What Happened?

Back in 1964 as a novice, it seemed like the strongest signals I heard in Central Indiana were the Florida stations. Man, seemed like they were always there, louder than anything else. As a new ham and teenager, I always thought how cool it would be to live in Florida, the land of fantastic propagation.


Memory Lane…The First Rig

Sure been disappointing lately… the bands are noisy, the thunderstorms consistent and sometimes it seems like no one else is on the air. What happened to my Florida ham radio paradise dream?

Are the bands working elsewhere? Boy, we have had some poor conditions lately. How about you?

On  a high note (pun intended) it was pretty cool to watch QRPSPOTS.COM yesterday as lots of hams helped give signal reports to the Iowa High Altitude Balloon launched by W0OTM team! Congrats on creating some excitement and interesting reports. Now, if I can just get my antenna up to 30,000 feet or more, maybe my FL QTH will be ham radio paradise after all.


Kelly K4UPG PB #173

Kelly McClelland, K4UPG, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Florida, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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