Hearing every CW station from North Carolina all at the same time on 40m. So I tuned down to 7025 where is was quiet and started calling CQ. According to the Reverse Beacon (bacon?) network I was on 7024.1 and my dial said 7025...SO much better since I adjusted it.
After a few CQ's I was answered by Paul W2CW (what a great call sign) down in Raleigh NC, I already have NC in the log but when you run 1.5 watts you take any QSO you can get. Paul is 79 years old, and has been a CW operator since he was 12 years old. His father wasn't a ham but enjoyed using the old Atwater Kent radios. His radio was a FT 1000MP and he was using a OCF dipole arrangement.
He said the HW-8 was doing a great job down his way, and we QSO'd for almost 25 minutes before the band started changing and we got some QRM from a dreaded tuner upper. We have some company now so I had to QRT...maybe later this evening I can get back on the air and see if I get another state to color in. In my previous experience, the first 25 states come quickly...and the last teen seem to take forever. I figure this WAS effort will take at least a year. So come along for the ride! Let's schedule a QSO for your state! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org