op Alex UA1OJL) on South Shetland Island was so strong on 80 meter CW a few nights ago that I could copy him on my tribander. Switching to the dipole made him an honest 589 and two quick calls put him into the logbook. It was too easy and I thought I might have worked a pirate until Alex updated his online log.
Bouvet is only 20 degrees in azimuth from RI1ANO relative to my QTH. Both are off the end of my dipole so I don't know what accounts for RI1ANO's strong signal but I'm starting to think that working Bouvet won't be such a tough task after all.
DXing via FT8 on the first day of 2018 resulted in another off-the-end (the other end) of-the-dipole entity - 4S7AB on 40 meters.
The dipole for both contacts is cut for 80 meters, fed with ladder line for multi-band operation and is 90 feet high. It has minimal radiation off the ends on both 40 and 80 meters.
As Forest Gump might say, "Sometimes this radio stuff just don't make no sense."
That's all I have to say about that.