As you might imagine,
Rwanda is not full
of radio amateurs. It is extremely sought after, and Alan Norman
could probably charge $10 a contact if only HF rigs had credit cards
readers built in. (Now there is an idea...)
I chased him around on FT8 for a while one
day and realised he was buried in a pile up of Brazilians and
Europeans that I stood little chance of getting past. But I
stuck at it...
Alan on bike supporting to the cycling races in
Rwanda including the Tour du Rwanda
Another Rwanda resident
that doesn't enjoy being messed around....
The voice contact....
Conditions were unexpectedly excellent on 17m this
evening, and no pileup pressure.
Alan suffers high
noise from dirty power lines in an urban area... and despite trying to
hide at one end of the band,
we were joined
by a random spotter. But it all worked out.
The FT8 contact
PSKreporter is a wonderful
Here's another case of me handing out
a much better report I get back. Alan is not running 24dB more power
than me as the numbers suggest; most of that is likely to be down to
the local noise he suffers.
I suspect the IC7300 here may also
have have better defences than his FT991?
The 17m FT8 contact was simple this time
A perfectly nice SSB signal in an otherwise
totally deserted band...