Last night was the July Straight Key Century Club event. I was able to work 5 different states in the two hour period. (actually 1 1/2 hours for me). I feel both good and bad about it because I didn't score higher as a QRP station.
The "big boys" were out in force with amps and beams. I worked Nebraska (K0LUW) and Louisiana (W5ZR) and even heard N6WK in California, but couldn't work him.
I learned a lot....
The "special station" (worth 35 points) was essential, and without it, scoring was a futile attempt.
My other three stations were in Illinois (K9PL), New Jersey (K2ZC), and Michigan (K8JD).
The SKCC events are one of the most enjoyable to me, because it's strictly "straight key" and I enjoy the "character" of each individual operator. I used my 100 year old "donated" key again.
Sure hope that "Special Station" is within shooting distance on the next event. Last night he was near Richmond, Va.
Here in the valley, he jumped right over top of me.