Dear Shu-san, How are you? I am currently on the Halifax airport waiting for my flight
connection to Ottawa, where a friend will come to pick me up by car (180 km from
Kingston). The original return schedule is out the window with all these delays, etc.
I thought that I heard you once in the pile-up from NA-194, called you twice, but I could not copy your reply. I corresponded to Gou-san and Nob-san over the last days. This is my first IOTA operation ever and it was a difficult one. Logistics, long waiting here and there, very cold temperatures at night, mosquitos and black flies (we could not use any insect repellant because the smell would have altered dogs abilities and we were in the polar and black bear territory!), etc. However, I stayed firm on my desire to offer new
ones for chasers all over the worlds. It was easy to work NA and EU for many hours during the day, but JA and far east Asia has a rather short time window. VK and ZL stations had an even shorter window. As such, despite numerous stations from EU who continuously ignored my directional calls I continued to call JA ans AS and many stations made it into the log. I know that our signals were not always very strong, but these were the conditions we had and it also depended on the DX station conditions to be able to pull us out of the mud. I think that I logged approx 100 stations from Asia from each island, most of them from JA. Please find attached the recording of our signals received from Koji-san, JA1CQK, the JA station who logged us first, from each island! During our stay on Finger Hill Is. (NA-194) I only slept 3 hours, and only because of the fact that we had above us the Northern Lights which killed the bands abruptly. On Paul Is. I slept 3 hours the first night and 5 hours the second night, because the bands died on me. Unfortunately, last night on Paul Is. I got bitten horibly badly by a black fly (despite the fact that I was convinced that I killed them all) and I had a very bad reaction to it. My entire left cheek got huge and impared my vision. It was terrible. I am a little better, but it will probably take a few more days. Ken (G3OCA) managed unfortunately to kill his rig. I think that his battery connecter sparked and he actually killed the fuse, but since he didn`t have any spare, there was no point even checking. Then, he left from Paul Is. approx 30 hours before me due to numerous complications related to his return. Best wishes and 73,