On 2009-11-07 at around 18:00Z, I had the great luck to contact TX3A on the Chesterfield Islands on top band. George and Tomi’s month-long expedition to this remote island is an extraordinary achievement, but their salt water grounding has clearly made an exceptional LF activation possible. While this might seem like an easy path on 20M, by the time you get to 160M it doesn’t even feature in standard propagation predictions. Here is the path at the time of the QSO.
My 160m antenna is a 40ft vertical with coils at 6ft and 32ft, making it at best average – definitely not a big gun with only 400W in. Considering the distance, the competition for a QSO and the band, I am still amazed and delighted by this QSO. It is going to take some beating.