began with a fairly simple call to Gordon - EA5/mm0gor - on
holiday in Murcia, sitting on the terrace, with 50W from an FT857 to
a simple 20m dipole that was actually a fair struggle on 20m,
despite the short distance (understanding and managing the
variability of radio propagation is all part of the fascination
and skill of the hobby) ...
... but while we were talking a voice came up saying
"VK4". I thought it was a local reporting there was a
VK4 in the background on the channel, so I listened carefully and didn't hear
anything, and then it dawned that this loud station was indeed
the VK4 in question. It was an extremely unlikely catch at the
time and frequency as the prop diagrams show.
Simon - VK4/G1RNB - was operating portable, as he says
"I only operate portable, because I refuse to listen to manmade interference of any kind...
I also cannot detect and track our robotic explorers in even a moderately quiet environment.
All Solar / Battery powered often in the middle of nowhere, very quiet indeed..."
Look up Simon's QRZ
page and be intrigued.. He is a serious off world DXer and has a 4m portable
dish for 8GHz deep space work receiving signals from Juno, as well as
monoband 20m hex beam for performing terrestrial DX miracles like this..
Not predicted - so probably a random solar flare effect.
This recording has been compiled from several
sources to get all 3 participants. Yes, I know it's not hifi and
some parts require a trained ear - but this is "one in several
thousand contacts" during the sunspot doldrums - so worth the
A most unexpected conversation - G8 and VK using 100W, EA with 50W, and no mega beams..