For once I had raised my power on 10m WSPR to see if I could get a 2-way to Australia. When I saw that, I adjourned to JT65 to see if I could get a "QSO" (still looking for ZL really).
This was the immediate result:-
He came back to my first CQ. He was quite strong here (-11dB) so I could easily listen to the QSO on the speakers.
Setup here was the normal one ::: FT-817, RM KL-203 running about 25 watts, Gainmaster ex-CB antenna. Mode JT65 using WSJT-X software (certainly the easiest way to run data). 9296km.
I scrounged around trying to get something better but I only made it to SP5FCZ on 10m. On 12m RZ4HL answered by CQ and gave me a report but then disappeared.
I am still surprised by that morning path to VK on 10 metres. It did fail for a couple of months earlier this year, but it seems to be back on a regular basis. I have used this path to get me into East Asia on a number of occasions, and a contact into Japan still makes me happy. Someday I would like to go there, but I doubt it will ever happen.
Yesterday brought a nice JT65 QSO into Lithuania on 6 metres.
The easy way to put this to rest is to work Lithuania on SSB on 4m by Sporadic E. Is hasn't happened yet. LY2VM was the only station I could hear during yesterday's event. There was nobody else on 6m, never mind 4m.
Ah, it is just another challenge.
I have been watching stations on Malta working into G-land on 4m for about a week - I bet that is going to be a difficult one too.
Last night about 21:00 there were several stations, including Chris GM4ZFI (not far away) working into Brazil on 6m. I only heard snatches, and my CW wasn't up to it anyway. I wonder what I can do about that.