Class: SO CW LP
Operating Time (hrs): 14
CW: 322 63
Total: 322 63 Total Score =
Just 100 watts and a vertical for
this one so I decided to go CW only. The marginal antenna, low power,
aurora, low SSN and lack of time all conspired to keep the numbers low.
Given my limited CW prowess it was probably just as well. When I had time to
get on the radio I'd find a quiet corner at the higher end of the band and
run callers with only an occasional foray to S&P the loud guys. I got up
early Saturday and CQ'd away for four hours without a single caller, hoping
for that mythical morning opening to Europe. It didn't appear and I suspect
that from this part of the world in December it never will. Still, the band
was open to everywhere in North America for at least five hours both days so
I certainly can't complain.
My ability to copy CW is still a bit ropey
and I was kind of nervous at the very beginning. Wouldn't you know the very
first answer I get to my cq was 7K4QOK! Once I got through that the rest was
fairly smooth sailing. The rate meter actually hit 100 for a few short
bursts so I guess I'm starting to get the hang of it. Worked a pretty good
cross section of W/VE, a handful of Asians, VK/ZL, and a few South Americans
(although not as many as I remember from the old days on 10m).
giggles in this one for some reason. The best was working the W8 with the
drifting TX. He was zero beat at the start of each call but his
frequency would increase with every key stroke until he was out of my
passband. After three tries I finally opened up the filter to 3K and got him
in the log. For some reason it sounded hysterically funny and I chuckled
about it all day long. I also found it very amusing that it took me three
tries to figure out why the KH7 station was laughing at me instead of sending
his exchange. Is this what normally happens to people after listening to
beeping for hours on end?
Happy Holidays and hope to hear everyone in the
RAC Winter Contest next weekend!