Aruba has been on my list of wanted DX
destinations for a long time. There appear to be no resident hams
so it is essential to pounce on
itinerant DXpeditioners as they pitch up.
One of the p40x team was Uwe - DL8UD - answered my pleading email for a chance to
get Aruba via a scheduled contact - since whenever the
team was spotted on the DX clusters, the pileups were
Well, we used Whatsap for an ad-hoc sched, and
went a time and frequency that was marginal according to the
predictors, but there was a very busy contest going on - with
several very large signals - and I am convinced that activity
can stir the ionosphere into a response. The upshot was I got
through and was acknowledged, despite the contest QRM at this
end. This was recorded at the twente SDR so I was not audible.