10m is open to Japan! konnichiwa! 今日は
Today I was finally able to work some Japanese hams for the first time. I have been trying to work Japaneese stations for awhile now, but the conditions were never really good enough for me to work over there. That is until today. I didn’t just make one contact with Japan, I got to make 3!!!
Using the Flex 5000A, my trusty Hustler 6BTV vertical and just 100 watts I was able to make 3 good contacts to Japan finally! I was elated to add them to the log.
First up was Yoshi JA1oJJ outside of Tokyo. We actually had a small rag-chew type qso which was very pleasant and rewarding since most of the time they are simple signal report exchanges. He was such a nice guy and I explained to him that he was my first ever contact to Japan.
Second up I spoke to Mashiko JE1LET in Odawara, a coastal city not very far from Yokohama. Mashiko was also a very nice guy and we enjoyed another short rag-chew style QSO as opposed to the quick signal reports. Again I found this fun as he told me a bit about his station and I told him a bit about mine as well.
Lastly I was able to make a contact with Teruo, JA3JOT. This last contact was more of a tough one since there were strong state-side stations 50khz above and 100 khz below the frequency. This made for some strong QRM that made it difficult to pull out his 5/4 signal at times. But with a bit of timing between when the interfering stations were talking and when Teruo was speaking, we made the contact.
I had so much fun making the contacts. But then the band started to fade out some on me, so I hung it up for the night.
I plan on rushing home every night to see if 10m is open for great DX.
73! de Nick N9SJA