This last weekend was the RSGB's Commonwealth Contest. Though we had a busy weekend with one thing and another (all good), I found a few minutes to get on and enjoy the event. The nice thing about the Commonwealth Contest is that because it's not a high volume event, you can treat it as a DXers contest and still make a reasonable number of contacts by going at the right time.
Or, in my case, just making some interesting contacts by picking the best times. I took a few moments on Saturday afternoon to look on HF, but conditions were pretty horrid. I worked ZC4VJ on 15m and a number of VEs, including my friend VE3EJ on 20m.
We went out for dinner on Saturday evening, which meant that looking on 80m at sunrise on Sunday morning was 'off'! However, I was up in time to take a look on 40m and was delighted that I did, finding VE3EJ again as well as more distantly, several stations from Australia and New Zealand. VK7GK was a huge signal in particular.
Though it's not everyone's cup of tea - I think it's a wonderful contest!