As of October 1st I have decided that I will start using my K2 again to try and finish off my 2017 Worked All States QRP CW attempt. The HW8 is not going anywhere as I have become quite attached to that little green radio. I will also be doing some Alexloop time with the K2 as well. I am looking forward to wrapping the WAS effort up, and then trying it again next year.
Last night on 40m I was able to have a nice QSO with Bruce KA8TNK, he lives up in Trenton Michigan near the big city of Detroit. Trenton has historical significance as it was part of the Michigan area that was captured by the British during the War of 1812. I was on the K2 at 5w to the attic dipole and Bruce was running an old Heathkit SB-101 on his end. It sounded awesome and his fist made for easy copy on 7034 Khz. I noticed he lives in Wayne County...Bruce in Wayne...do you think he's Batman? Did I QSO with BATMAN??
This afternoon I had the K2 warmed up and firing out 5w to the 20m band at about 20:30Z and got a nice call back from Jim K1GND in Rhode Island! Jim was QRP as well running 5w from his KX2 near Providence. QSB started getting pretty bad after about 10 minutes, so this was no ragchew but it was still a load of fun.
|Jim K1GND with a basket of Quahogs (Hard Shell Clams)|
Jim likes to cook what he digs up in the bay...feast your eyes on this!
|Fresh - on the half shell - with homemade cocktail sauce, consisting of ketchup, horse radish, |
Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of lemon juice.
Thanks for the QSOs guys!
Best 73 de KB9BVN