Lots of listening through the afternoon between 30, 20, 17, and 15-meters. I called CQ a few times on 30, 20, and 17-meters with no success. The propagation numbers are solar flux indice (67), K-index (15), and A-index (1). Both the K- and A-index dropped through the day.
Seventeen meters surprised me with a brief opening toward Japan and Central America. I tuned across the band just in time to work --
- XE1CT, 17.079, s5, 2231Z.
- JH0HZO, 17.071, s2, 2251Z.
Mexico and Japan are both new ones for me on 17-meters. I worked Stuart, VA7CRH on 30-meters earlier in the afternoon. Our receivability number was 4 and strength numbers were 4 and 3, respectively. Thirty meters was not stable and it was noisey as well.
I uploaded my contact information into the eQSL database as the next-to-last step that confirms our QSO. Additionally, I'm thinking about foregoing hard copy QSL cards altogether, the cost is reaching prohibitive when factoring the total cost of a QSL card i.e. envelope, international receipt coupons, stamps, green stamps, printed card, and fuel to the post office.
Log Book of the World and eQSL when taken in combination adequately compensate for the loss of the hardcopy QSL. However, I may order a batch of cards just to collect those rare ones as part of the romance and nostalgia of ham radio. It's a tough call right now.