Greetings to all on this blessed Good Friday, the beginning of Easter weekend. We'll be at Mass tomorrow night with the family, and Sunday we'll be having a huge family cook out come rain or snow or mighty blow. A very happy and blessed Easter to all of you.
Late this afternoon I was able to sneak in a couple hours of radio time, the 40m band was not in the best shape but I sat on 7043 Khz for at least an hour calling CQ and CQ SKCC. Eventually I was rewarded with a QSO from Jim N3ADF out in Maryland. Jim is a SKCC member so we exchanged numbers in the noise. I got a 449 on this one and he was a little in and out on my not so great antenna. Jim is retired, and really enjoys operating mobile. He's also got a really nice website that you should check out. (http://jlwallace.net/hamradio/index.html)
Right after I signed off with Jim, I got a call from Alabama and this time it was Al N4IDH down in Dothan Alabama. Al is a retired nuclear submarine mechanic and is also a pilot! He is currently using a 80+ foot long wire antenna and doing great with it. Al, thanks for your military service! One of my best ham radio buddies was Rick WB9JBM (SK) and he was also a nuke tech submariner and retired from the Navy. You guys have a lot of bravery!
Then nada...like it went silent...heard some RTTY and that was about it.
I hope to get on the air tomorrow for a bit, and maybe land a new state, I have been itchin' to color in a new one for a couple weeks now. More time on the air means more coloring.
Oh! One thing I forgot, I ordered a pair of 30m One Watters from Diz W8DIZ over at http://kitsandparts.com - sending one to my podcast partner Mike KD5KXF and we're going to see who can build it into the weirdest container...so I am off to the thrift store! That little radio comes with a keyer and one watt out for a mere $50...you supply the case and knobs. Very QRP Cool.
Mailman forgot me today, so I have no new QSL cards to show.
Best 73 es Happy Easter de KB9BVN