I am excited by a couple of firsts today: 1. Had my first WSPR QSO with VE1RG on 14.076.5 this morning. 5 watts is overkill using this mode…it and JT65A represent the state-of-the art QRP modes in my opinion. Love this stuff! I will tell you, this terrestrial use on HF of WSJT sure gives me encourangement for VHF/UHF moonbounce…A long-time aspiration …
I am having a new batch of QSLs printed up. I am taking a multi-pronged approach, and trying a couple of vendors this time. 1. I am a big fan of custom QSLs, and having a graphic designer wife (very expensive in the form of shoes and handbags) it is quite achievable for me. My recent iteration is something that I have been toying with over the …
I am so shocked! LoTW shows 49 confirmed states on RTTY from the contest…all except NE, which of course had to be like rare DX to me. So now I need to find a NE RTTY user that also uses LoTW. Hmm, do I put a call out on the yahoo forum or fish on 80M?
I have a special fondness for digital contests, especially since N1MM logger takes the chore out of the thing. (note to self…blog Why-I-Contest). I set a few meager goals for the contest:
1. Have the radio on for the entire 24 hours
3. Make 300 QSO during the period.
4. Keep my QSO rates above 20/hour
Deep down inside, I am simply a nerd. And of all of the classifications, I probably belong to the nerdiest class of all: Radio Amateur. I am not ashamed of my “status,” I revel in it, in fact. I hope to produce more evidence as such in the coming weeks.