Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuning around the 20 meter band this afternoon I could hear lot's of Texas stations on the air.
I quickly worked N5YA, N5TO, K5FP, NR5M, NX5M, W5WQ, and N5JB in a matter of about half an hour.
I like to pass out a few West Virginia contacts with any contest.
That's about it until this evening, when hopefully, there will be a little more open space on the bands.
None of my contacts realized I was running QRP.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I've rafted and kayaked a few stretches of this gorge.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I worked another Canadia station (VE3CWU) a few days ago. I know a few R/C enthusiasts and have watched remote controlled planes, helicopters, and even a few speed boats powered by weed eater motors. But I've never seen a R/C controlled airplane this size.
I find the most interesting people on the HF bands.
As per his web site:
My other hobby, which I am very passionate about is flying radio controlled
model aircraft. Currently I fly Scale Aerobatics in aerobatic competition.
The airplane in this photo is an 40% scale model of a full scale EDGE 540
used in full scale aerobatic competition. I fly this plane is scale model
aerobatic competition. This aircraft has 10 foot wingspan and is powered by a
150cc twin boxer gasoline engine with electronic ignition. This photo was taken
at the Sun Valley flyers field on Phoenix Arizona.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I don't think I've ever worked a "sailboat" before and since he was a QRP station, a FISTS member, a SKCC member, and a NAQCC member, the log book really looks good for ONE contact.
Maybe it's just chance but I seem to make a lot of contacts with stations who are members of multiple clubs on the 7058 frequency.
Hmmmm....might be the reason I hang around there so often.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
In the manner of about 30 minutes I was able to work two stations in Germany (DL0SN and DC4A) a Portuguese station (CT1ILT) and last but not least a station in Luxembourg. (LX7I)
Luxembourg (LX7I) is a new DX station for me.
Wow...that was fun! (and quick)
I also heard EA5DFV in Spain, S52ZW in Slovenia, 4o3A in Montenegro, and YU1JW in Serbia but couldn't work them.
I don't think any of these stations realized I was pushing a mighty 5 watts QRP with an indoor antenna. I'm really amazed these guys can hear me...
I realize they're running fantastic antenna's but to work me in West Virginia, at 600 ft elevation, between a couple of 1,000 ft hills, with an indoor 18" antenna bungee corded to the bedpost in a spare room, beside a tall apartment complex (actually 11 story's) is somewhat mind boggling to me.
I've heard it said that some major DX stations can hear a gnat sneeze in Morocco. I guess they really can....
I think 15 meters would be the 5,000 mile mark if the bands ever improve but I don't usually have an antenna to use on that band. All these stations were between 4,000 and 4,500 miles today.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I got nice e-mails from both these guys and will send them return cards very soon. I was really surprised that OK1KW took the time to send this card.