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20th Brought the 50MHz array out of hibernation today for my first 6m QSOs of the year. EME condx quite good. 5 JAs of which 4 were new, KL7HBK and VK4MA init # 

12th A few FT8 QSOs into EU to warm up the amp then V84SAA on 50MHz EME for Initial #210 and DXCC #247. (Delighted to have worked the Brunei Team on 160m & 80m CW, 80m FT8 plus of course 6m EME!)
16th New 50MHz EME initial # 211 with VK5ARG club
20th New 50MHz EME initial # 212 with Ken AC4TO

As can be seen I have not been on the radio much - antennas tied down as very strong winds for half of month.
19th A hard won 50Mhz EME contact for EME country #84 and new initial #214 with Gene KB7Q at PJ2T in Curacao:-)

12th A nice easy contact via the moon on 50MHz with the T77C San Marino DXpedition for EME DXCC # 85
17th A nice easy contact via the moon on 144MHz with the 9K2YM Kuwait  for 144MHz EME DXCC # 73
18th Finally! VP2EMB Anguila contacted via the moon on 144MHz   for 144MHz EME DXCC # 74 My switchable polarity array really paid off with Chris and Jos inaudible on the horizontal yagis and -20 on the 2 vertical LFAs
24th After a few days of short 50MHz Es openings today saw a much more widespread affair with stable multi hop. I was only on for about 3 hours early evening but collected 20 countries including S01WS in Western Sahara on 110 SSB with 4X and 9K heard.
25th Another few hours in the afternoon took my annual 50MHz total to 43 DXCC:-)

May - as the Es season kicks in I will not be reporting fully here - just highlights
6th Another few hours as the 6m Es season begins to build - today best worked Cape Verde D4 but Puerto Rico KP4 in briefly also. Now at 49 countries so far this year.
7th Lance CP1GJ worked on 50MHz EME for DXCC#248 and initial # 216 / country #85 via the moon:-) COUNTRY # 50 ON 50MHz IN 2019!
8th KH0/W2AZ Saipan worked on 144MHz EME for DXCC#76 and initial # 216 :-) Yet again the 2 Vertical 12el LFAs which I added to my 4 x 12el LFA array paid dividends. Previously a good signal on the 4 H pol yagis, KH0/W2AZ faded as I called them. I switched to th 2 Vpol and they were easy copy - I completed the contact with Vpol for both TX and RX despite 3dB less antenna gain:-)
9th 09:00z Just worked Remi FK8CP in Noumea New Caledonia on 50MHz EME for DXCC#249 and initial # 217 / country #86 via the moon:-)
10th An hour or so on 144MHz EME yielded 3 new initials including HL5OC in S Korea for DXCC #76
11th 01:00z Just worked Chris ZL7DX Chatham Islands after several months of skeds (thanks Chris)  - 50MHz EME for
DXCC#250 and initial # 218 / country #87 via the moon:-) Moon below 3deg at both ends!
12th The Es season has started - "The glorious 12th"
13th My annual 50MHz DXCC countries count has jumped to 64 with A71 as my ODX on Es so far this season
14th - great multi Es including 5T5 - but I was not QRV
15th On briefly for new 144MHz EME initial # with DK0IZ
18th - 24th summary - a good week of Es. Now up to 76 countries worked on 50Mhz so far this year - much improved on recent years. The ODX (distance) charg is also looking good: (only > 4,000km shown)

Best 50MHz contacts of 2019 to date 24/5/2019
Sorted By: QRB descending, Date descending
  2019-05-11 0102 ZL7DX AE16 ro rr JT65A 19083
  2019-05-09 0852 FK8CP RG37 ro rrr JT65A 16828
  2019-05-07 2017 CP1GJ FH53 ro rrr JT65A 9719
  2019-05-24 1528 WX4G EL87 -12 -14 FT8 6894
  2019-05-24 1518 W4TAA EL87 -04 -13 FT8 6894
  2019-05-24 1630 FG8OJ FK96 +03 +01 FT8 6243
  2019-05-22 1734 A45XR LL93 -14 -16 FT8 6166
  2019-05-17 1838 TR8CA JJ40 -14 -16 FT8 5696
  2019-05-13 1653 A71AM LL55 -04 +04 FT8 5494
  2019-05-24 1242 9K2NO LL39 +04 -14 FT8 4928
  2019-05-06 1807 D41CV HK76 -13 +03 FT8 4156
  2019-05-24 1258 4Z5AV KL79 -15 -17 FT8 4019










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