It’s been a long dry spell on Six Meters. As I look back through my log I find that not since last summer have I seen much activity on the Magic Band. But about two weeks ago, all that started to change. And it did so dramatically today.
Over the past two weeks I was able to work a few new grids and actually get my confirmed grid count up to just over 300. This weekend I was delighted to add V31MA and V31AE to the logbook for a new grid and DXCC. But this afternoon things really picked up.
I started watching some stations on the west coast work Japan. I was envious but couldn’t find any of the JA signals. Later, I glanced at the screen and started to see a couple of JAs. I tried calling a few but no luck. Then I tagged along after Dave, KG5CCI, worked JE1BMJ. And he came back to me with a whopping -24 report, followed later with -13. Fantastic!
You can see the DX Maps displays nearby. It almost looks like the propagation skipped over the West Coast and landed in North Texas. Glad I was there to take advantage of it.
I have also watched quite a bit of morning activity from the East Coast and Caribbean into Europe but nothing heard here yet. Maybe tomorrow.
I hope you’re able to enjoy the Magic Band and that it continues to be open through this weekend’s ARRL VHF Contest.