Before I left the house, I jumped on 20 Meters for a few minutes this morning around 12oo UTC. The band was open to Europe; and I managed to work a station from Latvia YL3UZ.
I heard stations from England, Scotland, Russia and Poland, to toss a few country names out there.
QSB was deep and I heard the Latvian station call CQ and was surprised that I was heard first try. He was 579 and I received a 559 in return, which I will gladly accept any day of the week! Everytime I accomplish something like this with only 5 Watts, I still get that old "Novice Thrill" back again!
I tried working SP2009B; but the band started changing; and I had to get a move on.
73 de Larry W2LJ