The good news is that I am comfortable enough at the new job, where now I don’t mind heading out to the car to conduct lunchtime QRP sessions. You always kind of wonder at a new place …. what will they say, you know ……. about that guy that sticks the antenna on his car roof and starts doing something with a small radio ….. is he a spy? A drug dealer? Some kind of foreign agent? As it turns out, the parking lot is HUGE and nobody pays me any mind.
The past few days, I was getting skunked. No contacts, and in fact I wasn’t even hearing much of anything. And silly me, the last thing I think is “dead bands” – nope, the first thing I think is “Crud! What did I do to the rig?” “Did I mess up the antenna?” Stuff like that – the first thing I think is that it was me, I screwed something up!
But today ……. today allayed all my concerns. Today, 17 Meters during lunchtime was almost magical. In short order I worked Milan OK1KW in Praha in the Czech Republic. Milan was calling “CQ FISTS” and I answered and we ended up having a very pleasant QSO. Milan was 589 in NJ and I received a 549 in return.
After ending the QSO with Milan, I heard Frank OV1CDX calling “CQ DX”. I figured to myself, “Hey, I just worked the Czech Republic, so why not Denmark?” I put my call out a few times and Frank answered. He was a good strong 599 in NJ and I earned a 559 in return. Cool – the band was hot!
So now the decision comes about ….. “I have 15 minutes left. Do I tear down and head back in, or do I try for one more?” No contest! Try for one more, as the signals were abundant. And I did, and I made it!
This time I worked Serge R6YY. This was the tough one of my session, as I had to send my information to Serge several times. Thanks to his fantastic ears, we were able to complete the QSO. Serge was only 579 here in NJ, and I was only 439 in return. A tough one, but we did it!