An Amazing Mobile Contact!

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    Jamey Finchum
    Jamey Finchum
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    I was driving home tonight tuning around on 20 meters a little after 10:00 pm. I worked a station (KA0BOJ) in Nebraska at the Branched Oak Observatory and we exchanged 59 reports with both of us working on 100 watts. He had a very strong and clear signal. Hopefully, this was a sign for some good band conditions and DX! We said 73 and I tuned around some more to see what the ride home had in store for me.

    I heard a station calling CQ, but it wasn’t very strong. I finally heard the callsign, RO9O – a Russian station. Then I heard him give his QTH as Siberia (Asiatic Russia)! I don’t have any stations logged from Asia from home and definitely not in the mobile.

    I started throwing my call out with no luck, but kept trying just for the fun of it. Just when I was thinking there was no hope, I heard him come back, “the alpha charlie mobile station.” I called back and had to repeat my call several times. He came back to me with, “alpha charlie one alpha charlie.” I was starting to sweat – hoping I wouldn’t get covered up by the bigger stations and entered into the log incorrectly. I called back, panicked, “negative, negative on the call! Alpha charlie one delta charlie!” He heard me! He came back, “alpha charlie one delta charlie, roger? AC/DC!! Nice call!” I’ve got him in the log and will send out a QSL card in the morning!

    The approximate distance is about 5,500 miles on 100 watts. Not bad for my little mobile station!

    73,

    Jamey (AC1DC)

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    Michael Lospennato
    Michael Lospennato
    Participant

    Awesome!

    73, Mike, W1LOC

    #36209
    Fred Kemmerer
    Fred Kemmerer
    Keymaster

    Great contact Jamey – super DX from your mobile!

    - Fred (AB1OC)
    President, Nashua Area Radio Society

    ab1oc@arrl.net
    Visit us on the web at - https://www.n1fd.org

    #36221

    Tom Mahon
    Participant

    Great job, Jamey. Luck has sometimes been defined as “where preparation meets opportunity”. Especially when the gods smile.

    #36225
    Craig Tarbox
    Craig Tarbox
    Participant

    Great Post!

    My adrenaline went up just reading about the contacts you made and your reaction to each.

    Craig
    (AC1BK)

    #36399
    Curtis Dude
    Curtis Dude
    Participant

    Jamie, this truly is an amazing mobile contact you described. Great catch. I too noticed a nice opening into Asiatic Russia, but I was working them digital.

    The one station I worked had a very strong signal and the thought of jumping over to Upper Side Band to see if there were any good DX did cross my mind. Unfortunately for me I decided to stay on the digital portion of the band.

    What antenna were you using?

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    Jamey Finchum
    Jamey Finchum
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    Curtis,

    I was on my ICOM 7100 at 100 watts running through my Little TarHeel II antenna. I really enjoy that antenna. It gets 6 – 80 m and I’m still always amazed, even in this poor solar cycle, of the DX that I can get.

    Jamey (AC1DC)

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