TR8CA was working a huge pileup on phone. He started out simplex and then split and again simplex. I was able to get through on the third go-around simplex. I could not not beat the other stations with 500 watts - not getting through the stronger stations. I re-peaked the Drake L4B for 1000+ watts and finally got through. The station op Alain speaks French, Spanish , Italian and of course English. Haiti was a surprise bonus from the contest of a couple of weeks ago HH2/K4NHW. Both were on 15m
It was good day for radio contacts. The Hexbeam was working very well.
GI100RSGB - Special event station in Northern Ireland commerating 100 years of RSGB - Radio Society Great Britain. I called this station twice 20 minutes apart. Once it was at 1000 watts and the next time at 10 watts. Both were SSB QSO's. I was completely readable at 10 watts. The key is to try to make the call when no one else is calling.
Also picked up St. Lucia and Estonia at 5 watts J6/N9AW and ES4QR.
Picked up the Lakshadweep Dxpedition on a third band on 17m
VU3KPL - India station on 17m
C3IBO - Andorra Station on 17m
Made a couple of phone contacts into England and Wales which were new ones for 17m.