After yesterday’s 6-meter bust I was hesitant to even turn the radio on this afternoon. I checked DXMaps.com quickly and saw what appeared to be a very large band opening encompassing the northeast on down into South Carolina.
As soon as I tuned over to 50.125, I heard signals in abundance. I worked my first long range SSB contacts, a quick three in a row — two in New York and a station in Vermont. I made my way over to the JT65 frequency and worked Canada twice. (On my second QSO I somehow forgot to hit the log button, so my apologies to the station, a VE3 I believe. I know it’s a long-shot, but if you look me up and happen to find my blog, let me know and I’ll add you to my log)
I headed down the dial again and made SSB contacts with a station in Ontario, and a station in Ohio. I decided to try some CW contacts and bungled my way through QSOs with WI9WI out of Wisconsin and K8QKY out of Michigan. I hope I made it into their logs, because I was definitely struggling, and my QSO with WI9WI really plummeted into QSB after we first established contact.
It’s 7:30 p.m. now and the bands are quieter. Time for dinner.