Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Worked Tonga - A35EU
While sitting in the shack and learning a little about Winlink, I saw someone spot A35EU in Tonga on the DX cluster. I had never worked Tonga and was not even sure where it was. The spot showed the station to be on 18.104 FT8 using "fox and hound". So I set WSJT-X up as a "hound" and manually tuned to 18.104 mHz. Sure enough there was the Tonga DXpedition station working several stations. I was able to work them quickly and get them logged!
Tonga is a Polynesian country and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 290 square miles scattered over 270,000 square miles of the southern Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the farther west.
At over 7,100 miles away, I was glad to work Tonga for the first time with 50watts on a dipole!
73 and good DX de KG4LST sk
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