So tonight I was going to check in to the Indiana Code Net on 3535 Khz at 7PM local time, and at 7PM nothing happened. I heard not a thing...so I went ahead and called the ICN Net to order and asked for QNI (check in) and got zero replies. I am not the greatest NCS because I am on 80m with a compromise antenna at 5 watts. If the band isn't open, I'm toast.
So not to be too discouraged, I still had the K2 all setup so I moved to 40m, my favorite band, and started calling CQ on 7039...for like 5 minutes at a quarter past 7PM...nothing. A quick check of the Reverse Beacon Network shows I am being heard all over the midwest, so I try a couple more times, and boy am I glad I did.
For the geography impaired, Indiana is wedged between Illinois on the west and Ohio on the east. KD8ZM called me back in answer to my lonely CQ. Brady KD8ZM lives in a town called New Carlilse Ohio...near Dayton...maybe 200 miles away. He was 599 and I was 599 and we commenced ta QSOing. Come to find out, Brady had been at CW for about 6 weeks. He got licensed way back in 1984 but decided to make a comeback to ham radio just 6 weeks ago. He was using a IC 7200, a straight key, and a 600 foot loop antenna (!!!) up about 40 feet.
Here's a picture of Brady that I pilfered from his QRZ biography page. Come to find out we are the same age. Brady likes to make beer, and he like blacksmithing, woodworking, AND he is a banjo and guitar player!! We need to get Brady to come over and visit the HoosierQRP group and jam with the guys.
New Carlisle Ohio has been made famous by a rather infamous Hoosier...that's right. On June 21, 1933, the infamous John Dillinger committed his first bank robbery, taking $10,000 from the New Carlisle National Bank, which occupied the building which still stands at the southeast corner of Main Street and Jefferson Street (state routes 235 and 571) in New Carlisle. Thanks to Wikipedia for that fun factoid. Wow...John Dillinger. Also...New Carlilse Ohio is the birthplace of Roy J. Plunkett...who? The guy that invented Teflon!
Anyway we chewed it for 30 minutes, it was awesome, and I can't wait to bump into his very easy to copy fist again soon. BTW....Brady is the recipient of the KB9BVN CW Ragchewer Award!
|KD8ZM Earns Ragchewer Award!|
Thanks for the FB QSO Brady! Your ears are awesome as I was running 5 watts from my K2.
Very best 73 de KB9BVN