|K-96 Fishing Lake (red dot is where I parked)|
First thing I always do is pull up SOTA GOAT on my iPhone to see if any SOTA activators are spotted. There were several on 20 meters. I could not hear any of them although I could hear stations calling them.
So I changed to 17 meters and heard several DX stations. I heard PI4DX (Netherlands) calling CQ booming in here 599. I missed him a couple of times, but then I snagged him! He said I was 599 also. Interesting that there wasn't a huge pileup - maybe he is not that rare. HE WAS RARE for me! :) After looking up the call it is actually a contest station put together for 5 or 6 guys - nice setup. Erik was the OP today. QRZ shows his station at 4,674.5 miles away!
Then I looked at the SOTA spots again and noticed K0JQZ was on 30 meters. I thought maybe on 20 meters they were skipping over me, and I might have a shot on 30 meters. Sure enough there Frank was calling CQ. I dropped him a call and we exchanged 559 both ways. This is the fourth time I have worked Frank as a chaser. Today he was on W0/FR-063. This was good for 4 /SOTA points which puts me at 68 total points.
After working Frank I went back to 17 meters - this DX stuff has me pumped. I tuned around and heard XE2ST calling CQ. I was first to respond and he got me after a couple repeats on my call. He gave me a 559 and he was 599. When I was replying with my information I heard him say "YES" and I heard another station calling CQ behind him. Anyway, he copied enough that he said I was in his log and we signed. Fernando is in Mexico. Another fun DX contact in the books!