It's definitely not often that you hear a CQ from a station with a callsign like that! But that was the case tonight on 30 Meters. Around 23:40 UTC, I heard H74LEON calling CQ on 10.110 MHz.
Not knowing exactly where or what this station was, I jumped into the fray, anyway. At 23:42 UTC, I made it into the logbook. 30 Meters doesn't play so well on the G5RV; so I made this QSO using the Butternut HF9V vertical.
OK, so now I'm in the log - time to investigate exactly who it was that I worked. It turns out that H74LEON is a special event station in Leon, Nicaragua, set up the commemorate the 400th anniversary of the relocation of the city. Yes, that's right - the total relocation of the city!
It seems that Leon was originally founded in the year 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba. The city was relocated about 20 miles to the west after it was severely damaged by flooding from Lake Managua. The flooding was the result of an eruption of the Momotomba volcano in 1610.
Throughout my Ham career, I have always loved chasing special event stations. Anymore, it's not all that common to run into a special event station that is making use of CW. This was a nice surprise.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!