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Got Midway DXpedition

This week the K4M DXpedition to Midway Island has been on the air. I made a few half-hearted tries at working them on 17 meters this week in the late afternoon, and heard them before work on Friday morning on 40 meters, but didn’t have time to chase it. So this morning (Saturday) I got up at 4 a.m. as they are only on the air for a few more days.

By 4:40 I had them in the log on 40 meter cw and I got them on 30 meters by 5:30. I spent a little time on 80, but I couldn’t hear them very well. I actually heard them better on 160 this morning, but didn’t have any luck snagging them there. I tried a little on 40 SSB, but at that point the sun was coming up. Oh well, I got them on two bands, so I’m happy.

Now it’s 7 a.m. and I’m ready for a nap. Tomorrow is the Illinois QSO party, and I plan on hitting it hard. I’ll have an update tomorrow night.

There is a new radio in the house. I’ve had sellers remorse ever since I sold my Icom 756ProIII a year and a half ago. I even bought a used 756Pro to try to make up for it, but still missed the extra features and tweaks in the Pro III. So this week I bought a Pro III on close-out, for about what I sold my old one for last year. The Pro is up on E-Bay this morning.

In my DX chasing, I was jumping between the Pro III and the K3 on different bands. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but I’ll say I’m happy with my purchase of the Pro III. On some band conditions, it heard K4M better than the K3. In other conditions, the K3 heard the station better than the ProIII. Both are great radios. I’m happy.