The bands seemed very dead today at lunch. I looked at SOTA Goat and saw that there were some guys spotted in New Mexico on some 10 point peaks. I listened first for WS0TA (club call) and could not immediately here him – he was there, but not strong enough to copy.
So I put out a CQ about 14.059 and checked for reports on the Reverse Beacon Network. I was spotted on both coasts by about 11 stations with many reporting 15-20+ DB – so I knew I was getting out. Do you ever wonder if the bands are dead, or just nobody is calling CQ??
Contacts for today:
WS0TA – I was finally able to pull him out of the mud with 339 reports both ways on 20 meters. This is a club call, so I am not sure who the OP was today. He was on W5N/SE-001. (Updated: Fred, KT5X was the Op today, and also the trustee, for WS0TA. Looking at his QRZ page he is also into trail running, and running on mountains! Very cool!)
K7SO – I saw him spotted on 10.110 and was able to work him easily thru the little pileup. He was 599 and he gave me a 579. He was on W5N/SE-003.
K1JD – He was 559 and he gave me 579, he was also on W5N/SE-003. Worked him on 10.110 also.
NM5S – also on W5N/SE-003 but on 40 meters about 7.031 – very weak but I called him when he peaked a bit. He gave me 449 and he was 339.
Fun to work 3 guys on the same peak – I bet they were having fun! Unfortunately for me, the chaser, I only got 10 points for the 3 contacts since you only get points for a peak once per day.
Right now I am sitting at 88 points.
N7BBH – Right as I was ready to pull the plug and head back to the office I heard Steve calling CQ and he was nice and strong. We have worked each other twice before. I had to keep it short since I was almost late, but he got stronger during his second exchange, and he reported I did as well.
Fun day once again!