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Fun Father's Day Weekedend DX on 6m and 10m

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For some reason on Saturday morning, my eyes popped open fairly early.  By 7:30AM I was already playing radio for a few hours before I had to do some yard work.

I noticed that the E-Skip was rolling again and checked out 6m.  My first contact of the day at 7:42AM was CT1GVN in Portugal on 6m FT8.  I worked a few more stateside before jumping over to 10m FT8.  There I saw and worked EI7HDB in Ireland and F5RJM in France!

I moved to the voice portion of 10m and had a few fairly lengthy QSO's with some stateside stations.  It was enjoyable to make those contacts during this low part of the sunspot cycle and without much QSB.

On Sunday (Father's Day), I went back to 6m for a bit and worked VP5DR in Turks and Caicos and CU3EQ in Azores.

The contacts I made over the weekend were very exciting.  At over 4,100 miles, Portugal is now my furthest contact on 6m and I think Ireland is my furthest on 10m.

73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

Worked Mexico on 6m E-Skip - XE3N

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Last night at almost 9:30PM, I was using the computer in the ham shack. I noticed that I kept hearing some distant stations breaking the squelch on 2m FM on my scanner.  This is usually a good indication of E-Skip propagation. I checked the solar terrestrial data from N0NBH and it confirmed that there was Sporadic E Skip on multiple bands.

I tuned over to the 6m FT8 frequency and listened for signals. I heard some weak signals.  WSJT-X decoded XE3N calling CQ from grid EL60 in Mexico.  I answered his call and we were able to work the QSO and I logged it.  The conditions were not very strong and I only decoded a few other stations that were all fairly close. I tried working one more, but I lost conditions and couldn't finish the QSO.  Since it was late, I went QRT after working just that 1 station.  
I have previously only worked stateside and Canada on 6m.  I was glad to get a new county in the log on that band.  Geographically though, XE3N in Mexico was closer to my QTH than the …

3 New Countries and More FIFA Stations - ER18FIFA, HD18FIFA, TC179JAN, JY4CI, OD5ZZ, SV9KRU

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I spent part of yesterday evening playing radio.  I only made about 12 contacts in total.  But the contacts were pretty good in my opinion! I worked 3 new countries and more FIFA World Cup Special Event Stations.

I worked ER18FIFA in Moldova, HD18FIFA in Ecuador, TC179JAN in Turkey, and JY4CI in Jordan (new country) all on 20m SSB voice.  Then I switched over to 20m FT8 while I participated in the local ARES net on 2m.  On FT8 I made contact with TA6P in Turkey, several stateside stations, E74EBL in Bosnia, then OD5ZZ in Lebanon (new country).

I was about to go QRT for the night when I saw SV9RKU in Crete (new country) spotted on the DX cluster on 20m SSB voice.  I called for Gil and made contact.


What a fun afternoon of DX and multi-mode operating!

73 and good DX de KG4LST sk

All KG4's Are Not Guantanamo Bay

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I've gotten a couple emails asking me why I show up as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in their FT8 software...

I assure you I'm not in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  My software is also not configured incorrectly.  I am in the U.S. in the state of Georgia in grid square EM84.  I guess there is a bug in some FT8 software with regards to KG4 callsigns.

All KG4's are not from Gitmo.  The FCC issued KG4XXX in "4 land" in 2001.   I got my callsign in 2001 and kept the same call all these years and up to the Amateur Extra Class.  I believe Guantanamo Bay calls are KG4XX (2x2 only).

WSJT-X 1.9 has a fix for this, I'm not sure about any others.

73 de KG4LST - EM84 Georgia

Worked Grenada Football World Cup 2018 Special Call - J32FIFA

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I had a good time yesterday on the air.  It was one of those days that I ended up having QSOs on every radio that I own.  While I was working some 20m FT8, I saw a spot on the DX cluster showing Grenada.  I had never worked Grenada before so I finished my FT8 QSO, and tuned over to the extra class phone portion of the band.  I had some pretty heavy QRM, but I was able to copy J32FIFA pretty well.  59 in fact.  I turned on my amplifier and I listened for a few minutes.  I heard him call "J32FIFA QRZ listening up 2", I set the split frequency, and I called.  After only 2 calls, he returned and gave me a 59 report as well.  I'm always glad to work a new country and special event stations!


Grenada is a sovereign state in the southeastern Caribbean Sea consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines island chain. It is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grena…

6 Meter Contacts on the West Coast

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6m is a very interesting band. It's mostly dead quiet.  But occasionally it will open and provide some good propagation.  I've caught a couple 6m band openings and made some contacts in New England and Canada.  But last weekend we had an opening that lingered for a while and provided some propagation to the West Coast!  Since I've talked around the world on other bands, you wouldn't think getting my signal to the West Coast would be so exciting.  6m is such a mystery and I only have my Maxon off center fed dipole for 6m. I was super exited to work a couple California stations at around 2,000 miles away and several others in a different direction than previous 6m contacts!  Most contacts were made with 50 watts on FT8.

Below is a map of my 6m contacts.  I'm not sure why there is one mapped far into Canada.  According to what I saw, my only Canadian contacts were near the US boarder...


73 de KG4LST sk

Worked New Caledonia - FK8GX

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I was busy yesterday setting up my new Daiwa CN-901HP meter.  Once it was hooked up, I wanted to do some testing and make sure that it was within calibration.  I tuned to the 20m FT8 frequency so I could work a few stations and test the meter. 

It just so happened that FK8GX in New Caledonia showed up calling CQ.  I had seen a station from New Caledonia before on FT8 (quite possibly the same station), but was unable to work them.  I noticed the signal was -04 which seemed very workable.  I called for FK8GX and got a reply quickly!  We worked all the way to the 73s and he gave me a signal report of -13.  Not too bad for 50watts into a dipole and contacting a station 8,200+ miles away.

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 750 miles east of Australia.

Unfortunately, that was all I had time for on the radio last night. I had some other things to do and I went QRT with a new country in the log and knowing that my new meter is working fine.

73 an…

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