• [KB6NU] Operating notes: DX ragchew, new hams first contact, bands heat

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    Operating notes: DX ragchew, new hams first contact, bands heating up

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    DX ragchew

    A couple of days ago, I had a rare experience—a ragchew with a DX station. Wolf not only told me about his station, but a little bit about his town
    and the area he lives  in. As you can see from the photo at right, its
    quite a lovely place.

    How can you tell if a DX station might be up for more than just a quickie, canned QSO? Look them up on QRZ.Com. If they have a lot of information—written in English as Wolf has—then theres a chance that they might be interested in a ragchew.

    New hams first QSO

    On Mondays 2-meter club net, I got a call from Jack, KE8SWM. He was a bit
    weak into the repeater, and it took me a couple of tries before I got the
    call right. And even then, I wasnt sure. You see, I looked him up on
    QRZ.Com, but the call wasnt in the database.  Jacks new call had only been assigned that afternoon!

    So, as it turns out, I was his first contact. Ive dispatched a QSL card,
    also his first.

    Bands heating up

    The bands have been pretty hot the last couple of days. Ive worked a bunch
    of Europeans, including DJ7PW as described above, on 30 meters.

    Tonight, 40 meters was was really hot. At right is a screen shot of my
    spots earlier this evening. Whats remarkable about this are the number of 
    30+ dB and 40+ dB spots. The band is still looking good here at 0230 UTC.

    If this keeps up, we could be in for a pretty good fall and winter.

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