A cunning plan was hatched
Ken Osborne is my NBF from the antipodes. He
sent me an email yesterday:
I copied you just now on 20 mtrs calling CQ. Im sure it was you. readable about 3 by 1.
You had a brief qso where you said you "didnt know what to expect on 20 mtr these days".
I attempted to answer you on numerous attempts and you said you could hear someone weakly but then went QRT.
Ha ha. what frustration you couldn't
hear me enough to hear me yelling out "Long Path". It so
rare to hear a UK signal on the bands at the moment. No body up in the north seems to know there is long path prop in your summer evenings to lower ZL and VK. It's been forgotten, and I don't have short path due to local geography.
If I got your call correctly then you were heard in ZL Timaru.
Well, I fell off my chair, When I think of the hassle I go
through to get trampled in the cluster pile ups, and here was
the ultimate UK DX - NZ on the 13k mile path knocking on the
door. So we set up a sched and checked the charts, and made
contact at the first time of trying.