I got home at the usual time, and fired up the rig at 4:30PM (20:30Z) and started scanning 40m for a station to QSO with. I was hearing virtually nothing. The indexes were once again, not in my favor. (SSN:0 SFI:70 A:4 K:1) I gave it about 40 mins, and called CQ and got skunked. So I watched TV with my wife for a bit and came back around 8PM (00:00Z) and tried it again.
I was greeted with a shortwave radio broadcast that originates about 40 miles north of me in a town called Noblesville IN. Now that we're on DST that means this program fires up at 8PM instead of 7PM. I need to build a filter for this as it coats the entire 40m band with programming..for almost 40 minutes.
I tried ignoring it and tuned down to where the SKCC guys hang out (7048-7060) and I was able to HEAR Arkansas, Minnesota, and Nebraska...all states I need for WAS. Unfortunately, try as I might, the 2w wasn't getting to them. It was horrible....my key was smoking, my knuckles were sore...and no matter how hard I tried, nothing was working.
I was monitoring my signal on the Reverse Beacon Network. My signal strength was up and down like a roller coaster. The atmosphere and solar conditions are not being QRP friendly to me tonight. I was getting frustrated.
|LOOK at the wide range of SNRs being reported...WOW|
So I shut down at about 8:50PM and checked the mail box. JOY oh JOY!! I love getting QSL cards in the mail...as I have explained numerous times. It's kind of weird, I know, but it's EXCITING!
|N0AIE QSL Card|
Ev was my South Dakota contact back on the 20th of February. Very glad to receive his card!
|KD0DK QSL Card|
Next up is this nice one from Dave out in Iowa. Are you seeing a common theme starting to unfold? All these CW operators are SKCC and/or FISTS members. If you are a serious CW operator, I urge you to join the SKCC and FISTS. Lot's of great fun events and a good bunch of guys to QSO with when you just need to QSO.
Well that's it for today. I'm shutting down and calling it a day....KB9BVN is QRT for now.
73 de KB9BVN