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So it's Friday night, and my wife is at the movies with a son and his family, checking out the new King Kong flick. Left to my own devices I naturally migrated toward the shack and fired up the HW-8 to see what I could see. Band sounded a little flat at 5PM local time (SSN:0 SFI:71 A:12 K:1) and I heard WB4DBO from down near Huntsville Alabama ( A NEW ONE!!). He was calling CQ on 7035 Khz and I shot him an answer and he came right back to me. I gave him a 599 and he gave me a 589 and we talked about our radios and our RST and SKCC interests. Bill was running a KX-3 down there but not QRP...he said my HW-8 was sounding like a big rig!
We QSO'd for a good 15-20 minutes and had a great time. I went to QRZ and looked Bill up, he is a Army veteran, and learned radio as a Army Radio Operator with the 5th Special Forces in Vietnam, back in 1966. He's a retired, 30 year veteran of the US Army and has a fantastic collection of Elecraft gear. Check out his biography on QRZ.
Bill if you read this, I would like to thank you for your service. My dad retired as a Sgt Major after 27 years in the Army, we lost him last January and I can tell you he was proud of his service, and loved his country. It's amazing who you run into on CW.
I hope to get back at it later this evening. Have a great weekend!
73 de KB9BVN