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Like an F1 driver not content on winning the championship a few races before the end of the season, I see Al is forging on till the final flag is waved. Well done on Dodecanese. I have only ever had one contact ever to there, that was, according to my records, on 11m with 59SG00 in Feb '94. I don't think I have even heard a station from there since, let alone even had the chance to try contact one calling.
There's been a strong station on 11m from 212 div Aland Isl for the past couple hours. Just a heads up. I have been listening on and off on 10m and putting a few calls out hoping one would pop up from there, but only managed Norway so far. Might be worth listening and putting a few calls out if any of you need that one for this challenge.
Thanks guys and no, I never thought 100 was possible, was aiming to equal my best of 72 i think but never thought this was possible! Hard to believe its the final month. Its not over yet though, no fat lady singing and no cigar, also Craig having spare time is worrying lol, may give him a few jobs to keep him busy Still sat here with a brew with one eye on the cluster.
My 'fat lady' didn't even get off her ass to sing and smoked the cigar anyway!
Honestly well done Al mate, really pleased for you and bet you've enjoyed yourself.
I think I mentioned before that although I've been lacklustre with this years challenge it did give me a push and I found another fault with my old Yaesu. After I fixed it I was shocked as hell when I got a shout back straight from Italy with a 5/9. Problem is.....I then had fun with FT8!
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Subject: Re: 10m Dxcc summer challenge contacts 2022 Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:49 am
Listened for Andorra but heard nowt here, would have been an extra point
That's a shame. Would of loved you, or any of you here, to have gotten that one. I going to have to stop checking out the DX maps and cluster sites whilst I am stuck at work though, causing me unnecessary stresses of possible QSO opportunities I am missing out on lol.
A very big well done to you Al with that crazy 100+ countries contacted. (I believe you may have won too! )
Also a huge thanks to everyone involved with a special thanks to Neal (SangueG) for his phenomenal work with his 10 Watts or less Foundation limit and little G90.
Many thanks also to Craig for keeping the tables updated and chasing Al as much as he could giving him a serious run for his money!
My 1 point was more than I got last year but the challenge did give me the opportunity to find yet another fault with my old Yaesu. Still took me by surprise getting an SSB shout straight back from Italy after fixing it and although not part of the challenge I did bag some 60 odd contacts and I think about 20 countries or so with FT8.
Would never have happened had I not joined in the fun.
Here's to next years challenge and I'll certainly give it a better bash.
Well done all, that was certainly a lot of fun.
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Well done everyone, great efforts! A phenomenal winning score Al, it took me a few years on 11m to manage the number you've achieved in these few months on 10m.
Thank you CT team for putting this on, I really enjoyed it. Look forward to any similar challenges if members are interested, be that be on ham, 11m, or pmr.
I don't know what members thoughts are compared to last years (which I only observed)? I know scores are up, but to me the E skip has seemed generally a bit lame compared to last year. But there were a few periods of awesome distance DX, especially near the beginning (and annoyingly just before the challenge started).
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Same here, some cracking dx at the start with quite a few new countries itl but yes, e skip was poor, was dead here for the last month with the odd burst you see on cluster but gone before you get to your radio lol. One for 11m being worked on atm so eyes peeled
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