Congratulations to our newest General Class ham, KC1CWX. Forrest took his General Exam today and passed. Just in time to snag Navassa Island on the HF bands. As a new technician, Forrest has already been active on the repeaters and 10 Meter HF, and looks forward to being able to operate on all bands now.
K1N, Navassa Island, is the #2 most wanted DX entity. That need will be satisfied over the week or so as they are now on the air. Propagation into the New England states is fantastic, with S9 signals on multiple bands during the daylight, and one or two bands 24×7. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that the pileups are fierce. 30-Meter pileups have filled almost the entire band, and 70+ KHz pileups on the SSB bands is not uncommon. Still its worth the effort to snag this rare DX.
Information on Navassa, including some excellent photographs, can be found here.