I didn't power-up the tx since a number of months. As always, no time - correction - other priorities
that prevented me to go to the shack.
On Monday, after a holiday weekend outside the qth, the shack was cleaned up (the huge amount of OJ0V cards were everywhere on my desk) and the ampli put on.
But I missed the important window of 7-8 hr utc to work both K9W and T33A. Damn, I needed these two entities since I missed the previous Banaba expedition some years ago.
This morning I left our qth and went quickly to my shack-qth to make (try to make) the two needed contacts.
T33A was only available in rtty on 20m, and I do not have equipment for rtty. K9W was on 15m cw but only eastern Europe was heard. After an hour, the signal got stronger and I started to call. Very difficult because the operator was sweeping frequency all the time.
I have had a lucky moment (power helps a lot) : he took me out of the pile-up via the long path. New dxcc worked !
I even had double luck : some minutes after my qso, the well famous European zoo woke up and qrm was made on the call-frequency. K9W couldn't do anything else than go to ssb.
What a shame ! Again and again, expedition after expedition...
Is this the reason why T33A was working JA and W and not Europe ? Anyway I had no possibility to hear T33A, and I had to go to qrl...
In a very last effort, I could make a second qso with K9W, this time on 12m ssb via the short path.
Steppir is very nice instrument to play in this kind of conditions. Quickly band change, instant lp/sp change.
To be continued....