It rained ALL day, for the most part. Not really heavy, but a good soaking Spring rain. Just what I need to get the grass growing again after I mowed it Friday night!
I started the day with a nice rag chew with Joe W2KJ. I always get a kick out of working Joe. He’s an outstanding QRPer; and it’s always a pleasure to chat with him. But I really get kick out of the W2KJ to W2LJ thing – our calls being one letter apart.
This afternoon, I worked VQ975FOC/MM. If he was in the Chagos Islands, where the call sign is from, that would have been quite the QSO at 9,366 miles away. But as he was signing /MM, Jim could have been just about anywhere on the face of the earth. Shortly after working him, I got a tweet from Chris KQ2RP. He was intermittently trying to work the same station in between shack cleaning chores. When Chris heard the VQ9 come back to me, he redoubled his efforts and got him in his log, also. You know what they say, “QRPers of a feather, flock together.” Cool, Chris, I’m glad you worked him too.
I worked VP5/W5CW down in the Turks and Caicos on 20 Meters. I have worked Dave several times over the years in the big DX contests. I guess he’s down in the islands getting ready for the CQ WPX Contest, which is next weekend.
I also got a new DXCC entity in the QRP log today. By working CP4BT, I worked Bolivia with QRP for the first time. I’ve worked that country several times over the years, but it was always QRO in the past. This time it was with 5 Watts. I am going to have to go through my log and see how many that brings me up to via QRP. I think it might be somewhere close to 130 now.
I finished the day by giving out points in the monthly Run For The Bacon. It seems pickings were sparse this month; and that might be no surprise. I am willing to wager that a lot of my fellow piggies were returning home from Dayton today and were just too tired to hunt for bacon!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!