December ’23

So far this month, there has been no new slots, but some odd propagation, thanks to solar conditions. Some very skewed paths, and odd openings, especially on 30m and 10/12m. I wouldn’t normally expect to hear UK stations on the higher bands, but have worked a good number. On 30m, whilst working mostly EU, I had unexpected calls from VK, JA and NA, including west coast.

On the night of 12/113th I had a bad nights’ sleep, and got up at 6am, and on 30m, I heard J88CU coming in loud. Gave him a call, and completed the QSO for a new slot. I worked some EU, but then got called by a few NA stations, and then it opened to JA, so had a long session of working many. I had seen Eric FK8HM calling me, but he was in and out, so it was back to the JA pile-up, but Eric called again, and we completed. Both he and J88CU were confirmed on LoTW as soon as I had uploaded my log to LoTW, and two new slots in the bag!

On the 15th, I was on 30m mid-afternoon, and whilst working mostly EU stations, I was called by 4E1FKB, so I am now waiting for him to confirm on LoTW for another new slot.