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Worked Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez Islands) DXpedition - XR0ZRC

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I saw a strange spot on the DX cluster.  It was already 10PM local time, but there were some stateside stations spotting XR0ZRC Juan Fernandez Islands on 20m phone.  I turned the yagi south and was able to copy them 5 9!  I had the Yaesu VL-1000 Quadra System (currently wired for 110v and still testing) on and gave several calls.  I was finally able to make contact and got this new DXCC in the log giving me a total of 190 DXCC entities worked!

Robinson Crusoe Island is the second largest of the Juan Fernández Islands, situated 670 km west of San Antonio, Chile, in the South Pacific Ocean. It is the more populous of the inhabited islands in the archipelago (the other being Alejandro Selkirk Island), with most of that in the town of San Juan Bautista at Cumberland Bay on the island's north coast.

The island was home to the marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk from 1704 to 1709, and is thought to have inspired novelist Daniel Defoe's fictional Robinson Crusoe in his 1719 novel ab…

Worked Ascension Island - ZD8KFC

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I blogged about calling CQ on 20m SSB and working Australia via Long Path. After working those VK stations, I just made some general CQ calls.  I heard a station come back that I thought I heard as KD8 something.  I asked for the call again.  Hearing him better, I copied ZD8KFC.  I typed it into my log and it came up as Ascension Island (that's a new one)!  Once again, not having a clue where that island is located was a pretty good sign!

Jim was very pleasant and very accommodating of my geographical ignorance! He told me about his home island and the weather before saying our 73's.  Jim jokingly signed off as Zulu Delta 8 Kentucky Fried Chicken!

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island, 7°56' south of the Equator in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is about 1,000 miles from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles from the coast of Brazil.



73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

Worked Australia Long Path - VK5SRV/M, VK2VRC, VK5NZ

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I found myself sitting idle in the ham shack.  Not seeing anything terribly interesting on the DX cluster or FT8 modes, I started spinning the VFO on the 20m band.  I ran across a local station calling CQ and looking for VK and ZL via long path.  I parked the VFO, turned my yagi East and listened intently as he worked several VK station on long path.  It occurred to me that I could hear the DX so well that I believed I could probably work them too.  At one point, I heard one of the VK stations tell the local that he had "the only proper radio station in Georgia" and that he doesn't hear much from the state.  This had me eager to put out my call and try to make it to Australia on LP.

I thought it would be rude to just jump in on the frequency since the local station had been calling CQ.  So I went down about 5kHz.  I had the amp on, antenna still pointed East.  I listened to the silent frequency for several minutes while I mustered some courage.  I keyed the rig and asked…

Worked Taiwan and Japan on SSB Phone - BX5AA, JA1XEC

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I have been able to work Taiwan only 2 times before and both were on FT8.  Oddly enough, one of the stations I had worked before on FT8, BX5AA (Jimmy), was booming into GA on 20m SSB phone.  I turned my yagi, powered up the amplifier, and gave Jimmy a call.  He answered and we had a nice contact with good signal reports exchanged!  That was my first contact with Taiwan via SSB phone!  I was shaking like a leaf with nerves and excitement! 8,000+ miles!

A few minutes later, I also worked JA1XEC in Japan on SSB phone! I think his antenna did all the work, but conditions with Asia were great during "grey line"!



73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

Worked Sierra Leone - 9LY1JM

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I was able to work 9LY1JM in Sierra Leone on 20m SSB phone! 

At over 4,800 miles away, Sierra Leone is is a country on the southwest coast of West Africa. It has a tropical climate, with a diverse environment ranging from savanna to rainforests. The country has a total area of 27,699 square miles.

73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

Worked North Cook Islands - E51WL

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I was able to work E51WL in North Cook Islands via 17m FT8!

At over 5,700 miles away The Cook Islands is a self-governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It comprises 15 islands whose total land area is 92.7 square miles.

73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

Worked Madagascar - 5R8IC

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I was able to work Madagascar for the first time on 17m FT8.

At over 9,300 miles away, Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 250 miles off the coast of East Africa.

73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

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