Despite lackluster band conditions it’s been a good week. A few new confirmations have rolled my DXCC odometer to 121 worked and 110 confirmed (mixed) with more in the pipeline and hope for at least a few more confirmations over the coming days.

I noticed a couple of weak six meter openings over the last few days but no DX joy for me. I worked a handful of stations but only one new state in the log. It was frustrating to watch east coast stations working Europe one after another while I could only detect the domestic end of those contacts.

The austral path continues to hold up its end of the bargain with VK’s and ZL’s worked daily at my sunrise. Exploring South America via radio has been a treat though I still need Paraguay and Bolivia so that travelogue is not quite complete.

My 22 contacts in the Friday afternoon SST was on par with my average performance in the K1USN event using 50 watts and a portable vertical (CHA MPAS Lite) from the patio. Working CT7AUP in the sprint was a real treat!

So it has been a good week here! With half the year nearly behind us my attention is turning to preparations for the DX contests that take place later in the year. And the upcoming DXpeditions including Sable Island, Crozet, and Bouvet Island.