CQ WW RTTY DX Contest - Day 1

Well, actually it is day one plus four hours or so. I haven't been really "competing" but I have been grabbing the QSOs that I could. So far I've racked up 160 QSOs on 4 continents, 42 countries, 28 US states, 7 Canadian providences, and 16 CQ zones. Not bad for someone just sitting back working the lines.

I even worked Brazil and the Galapagos Islands on 10 meters! Who says the bands are dead! Heck, I worked the Galapagos Islands on 10m, 15m, 20m, and 40m and they were the loudest on 10m!

It is 0400z on 30 Sep right now and Europe is coming in very strong on 40m and are weak but there on 80m. I tried to work Italy and the Czech Republic but just couldn't be heard over the racket of the Canadians. I think propagation is going over the north pole as many of the stations being worked by the Europeans are Canadians. Of course I could be wrong, just an observation.

Anyway, I'm worked everyone that can hear me and I'm continuously running into the same people over and over again. Think I'm going to lay down and take a nap and see if I can get back up around 0900z for the sunrise and the grey zone when 20m and 15m will hopefully come back to life.

BTW, propagation hasn't been the best at all today. The SFI has hovered around 68 while the "A" value went from 17 to 26 and the "K" value went from 5 to a 3. I'm hoping for better conditions tomorrow. Maybe even an opening to Asia and Oceania would be nice.