Turning on the radio this morning I was surprised to hear Puerto Rico coming in loud and clear on 50.125MHz. Once I had KP4EIT and HI3TEJ (Dominican Republic) in the logs I checked the DX Cluster to check the activity. There appeared to be many other stations from the Southeastern United States working towards the Caribbean. A few hours later the Sporatic-E opening moved towards the west and soon I was working into the Midwest and into Eastern Canada.
I did check two-meters but never heard any activity.
Image represents contacts made from FM18rq. Station locations represent grid locator (grid square) center. C=CW, S=SSB, J=J65A or J9
The twenty-three contacts, representing twenty-one grids, I put in the log were made using mostly CW with SSB, JT65A, and JT9 rounding out the rest of the modes.
During a lull in activity I rolled down to the bottom of the band to check for beacons:
|DX de WG3K: 50007.7 VA2ZFN/B FM18<EM92 1845Z
|DX de WG3K: 50059.0 VE3UBL/B FM18<FN03 1839Z
|DX de WG3K: 50067.5 N8PUM/B FM18<EN66 1827Z
|DX de WG3K: 50073.0 K0KP/B FM18<EN36 1825Z
I also took a look at the Reverse Beacon Network and found that I had been heard a few times:
|DX de K9IMM-#: 50098.0 WG3K CW 25 dB 16 WPM CQ 1717Z
|DX de WE7L-#: 50097.90 WG3K CW 16 dB 16 WPM CQ 1707Z
QSL from 7X4AN
I received confirmation for my August contact with 7X4AN, today. Most excited to receive another “new one” I confirmed receipt of the QSL. Mohamed is one of those courteous CW operators that will happily slow down for you if you aren’t ready to receive at ~32 WPM.
He also used two very nice stamps that I will happily add to my collection.
I received the QSL cards for the N4I DXpedition today. Received QSLs have been answered and will go out in tomorrow’s mail.
Amanda, KI4IWS, operating HF on Core Banks.
A small cadre of hams invaded Core Banks (Portsmouth Island), North Carolina (NA-067) for the 2011 Islands on the Air (IOTA) contest as N4I. Although many others activated NA-067 from other islands that were much easier to get to, Eric W4OTN, Amanda KI4IWS, Bill KG4CXY, Leslie, and Robyn WA4WPD packed gear up in a few vehicles and took a boat over to the island where we took refuge in a rental cabin provided by the National Park Service.
Core Banks rental cabin with antenna.
Officially part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, Core Banks is a strip of barrier island off the coast of North Carolina just south of Ocracoke Island and north of Morehead City. The cabin is actually a duplex; we rented both sides and used one for our radios while the other side held our food and sleeping quarters. Antennas included a dipole and a vertical loop that faced the Atlantic Ocean. Overall, signals were good and 111 contacts were made to 40 DXCC entities using phone, CW, and digital modes during the operating period. Unfortunately, we really aren’t contesters and spent more time conversing than transmitting as one could tell from the low QSO count. Overall we had fun operating which is what matters.
Amanda KI4IWS not on the radio.
Robyn WA4WPD and Bill KG4CXY working DX on Core Banks.
The Portsmouth Island Four (the fifth is taking the picture).