Good afternoon from CY9C. It’s our last full day of HF operations so we’re shaking every last contact from the bands that we can. As I type this, we’re about to break 25,000 QSOs! We’ve worked 10, 15 and 20 during daylight so far, and Pat, N2IEN had a great run on 40 CW this morning. Right now, 3 stations are running FT8 on 10, 15 and 20 at really good rates – I can barely keep up with the pile-up on 20. We’ll go back to phone and CW when this run peters out. I’m hoping to make another go of 80 phone tonight – the static crashes caused by all the storm activity in the north-east were at S9+5. I’m still shocked that we’ve had runs on 10 and 12 on this trip, especially since the K level 3 days ago was 8!
We’re going to try for some more satellite passes before we leave tomorrow. I know no one owns the birds, but we’re limited in power and antennas here and would appreciate the indulgence of the AMSAT community in letting us in to give FN97 to as many people as we possibly can before we shut down that station this evening.
Lee, WW2DX has completed his operations and has torn down most of his gear for transport back to the mainland today. AMSAT will remain until tomorrow, along with our HF stations. The 20m monobander will be the last antenna to come down, and we’ll leave one station running as long as possible tomorrow. Once we shut down, we’ll resync all 4 computers to ensure the log is complete, immediately dump it to ClubLog and turn on the OQRS service. Processes to log changes will be posted to the CY9C Website after we get home, get some rest and figure out what to do.
This will be my last blog post from St. Paul Island. While I will keep tweeting, when next I post here, Connor and I will be in our hotel room on Cape Breton Island, enjoying hot showers and having a well deserved celebratory dinner before we embark on our drive home Friday morning.
Keep trying to work us – we’ll be here all night 🙂
vy 73 de VA3QR/CY9