|KX3 bathed in light from my red headlamp|
It rained every night - the days were hot and humid. We spent most afternoons out on the lake in my Dads boat he loaned to use - nice and cool with lots of swimming and tubing.
Friday night I had time to play radio! I setup the KX3 running on internal batteries on the picnic table. Hooked up the portable QRP antenna that I lashed up to the canopy and I was off to the races.
I used my headlamp with a red light to see what I was writing and the radio controls. This worked exceptionally well - and kept the bugs away. I have used the white light before and it really draws in the bugs!
When I turned the rig on it was on 20 meters - I expected it to be dead since it was about 03:45 UTC (10:45 PM local) - but I immediately heard signals. As I tuned around, I was hearing DX everywhere!
I listened to some of the exchanges, and could tell it was a contest - RST and Serial was the exchange. Turns out it was the Worked All Europe HF Contest.
So I dove into the mix and started pouncing! Wow it was fun....
UA7K - Russia (I think, could not find in QRZ)
UW2M - Ukraine (1,172 miles per watt)
UT0U - Ukraine (1, 134 miles per watt)
AI6O - California
K1XM - Massachusetts
UY5ZZ - Ukraine (1,115 miles per watt)
RW1A - Russia (1,091 miles per watt)
RM5D - Russia (1,091 miles per watt)
YP9W - Romania (1,139 miles per watt)
HA8VV - Germany (1,055 miles per watt)
S57DX - Slovenia (1,054 miles per watt)
HG7T - Hungary (1,091 miles per watt)
HG8R - Hungary (1,115 miles per watt)
DJ5MW - Germany (1,004 miles per watt)
SN6A - Poland (1,019 miles per watt)
I finally shut it down at 05:21 (12:21 AM local time) - but the band was still hoping. I did tune around 40 meters and heard some signals, but the antenna just needs to be longer for good 40 meter operation.
What a blast! Almost everyone came back to me on the first call - only 3 times did I have to repeat my call. Everyone I called, I worked!
It was fascinating to think about working Russia and Ukraine with all the tensions in that part of the world right now - guys are still having fun playing with the radio.
I am really enjoying dipping my toe into these contests - it is a great way to work a bunch of stations - and some DX to boot.
|Nick KE0ATH working 2 meters|
Be sure and check out, and subscribe to my YouTube channel - I am working on several more videos - stay tuned!