I tried this morning to work Ghana and I have tried this evening to work Ghana, but no luck. I do not have the antenna or the power to make the journey. My 40m dipole is not really optimal for Africa, its more aligned for north America. I will sit here and keep trying and hope to get lucky and that my 30w makes the distance.
While not a new country, I have worked Bulgaria on 20 and 15m CW and SSB, this is the first time I have worked them Digital and takes me another step closer to DXCC digital.
This contact was a matter of call a few times, stop, wait, call a few times more. I think he was being crushed by some stronger signal, though it could be that my antenna just sucks. Well, lets just assume that my antenna sucks, because I looked him up on QRZ and he is running a 3 element (looks like a stepir or similar) and I am running a crappy vertical and 30w HAHAHA. Amazed i made it at all.
Moral of the story, be patient and keep trying. You can get there in the end.
So i was spinning the dial and seeing what I could hear. Heard some SSB on 10m and while tuning down to the CW part of the band heard a huge commotion on FT8 so opened up the software and made a few contacts. I do not do 10m all that much and its not a band that really interests me, but a few in the log when spinning the dial is ok by me. Better than the painful conversations I was hearing about organic broccoli on 40m.
The wife has a turn out on today and my contribution to this affair was to bake my world famous bacon and cheese pull apart. To give you some rough proportions of this monster, its about 400x250x150mm, layers of dough bacon and cheese. Pity i do not get to eat any of it. Its all for the lady conference taking place here HAHAHA.