Today is my 16th consecutive day of working a DX station with 3 watts of power and 50' of speaker wire for an antenna. Today I had a nice QSO with SM7ALC in Sweden. This morning was my fourth contact into this country. My previous contacts have been mostly on 20 meters but I've also worked a station there on 15 meters. Today was my first 17 meter contact.
Sven (SM7ALC) had a great signal into West Virginia and the best I've heard from Sweden. We exchanged name, location, rigs and antenna, signal strength, and a weather report. It was an armchair copy with both of us and was especially exciting for me since he was not spotted on the cluster. I'm usually able to work any station I hear in these circumstances.
A little before I worked the Swedish station; I worked the same Nicaraguan station as I did the other morning. He was also calling "out in the open and by himself". I quickly shook hands again with YN9SU.
That big freshwater lake down there is fascinating to me. There's few places quite like this one with the two big volcanoes in its center. I can only imagine being there on the water. It would be wonderful.
Tomorrow is NOT going to be a good day for me. I broke a tooth several months ago and I'm to be at the dentist at 8:30 am. My regular dentist found it impossible to repair this tooth and I was given an antibiotic, to reduce inflammation, and rescheduled with an "Endodontic Specialist".
Not only am I dreading the procedure, I'm also dreading the accompanying expense.
Those of you reading my blog, from other countries, are probably "shocked" at what dental care cost here in America. To put it in proper perspective, I paid $400 (USD) for my current radio. After the "root canal" tomorrow, I would have been able to buy five new radios. I'm just say'in.............
Most of the people interacting with me on this blog, do not live here in the United States. Just out of curiosity, how much does a "root canal" and the following "crown" for a tooth cost where you live?
I think my friends here in the US are going to be surprised.