I finally got a chance today to play on the radio - my first time on the air since the SKCC WES! Much to my enjoyment 20 meters was actually playing nice for me!
I went over the local park near my office and got set up - it is a absolutely beautiful spring day here in Kansas.
|Setup in my Honda Pilot - J-37 key to KX3 coax out to|
31' Jackite pole with vertical wire from a 9:1 UNUN
- works great!
After tuning around a bit and not hearing anything, I decided everyone must be listening and nobody seemed to be calling CQ - so today I decided to only call CQ!
And the contacts began almost immediately....
- Bob gave me a call from North Carolina with a nice 559 signal - he gave me a 569 report.
- Bill gave me a call from Saskatchewan Canada - and he was very loud - 599! He was running 100 watts into a yagi, so I am sure that helped. He dropped his power to 5 watts and I could still copy him very well. We had a nice chat, and a nice two way QRP QSO!
- Tim returned my call from Nevada, but we both had very weak signals 339 both ways. It was a slug, but we managed to finish up the QSO. Thanks Tim!
- Jerry was very weak when he first returned my call from Long Island, NY - 339 here in Kansas. He gave me a 459. QSB got the best of his signal when he was telling me his power, so I don't know if he was QRP or not - I think he said 50 watts, but not sure. (update: a PM on the SKCC sked page Jerry said he was at 50 watts)
- Bob called me with a 559 from Pendleton, OR. After reading his QRZ page, and looking at his SKCC number, I figured out he is a pretty new ham. He just got his ticket fall of 2015 and joined SKCC in December 2015. Bob had a nice fist and it was a pleasure to work a newer ham - glad you were bit by the CW bug Bob!
- last QSO of the day goes to Bill from Alabama! He was pretty weak here in Kansas with a 339, and he gave me a 449. We kept it short because I had to get back to work.
Thanks to all that answered me - you provided me a truly enjoyable lunch time portable operation!
What a fun day on the radio! I picked up several new SKCC numbers towards my Centurion Quest, and just had a fun time with the J-37 key.
|The map of the Reverse Beacon Network from my calling CQ today - pretty impressive!|