I actually had a meeting to attend this evening; but I must confess that I played hooky My attendance was not mandatory, so I decided to stay home and play in the monthly NAQCC Sprint. I am glad I did, as I had the best time I’ve had in a while.
I must be getting back into the swing of things, as I was able to make 34 contacts in the two hours. I am sure that puts me nowhere even close to the top. But it sure beats my efforts in the past couple of months, where I had only made 19 -20 QSOs per Sprint.
Conditions were decent on 20 Meters, where I made 8 QSOs; but the money band was 40 Meters. With the exception of one measly QSO on 80 Meters, the balance were made on 40 Meters. I was even able to hold a frequency and run it for a period of time, like I used to in the past. Man, that was fun!
I used the KX3 all night, but I used two different antennas. The HF9V vertical was used for 20 Meters, while the 88′ EDZ antenna was the mainstay for 40 Meters. Activity remained pretty steady throughout the Sprint, except for the last 20 minutes or so. By then, no one was answering my CQs and searching and pouncing landed me only a few calls that I had not worked before.
The main thing was the fun factor however, and that was very high! High marks go to the NAQCC for providing a good Sprint opportunity each and every month.
One thing I do have to sheepishly admit to, however. After all these years of either using paddles or a bug, my form with a straight key needs work. Two hours of using my Speed-X and my wrist is hurting! Nothing that won’t go away by tomorrow, though.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!