A few Edits after communicating by email with Yoon HL5BLI
After my morning swim – also a first for the new year – I stopped at my office to do a couple small chores. I ran up my remote Flex-6700 at the home QTH and set it to run FT8 while I watered my plants and fiddled with a new trackball mouse.
Wow – almost right away (after my second CQ K9ZW transmission) I hit a DX QSO from a country that is uncommon when I am working with my vertical on 30m.
It was HL5BLI Soo-won Yoon from Ulsan city, on the south east coast of South Korea. Yoon came in strong and we quickly complete our QSO.
It was really nice that first K9ZW 2021 QSO ended up being a DX QSO, and as I found when I looked up his call on QRZ.com, an all FlexRadio QSO to boot!
Yoon HL5BLI uses a Flex-6400 and I was using a Flex-6700 as we made the 10,400 KM (roughly 6,500 mile) QSO. Later by email Yoon HL5BLI confirmed he was also operating barefoot and that it was also his first QSO of 2021!!
A very good QSO to start off my 2021 radio efforts!