was quite packed today at lunchtime! Which was absolutely, positively fantastic! In fact, it was just a little difficult to find an empty frequency. So for a change, I listened for a CQ instead of calling, and I ended up having a nice QSO with F5LAW, Yann who lives near Lille, France. Yann was using his Kenwood TS-480SAT at the 5 Watt level. He was pushing those 5 Watts into a 4 element Yagi antenna. I gave Yann a 549 and he gave me a 559. There was some QSB, but the entire QSO was solid copy! And on his last exchange, Yann’s signal had peaked to a solid 589.
Yann had commented that he had survived Autumn storm Christian with no damage to his property, although some of the surrounding area was not as lucky. That reminded me that it was just one year ago today that Hurricane Sandy did her number on New Jersey and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic coast: