The dog days of summer are here…..
As always I was up early today, the house very quiet only to be interrupted by the coffee bean grinder swirling beans into a brew mixture. The temperature this morning was a nice 14C (57F) and rising to 30C (86) and then the humidity on top of that. According to the weatherman, this is going to be the trend for the next few weeks. The dog days of summer are here!
With coffee in hand, I made my way down the hall to the radio room to look for life on the bands. Space weather indicated K index of 3 but the solar flux was topping out at 173, very nice to see this high flux numbers. I tried 20m looking for a faint sign of CW life but the only sign of life there was the Digi section of the band. As I write I will continue to glance to my right and see if the band scope shows any hope.
Last evening I joined in the K1USN slow speed contest or SST for short. The contest is an hour long and the local time for it here in the Maritimes is 5-6 pm or 20:00-21:00 UTC. I was calling CQ SST between 16-18 WPM and made 13 contacts. Not bad for July when most are on holiday or the summer sunshine calls them to home projects or just relax outdoors.
Well it seems 20m is beginning to show some signs of life as I bring this post to an end.
Mike – I was on SST as well and doing my regular S&P. Got 33 Q’s in the hour.
Was able to pick up VE2, 3, 6 & 7, but bands not happy twixt Dallas/Plano and VE9.
Maybe tomorrow evening?
Good evening Nolan, I have never run S&P in the SST as I want to get as much practice running as I can. My end goal is to run without issue in the large CW contests. I can run in them now but I am still green and get nervous and just not as smooth as I would like to be.