Contact made (yesterday): HI3/AD7GW on 15 Meters Amateur Radio Band by KA4UDX. I now have 5 contacts into the Dominican Republic on the 40 Meter, 20 Meter, 15 Meter, 10 Meter, and 6 Meter bands. Two of them are a a repeat contacted station with different dates and frequency bands.
* Special Note: HI3 indicates his actual location as his call sign is a U.S. Call Sign indicating that he was licensed in the state of Colorado:
BRIAN R HEARN
9308 Fallen Rock Rd
CONIFER, CO 80433
* See HI3:
HIA-HIZ Dominican Republic
…… HI Dominican Rep (ITU Zone 11 CQ Zone 08) [lat 18.3 long -69.9] (start 11/15/45}
HI1 Isla Beata
HI2 Isla Saona, Isla Catalina
HI3 Duarte, Espaillat, La Vega, Monsenor Novel, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Sanchez Ramirez, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez
HI4 Dajabon, Monte Cristi, Valverde
HI5 Baoruco, Barahona, Independencia, Pedernales
HI6 Azua, La Estrelleta, San Juan
HI7 El Seibo, Hato Major, La Altagracia, La Romana, San Pedro de Macoris
HI8 Distrito Nacional, Monte Plata, Peravia, San Cristobal, Santo Domingo
HI9 Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Samana
HI0 Club Stations
* I don’t have my confirming QSL card from him yet … so I will post his QRZ.COM card image.
HI3/AD7GW QRZ.COM Image
HI3-AD7GW Google Earth Geography
That’s around 776 miles at a bearing around 126 degrees
Skirting the Bahamas, staying north of Cuba, across the Turks and Caicos Islands,
and landing in the Dominican Republic. (Our Radio Signals, that is!)
* Note: Sometimes DX contacts are quite short … to the point … A call sign exchange, signal reports, first names, and off the chase the next far away contact. This is often the case in what is called a “DX Pileup” where one distant station is being called by LOTS of other stations, mostly US. It takes quite a skill (I think I was born with it) to even get in there at all in most DX Pileups. This contact, with HI3/AD7GW wasn’t that way at all. 15 Meters was quite quiet, although we had “propogation” working for us. Sometimes this happens on some bands when *others* don’t learn of the band opening (propogation opening) on a particular band. No pileup occurs, and you can chat away at your leisure. I had that chance on this one and really enjoyed it. I like both ways, the wam bam … get that country, and sometimes the more leisurely chat where you can actually talk about something interesting.
HI3/AD7GW is actually mobile … scroll down the page on: http://www.qrz.com/db/ad7gw and you can see his vehicle and read more about it. That’s pretty impressive. But reminds me of what 11 meters (CB Radio) propogation was like back in the late 70′s to early 80′s where you could talk all of the the US on SSB on 11 meters. Well the same kind of thing seems to be rolling in here recently on the Amateur Radio bands. We’ve had openings on bands that have been dead. Some of this is Sporadic E … possibly weather related … I think I already wrote about that earlier so I won’t duplicate that here. It was a nice longer than expected chat though. And I hope to do it again.
73 de KA4UDX,