It was slow Saturday but I did manage to pick up Corsica (TK) and that was exciting. He confirmed straightway.
Sunday late afternoon I tried unsuccessfully to contact the Azores. But Don (K5DB) from Springdale worked me on FT8 as I was trying to call the Azores on 17m and that was a hoot. Totally unexpected! My first time to work Don on FT8.
Late Monday afternoon, the bands on 17m were hot again, and I called CQ and got Japan, Cuba, and Brazil to come back to me on 20W! Then it happened. I picked up the Azores on 17m. As the band was starting to fade, I switched to 20m and there was another Azores station (LOTW user), and I worked him too without difficulty but with considerably more power. Sweet!
Today the bands were totally on their head. Nothing on 17 until late in the day, I did see a VU (India) station pop up on 20m a couple of times. His signal was good, but he was totally washed out by QRM from hams calling on top of him 3 deep. Not even calling him, but calling others state side. What a waist, hihi. But 6 and 10m were excellent all day, and I worked some locals on new bands for me. All good!
What will the rest of the week bring? I don’t know, but I have about 3 DX contacts left to make for Century Club! Woot, Woot!