A few weeks back, I saw a news item on the IRTS news about an upcoming Irish DX expedition to Antigua in the Caribbean. Usually, I just ignore any news items about DX but the fact it was an Irish team caught my interest.
I checked the DX Cluster a few times to see if they were on 28 MHz CW but to no avail. One day, I saw them being spotted by European stations but there was no sign of them in my location.
On the 30th of March 2023, I finally worked them.
As for whether it was a new country or not, I have no idea. I suspect not as I’ve worked well over 200 countries on 28 MHz and Antigua isn’t that rare as far as I know.
As for the distance, it was just under 6000kms which is about right for two F2 layer hops.
According to the Proppy HF propagation website, the path seems to have been reasonably easy on 28 MHz as expected. The challenge really is getting through the pile up of stations from Europe and North America rather than just being heard.
Link: V26EI website… http://v26ei.eidxg.com/