|My DX Zone Examined|
Realizing the terrain is going to make my contacts very tough, I just need to monitor and take advantage of those times when when I start to hear stations. I have the 20 meter pattern down and more times than not, I don't hear anything else on the higher bands. I will also call CQ and see what the Reverse Beacon system says of my signal.
|It Ends Just As Quickly|
I've been in reception mode for several days and ironically tonight, I worked K3Y/KH6 (Max) on 20 meter CW. It was not easy as it took a few times for Max to get my information after a few repeats. I began running 5 watts but as I listened to my path to Hawaii fade, I cranked up my IC-703+ to 10 watts, the maximum output for my rig. Max once again showed why he is a great operator. Normally, a QSO to Hawaii should be simple from here (Oregon). I've worked Max for the last several years and I know he has great station. Max had all the work and he pulled it off allowing me to add the QSO to my logbook.
I'm excited to relocate from our temporary location to a more permanent location which I feel will be much better for propagation. It will be a more populated area, so I'll be leaving one problem (lack of propagation) for another (QRN). Either way, no matter how challenging the band or conditions are, I will always make an effort to get on the air when time allows. It's an addiction that I've had for years and one I'm okay with.