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5W0M  ... Talofa ... Afio mai !
from Le Lagoto on Savaii in the northern part of the island - grid AH36TN

This fineDX-pedition is over now. 
Thanks guys for the  30 and 20m QSO.

Also the band police tuners and deliberate QRIdiots  must be complete satisfied by now....

The location of Western Samoa is special,  the difficulty is not the distance it is not the farest point from here. It is easier to contact VK1,2,3,7 ZL   at 16500-18500km from here but it is the path.
From my QTH it is straight over the northpole. That should explane the very weak signals.Why it was much easier  just about 500km south is puzzlingme.  For one or another reason it is easier to get over the north pole from  Munich or Milano or anywhere  just a tiny bit south in relation to the total distance?



This weekend   SO2C
Single operator 2 contest mode

We  had our 1/2 day of spring Sunday, it is back to storm and grey sky now.

JIDXCW    best JA signals at  28MHz  good propagation
 no contacts 80 160

 5x the scoreagainst 2012 
Hi power not real "needed" but  already used my PA for some weak signals at the beginning not expecting that good signals I was trapped in hi-power mode.


WSPR reduced power to 1W

Solar flux is on the rise again.
1W  level now seems just as good as 5W on 80 and 10m
VK7AB  reports  on 28MHz this morning again.
And  still 28MHz USA decodes now at 20:10 UTC  
Low bands are real poor but in the late night some USA decodes into EL EN are possible even with 1W
The Russian OTH radar QRM in the evening still continuous.
1 month now. 

On 70MHz running 20W  tonight is offline  again.

My last dx  5W0M 30m CW few days ago.

WSPRNET.ORG was lost now back

It's okay now  I had to force down another ad site tab  and then I could log in again.
But strange I could go to other sites normal.

Suddenly I was trapped on a page advertising for   Nuvoryn a miracle slimming agent
With unbelievable discount 300€ to 60 only tested by a real doctor.!

I was redirected to  and got this message:
NOTICE: This domain name expired on 04/04/2013 and is pending renewal or deletion.

I was a bit tense since internet banks are having access problems today again. 
North Korea could have started an internet attack?

28MHz propagation recovers a bit

Still freezing nights -5C  but finally sun is out again.
Same time the DX reports start to come back.
Coincidence or not?
Yesterday 1 decode VK7AM
this morning many

2013-04-03 08:14  VK7AM  28.126112  -26  -1  QE36ov  5  PA0O  JO33hg  16929  305
 2013-04-03 08:20  VK7AM  28.126113  -24  -1  QE36ov  5  PA0O  JO33hg  16929  305
 2013-04-03 08:38  VK7AM  28.126112  -26  -1  QE36ov  5  PA0O  JO33hg  16929  305
 2013-04-03 11:04  VK7AM  28.126112  -22  -1  QE36ov  5  PA0O  JO33hg  16929  305
 2013-04-03 11:26  VK7AM  28.126113  -26  -1  QE36ov  5  PA0O  JO33hg  16929  305
 2013-04-03 07:14  PA0O  28.126118  -24  0  JO33hg  5  VK7AB  QE37ne  16905  84
 2013-04-03 07:26  PA0O  28.126118  -20  0  JO33hg  5  VK7AB  QE37ne  16905  84
 2013-04-03 07:38  PA0O  28.126118  -20  0  JO33hg  5  VK7AB  QE37ne  16905  84
 2013-04-03 08:18  PA0O  28.126118  -7  0  JO33hg  5  VK7AB  QE37ne  16905  84
 2013-04-03 09:18  PA0O  28.126117  -18  0  JO33hg  5  VK7AB  QE37ne  16905  84
 2013-04-03 10:18  PA0O  …

OZ7IGY next generation beacon

now the ID is CW  and PI4 code
It was JT65C2 for digital ID before

It took some time to decode the new digital ID  in PI4 code 
My first impression is that  JT65C2 that was used before is decoding quicker and better. 
Possible the PI4  will be inproved
It is the first time I used this PI4  never heard about it before.
Need to read more about it.
JT65C2 did decode fast enough for a beacon 10seconds?
PI4 code  will have some more options to send extra data
and other things.