This is going to sound nutty, but this is what I have found. When the band conditions are poor, like tonight, according to every band conditions website I looked at, there is only one way to improve things. Get on the air. So I did. In about an hour I had four new contacts in the log.
|Nye Viking Master Key|
First one tonight was Neill K3RNC out in Maryland. I sent him a 589 and he sent me a 559. Neill is a SKCC member and his number is 10667T and we have never worked each other. This is good news for me because now I only need 7 more Centurions, Tribunes, or Senators to earn my next award. Neill is a retired chemist and lives very near the shore. He has been at CW for about 8 years now and enjoys operating from the outdoors. Thanks for the contact Neill!
|K3RNC at the Key on his HB1B QRP Rig|
Next up was Butch KD5RSS from way out in Oklahoma. Butch is a retired volunteer fireman and works as an electrician. He enjoys ham radio and has a Ten Tec Jupiter according to his QRZ biography. Butch is SKCC 1910S and since we have worked before this one does not add to my award total but that's cool with me. I liked working Butch anyway.
|Butch KD5RSS in his shack|
Bernie KF0QS was next and Bernie brought me a new state! Bernie is out in the state of Colorado, which is a new one for me this year. He is SKCC 8872, a huge Elecraft fan, likes working CW and the sats, and is also an amateur astronomer. I think it's is cool that a lot of hams are into astronomy as well. I sent him a 589 and got back a 599 on my 4w K1...not too shabby! Thanks for the QSO and the new state Bernie!
|Elecraft Collection of Bernie KF0QS|
Last but not least was Jim KI4VH down in Georgia, he's a peach of a fist and I enjoyed working him tonight. We traded 599's and Jim is SKCC 12113. He runs a Ten Tec Scout out to a Hustler 4BTV vertical antenna. He also has a OHR 20m QRP rig as well. Jim is a retiree and has been a ham since 1962. Great QSO Jim, and thanks for the 599!
|SCout and OHR rig of Jim KI4VH - NICE Operating Position!|