7O Yemenby M0TTB - Andy on 05/01/12
This one popped up to surprise us all, although it's quite clear why they kept it hushed up til the last minute. I guess the actual location on Socotra Island helped in terms of security for the dxped, rather than the mainland...and of course it's a very desirable IOTA.
I wasn't too confident of getting them in the log within a day of them starting, but they are in my logbook on both 17m and 12m after today. Although it's a very nice path from G to 7O, it's an even better path for much of EU, so the pile-ups are thick and deep with strong EU. The 7O team are putting out good signals and they are there for 2 weeks, so it's really not a case of 'will I work them?', more a case of 'when and on how many bands?'
Other news, I've had Ofcom around trying to find and cure some noise I have been suffering from for the last 2 weeks. Basically, in one direction (West), I have the noise floor raised by around 5 S points on 20m and around 4 S points on 10m, my other bands are not effected in any meaningful way. The main worry is that this noise is 24/7, so not even a chance to work around it in times that I operate.
Unfortunately Ofcom could not trace the origin of the noise, although the chap tried valiantly with an array of juicy looking Rhode & Schwartz gear. The problem really is that it is simply wideband noise rather than interference where there are nice audible peaks to DF. And it has to be said, the problem is not strong in the scheme of things. They haven't closed the case, and a bit more investigation may take place, but I'm not confident this will be resolved to my satisfaction.