A little bit of operating

I was actually able took get on the air for a bit today! A Saturday that’s not full of obligations and chores is a rarity for me.

And I got a new one via QRP! Paraguay, by working ZP6CW on 12 Meters. And I got a 579 report to boot, so since it wasn’t the automatic 599, I will take him at his word. The antenna was the Butternut HF9V.

A little while later, I worked KH7Y in Hawaii, so the bands were open. With the NAQP SSB, going on, the CW portion of the bands was not as crowded as usual.

I worked a few QRP Polar Bears today, as well – WA8REI, VA2SG and K3Y/1 who was Pete N1ABS, who is also a Polar Bear.

I have decided that I am going to be countercultural, and I am NOT going to try and work all 50 W1AW stations this year. A few years ago, I worked 48 states for the K6JSS anniversary event that QRP ARCI held, and besides, I have two ARRL WAS certificates already. I earned one as N2ELW, and I got another as W2LJ. The W2LJ certificate was earned by working all 50 via CW and QRP. I don’t need another, even though having a special certificate for the ARRL’s Centennial would be nice. I’m just not in the mood to break another 50 different pileups for another WAS certificate. Bah humbug!

I have tomorrow and Monday off, so hopefully, I will get more air time this long weekend.  Oh! I just remembered …. tomorrow is the third Sunday of the month. Join us for the Flying Pigs Run for the Bacon tomorrow night.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “A little bit of operating”

  • Ron KD8AFH:

    Very good Larry.

    I haven’t been on HF for a while and starting to feel withdrawls. Hopefully, I can set up tomorrow. I’m just getting to old for the cold weather. You got to love QRP.


  • john mann KK4ITN:

    Hey 10 was open and I worked ZS6JBJ on CW. A great operator and he was using a cootie. Spacing was great and he went along about 20 or so WPM. When 10 opens it really opens.
    Good Luck and pray for me, need prayers bad for 10 to open again.

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