In my quest to work as many DXCC countries as possible in 2013, I figured ZS8 Prince Edward and Marion Island would rank up on the top of the list as one of the hardest to work. Even when Pierre (ZS1HF) was there as ZS8M in late 2010/early 2011, I never heard Marion on the shortpath, only the longpath over Japan. Longpath propagation is tough because on one hand it gives Colorado an advantage over the East Coast, but it also runs straight into the California kilowatts on the West Coast.
David (ZS8Z) showed up on 20 meters longpath with a decent signal this morning. He was working simplex after his chat with Volker, ZS3Y. After getting the rig and antenna dialed in, I gave him a shout and was lucky enough to put him in the log. Many thanks for DXCC #260 for 2013 David!
Here's the recording from our QSO this morning:
QSL to ZS8Z via:
Pierre D. Tromp, ZS1HF
P.O Box 151
I couldn't find an Online Log for ZS8Z, but Pierre did indeed upload his ZS8M QSO's to LoTW sometime after he got back to South Africa (from Marion). Hopefully David (ZS8Z) will too.
UPDATED May 16th, 1645Z
I happened to be listening to YB0NFL working a pileup on 20 Meters this morning when I heard David (ZS8Z) stop in to say hello. David graciously moved down to 14.160 after his Q. I hit the recorder a little late, but here's what transpired this morning. Good stuff.