Yap Island FSM QTH of V63GG
Dropped by the shack this morning to check the email before heading out the door. V63GG was spotted on 40M and I thought "yea right.." but I clicked the spot anyway on SpotCollector and that automatically brought up my station, amp, and correct antenna choice to V63GG's freq. I didn't even check the SWR or power out. There was no time to waste and I knew everything was ready to pounce if he was there. Seemed at first like nothing, nada, no one calling, then -.-. --.- one dBm out of the noise. I powered up the amp, (I LOVE instant on amps) turned down the keyer speed and gave him a call. The iron was hot so I struck! The result:
The terminator was quickly approaching as day was breaking.
And he was growing in strength with grayline enhancement. Others were now calling him simplex
I captured these pics a couple minutes after I logged him and you can get some idea of his strength in the skimmer screen and at the bottom of the pan/waterfall,
Band noise was -105 dBm on the average and V63GG was -104 dBm with 3 dBm peak variability
The band was quiet but I didn't have time to grab a lightning tracker shot. What I had was all I needed to get the job done, Flex 6500, ALS-1300, 1/2 wave end fed vertical on 40M, all integrated with my logging and spotting software. I was nano seconds from being late getting out the door, so out I went. Never did get the email checked but that is the job of my cellphone anyway. As I drove away the sun was in my eyes just peeking over the tree line as I drove due east toward the Atlantic, the grayline had arrived. Micronesia in the log, in one minute. Nice way to start my Friday :)