Beautiful Sunday

I do believe that spring is finally here! Snow last week, and highs in the near-80’s coming up this week. Today it’s in the mid-60’s. Too nice to spend in the shack!

I did work a Dominican (J75PX) station earlier this morning on 17 meters. It still amazes me how he came back to me on the first call, even when others were calling. Hey, I haven’t got a great antenna here … it’s an off-center feed, configured as an inverted-vee, with the apex at about 20 feet, and that’s being liberal with my measurements. The ends are literally 5 feet off the ground. That coupled with 100 watts is not a big gun station. I guess I should just be grateful that it works so well.

Well, as I said, it’s beautiful outdoors, so I think I’ll sashay on outside and enjoy it. Who knows … the way things have been going this year, we might see snow again!!

CQ Contest!

I decided to work a few stations this weekend during the CQ WPX contest, and have to admit, I got a bit caught up in it. I was doing my Search & Pounce thing, and before I knew it, I was really getting into it. I’m not going to set any memorable scoring records, but I am having fun! And, I have logged quite a few new ones!

I’m taking a big break today. The bands were the pits late morning. I was at church from about 6:45 am onward and this afternoon we’re going to visit the kids and grandchildren. I may get a few more hours after we get back, but we’ll have to see

You know, I really haven’t heard much nastiness on the bands. A little foul language on 40 meters last night when the contest got a bit too close to the sacred net frequencies. So be it. It’s been that way since the spark days I imagine, and will be that way through whatever comes next. Hey … it’s a hobby, isn’t it?

 

Station Photo

I just snapped a photo of the shack setup and am posting it here. Outside, I’ve got a 40-meter Windom in an inverted-vee configuration, with the apex at about 25 feet. Yeah, not a great antenna, but it’s sure better than NO antenna.

I listened around a bit today and worked some 30 and 40 meter CW. Forty meters is pretty well populated tonight, and it’s a good night to be indoors. Here it is spring, and it’s snowing again on the Virginia coast.

I’ve been noticing a constant carrier on 14.030.50 … no idea what it is. Saw some mention of it on one of the QRZ forums that I noticed. Oh well, I guess it’ll just have to be one of the great mysteries of life.

K4FTW
K4FTW station

Quick Catch!

I was just tuning around this morning and not hearing much, and then tuned 30 meters and heard one station calling CQ JA — FS/LY2IJ. Several stations calling him, but I sent my callsign once and got an immediate 599 back from him. New one on 30! Sometimes just spinning the dial aimlessly pays off!