OK, so I've been chasing Mount Athos the entire time I've been a licensed Ham Radio Operator. That's 39 years now. I "THINK" I finally snagged him.
If you have ever wondered what a "barely there" QSO sounds like, listen to this recording of me working SV2ASP/A (Monk Apollo) yesterday on 10 Meters.
A couple items of note on this Q. I never operate 10 Meters, but since it's an All Time New One (ATNO) for me, I had to take a peak when I saw the Mount Athos spots on the DX Cluster. And how he ever heard me is beyond me. I was running 1,500 watts so I guess it's possible. I know I gave him a 5/9 in the recording, but the last thing I wanted to do was confuse him with a 3/2 or something like that. If it does indeed turn out that I worked him, maybe it was a little "Divine Intervention" on his part? I have a feeling we're both praying... lol. Who knows? Heck, I may not be in his log at all (as weak as the QSO was). I had to play it back 20 times to build my confidence and I do believe I have it, a bunch of my radio friends think I have it, but Elder Apollo has the final say here.
What do you think? Is it a "good one"? Drop me your thoughts in the comment box. I'm curious to hear what you think.
UPDATED. Just got Monk Apollo's (SV2ASP/A) QSL card today (December 22nd, 2011). Mount Athos finally worked and confirmed, good stuff!