This weekend we organizing the garage. Last weekend I built shelves along one wall, and this weekend I finished painting the garage and installed some holders for shovels and tools. The garage had never been painted, so that meant a coat of primer and then a coat of paint. It looks fantastic!
Due to this project and other commitments, I was only able to work the last hour of the Kansas QSO Party on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm local time.
After reading about the event it looked like there were a number of special 1X1 calls. I tuned around the bands and didn't hear a lot of activity on any band - again, this is with my portable QRP antenna strapped to my back deck - so that might be part of my problem with hearing stations due to noise and inefficiency of the antenna.
I did finally hear K0K on 20 meters - Jim (W0EB) was just north of me probably 20 miles. I answered his CQ and I was in his log. I must have caught him early on that band, because a pile-up quickly built on his call.
So I decided since it was late in the contest, I might be some new blood. I decided to tune down a bit from K0K and call CQ with my 5 watts on 20 meters. I was watching my spots on RBN and I was working good into the east coast.
So I setup a memory keyer with the CQ KSP call and starting calling CQ.
I was quickly answered, so I just kept calling CQ until the end of the contest. In 50 minutes I worked a total of 9 station (including K0K).
I worked the following: K0K, N4PN, K7BX, W9OL, K7IA, AA6XV, W9MSE/M, K4BAI, NS2X.
It was a fun hour on the radio - no, I won't win anything, but it sure was fun!