Spinning the dial on the low-end of the 20 meter band last night I spun across FM5BH calling CQ. The call seemed familiar and though I have worked Martinique, I gave him a call. A minute later he was in the log and I kept looking for more without much luck.

When I was done for the night I thought I’d double-check that call. Sure enough, I had worked FM5BH before, nearly twenty years ago. We last worked on February 15th, 2003. Same band, same mode, nearly the the same frequency.

I consider myself fortunate to work operators whose consistency spans time. It’s a comfortable luxury to find such reliable stations pounding away into the aether some twenty-years on.