This evening I worked my second QRP station on the West Coast. It was my "first" for this year (at this distance) and to make matters even better, it was another "QRP" station using another Icom 703 at 5 watts. George (KD6SX) lives in Oroville, California. I've worked only ONE other QRP station at better than 2,000 miles so........ I was elated at making this contact.
This week, I've been working a LOT of QRP stations in the New York area. The solar flux has finally reached the "90" level and I've been trying to listen in the morning hours before eating breakfast to make a few contacts. This week I've worked TWO of the "Straight Key Century Club" special event stations.
George (KD6SX) is also a SKCC member, as well as a FISTS member and a NAQCC member.
I love working these "multiple club stations". It's nice to see those certificates hanging on the wall in the computer room.
Speaking of computers, my old computer "crashed" last week. It's been stressful transferring my "log books" and "data" into a new one. My former ran on Windows XP and this one is using Windows 7. It's a LOT quicker but there's always a learning curve with a new system. I think it's going to work out just fine.
Working this new QRP station in Northern California relieves a little of the stress.