Thursday, June 22, 2017
What a month eh?
What can I say? The first week of May my employer announced that we had been sold and would soon be merged with a competitor. With all the legal stuff having to happen before the new outfit could be formed, we were told to expect consummation of the deal sometime near October. Then we got no more info to speak of. This saddened me greatly, as I really LOVE working here and the folks I work with are awesome and super cool. I have been through a couple of these and in my experience if your name isn't on the company door when the smoke clears, you lost. To say I was nervous about it is putting it lightly. I'm not 25 years old.
Long story short, one of my old customers, contacted one of my old employers and asked if they knew if I might be available. They contacted me and and I contacted them and we met and we talked and a week later I got an acceptable offer. Tomorrow is my last day, and Monday I start my new job. That's right, the Monday after Field Day! I am stoked.
So in my log for June I have made exactly two contacts so far on the HW-8. One of them being this evening with Steve KE4OH down in Knoxville TN. Steve was communicating with his old Tempo One at 100w and I was killing it with 2w from the HW-8...it was a tough one though as the QSB was very bad tonight...he'd go from 599+ to almost noise floor about every 3 minutes...so I can only imagine how I sounded down there. As a QRPer I always say thank you for every contact, I totally get it that the receiving station MIGHT be working harder than me to make the QSO happen.
This month I also worked in the reconstructed radio room of the USS Indianapolis. The museum ships on the air event was this month and I was there running CW and made 43 contacts in about 2 hours. Ivin W9ILF and Steve W9BRI were there as well and between us I think we put in about 150 contacts combined CW and SSB. 400 Watts into an antenna 110 feet up makes things work a little better. Check it out. The USS Indianapolis Radio Room.
No new QSL cards...go out and have a blast on Field Day this weekend and make sure to listen for W8PIG on CW and SSB running 2 Battery QRP from Morgan County Indiana!!
Best 73 de KB9BVN