Sunday, 20 May 2012
My First 4m SSB Contact into Europe.
It may not seem much to some but I made my very first SSB contact into Europe today on 70MHz. I was scanning around my trusted Anytone 4m radio when I heard SSB breakthrough on 70.200 MHz FM, I took the antenna out of the Anytone and put it into the Yaesu FT-847 and heard IZ5ILX calling on 70.205 USB, I gave him a shout and he answered me straight away, 5x9 both ways... I was a happy camper!!
From my locator to his is approx 993 miles.
Now Italy is not very far away, but bearing in mind I was only running 10 watts into a vertical omni-directional antenna I was very happy to have made that contact..
There were a few other Italian stations on the band but they disappeared very quickly into the QSB..