On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2022, I operated with the special event call of VK90ABC to celebrate the 90 year anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
I made a total of 502 QSOs on 10, 15, 20, 40, & 80m SSB. This included 53 different DXCC entities.
The vast majority of my contacts were on the 20m band with 359 QSOs. This was followed by 61 QSOs on 40m, 38 QSOs on 15m, 37 QSOs on 10m, and just 7 QSOs on the 80m band. I tried 80m briefly on both nights, but the band was so noisy with static crashes. As a result there were few callers.
The maps below show my contacts around the world. The different pins show the bands.
- Green – 10m
- Blue – 15m
- Orange – 20m
- Red – 40m
- Blue – 80m
I worked the following DXCC entities:-
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- East Malaysia
- European Russia
- Federal Republic of Germany
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Puerto Rico
- Republic of Korea
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- Southg Cook Islands
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United States of America
Conditions into Europe and the United Kingdom on the long path on the 20m band were the best I had heard in a number of years.
The map below shows my European/UK QSOs.
I also worked 37 of the 50 US States. These contacts were made on the 10m, 20m, and 40m bands. Short path propagation on 20m into the USA during the evening was very good.
There was a very nice opening to Japan on 15m on Thursday afternoon.
The highlight for me was working a number of South African stations on 40m.
Thank you to everyone who called. It was another fun 2 days. Thanks also go to the organisers of VK90ABC who allowed me to use the call ocne again.