Sunday, March 17, 2013
I sat my little QRP station on the table which I use for my field operations. I talked to people as it monitored the 17 meter band in the background. When I heard an especially nice signal, I stopped the conversation, and pounced on it, in an effort to complete my daily DX contact.
It didn't take long; and I announced, as a request from the organizers, that I made my daily DX contact with OV1CDX in Denmark. I actually worked him twice during the day, as well as other stations in France, Croatia and Spain, but surprisingly, I spent very little time on the air. I spent the vast majority of my time talking to a lot of people!
I enjoyed this very much, as I once again saw many old friends, and perhaps, even a distant relative. It's funny how your radio signal usually skips right over nearby stations, and you're unaware of a lot of people, but I had a very nice conversation with Carl Smithson (NN8K).
I found it incredibly amusing as Art Ellis (W8PBO) walked around with a Morse Code Tudor in his pocket. That little device made it easy to recognize fellow CW operators in the crowd. . Hihi I also had a very interesting conversation with a "tower climber" (Joe Scherer) who wanted to know about some of the antennas he installed at a little over 800 feet elevation. Some of my best conversations were with former Navy radio operators yesterday and I also talked to several new hams.
I was very lucky when I found my antenna precisely "sloped" towards the Northeast yesterday. The high end was easily 40 feet in the air. My only obstacle was a worry about 70 feet of coax feeding the center balum. That's a long distance for QRP work, but it didn't seem to be a problem. I had to re-position the antenna closer to the building to get the feed line to my picnic table.
The weather was also a factor. We had showers last night, and the forecast was a possibility for thunderstorms during the Hamfest. I kept a close eye on this but they didn't materialize until I was taking down the antenna. I felt the first few sprinkles as I wound up my kite string on a wooden spool.
Should they ask me, I'd do this again next year. I liked the conversation with old and new friends this year very much. It was fun!
Posted by Jspiker at 10:19 AM