Wednesday, August 19, 2009
ET from WV (1,247 Mile QRP Fox)
I caught N1FN (ET) near Denver Colorado last night, after running for a little over an hour. I was "fox hunting" and the band was VERY long on 20 meters. He was one of two QRP operators being chased by a pack of hounds in the United States. He is 1,247 miles from me here in West Virginia.
I heard him at the very beginning of the hunt as he danced along at around 30 wpm (a bit too quick for me). But I understood the "call" and was able to recognize his "CQ fox de N1FN UP".
I had all but given up on the chase until I heard him send "zero beat" at 10 pm.
The filtering on my 703 leaves a lot to be desired so it's 'difficult' for me to set up the 'split' on the radio. Trying to attenuate a 5 watt signal at 1200 miles is next to impossible.
The other "fox" last night was K4BIA in Georgia, and I usually work him easily from here. But I never heard so much as a bark. As a matter of fact...I heard little 'barking' from anyone.
The band was SO long......
You can read all about "fox hunting" (a QRP event) from the link on the right side of this page.
Believe me, it's NOT easy to pick out a 5 watt "fox" from a pack of barking hounds at 1200 miles.
I've been feeling a little "down" after being in New York for a few weeks. My location on the Hudson River made it easy to work DX stations in Eastern Europe . I even worked a QRP station in Washington State while using my "ZEPP" antenna. It was strung in the attic of an old home.
But working ET (N1FN) last night, with an 18" Isotron antenna makes me feel a little better.
The 20 meter antenna (at the top of this page) is the "little" one on the bottom right.
Posted by Jspiker at 6:16 AM