DP1POL, the German research station working in Antartica turned out to be one of my easiest contacts all day.
As some of you know I have been questioning the accuracy of PSK Reporter for various reasons. One reason was the reporting of DP1POL. In this case I couldn’t understand how on my QRP rig would report me being picked up by him but I would never see him available on my software to work. I could see other stations working him.
Last night being on my ICOM 746 Pro and the beam he showed up on my screen as he was working somebody else. So I thought, what have I got to loose, so I made a call to him and voila on the first try he came back to me.
Of course my software had to act up as we started but never the less I somehow made it through the contact and DP1POL is now officially in the log book and I have my first contact into Antartica. The mode was JT65 and if memory serves me correctly I believe he will be active until Feb 15. I’ve only seen him on 20m.