I truly had a blast this past weekend working 20m SSB contacts and giving away 5 points as a VE during the year long ARRL Centennial QSO Party. As I mentioned in an earlier blog posting, I will be representing the Centennial State of Colorado when the W1AW/Ø portable operations schedule makes a stop in Colorado. W1AW/Ø will be on the air from Colorado 21-27 May. My contest operating is typically limited to Field Day and the Colorado QSO Party, so I wanted to spend some time on the air over the next few weeks brushing up on my “operating a pile-up” skills.
I spent about 3 hours “on the air” over the Easter weekend and managed to add about 180 SSB contacts to my log. If you’ve done any operating the past few days you are well aware that band conditions have been up and down. I was surprised at the feedback I received regarding my audio quality. I think fellow hams are surprised to know that I’m running just 100w into a hamstick dipole mounted just above my roofline. But this is the way for those of us living in HOA-hell.
Of course, I also have some weird issue going on with my Yaesu FT-950. I promise I didn’t let the magic smoke out, but something is seriously wrong with my SSB workhorse. You can read more about some of the testing I’ve done here. As I stated in that blog posting, I do plan to try another power supply. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if the issue is with my current power supply. But I’m also prepared to quickly send my 950 to Yaesu California. I need to get it back in time for when I operate W1AW/Ø.
If I had the privilege to work you over the past weekend, thank you for answering my CQ and I most certainly look forward to working you again soon.
Until next time…
73 de KDØBIK