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There are videos on youtube where some guy scans very long range (across continents; maybe leveraging atmosphere reflections) and randomly connecting with dudes up high somewhere in Siberia. I felt living 2001 a space odyssey in real time. Since I want to go into HAM.

Yup, with the right ionospheric/propagation conditions, a CQDX call on the 20M/14MHz band could get you some unlikely contacts, even with a pretty low-powered rig (~100 watts) and a well-tuned antenna.

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