Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ever get side tracked by life?

Here it is, Field day weekend.  I will most likely not be participating.  This has been a very busy month around here and I have too many non-radio related things to get done.   So what have I been up to? 

On Father's Day weekend, My brother, my son, my nephew, and a couple of friends and I drove four hours to Lake Erie for a Walleye fishing trip.  We hooked up with Sea Breeze Charters out of Oak Harbor and man did they show us a great time.  We caught our limit in the blazing sun, with little breeze and temperatures in the low 90's.  We drove up on Saturday the 16th, stayed in the lodging provided by the charter, and went fishing at 5:30AM on Sunday morning.  Corey was our boat captain and his mate Bud knew where the fish were.  By 9:30AM we had caught our limit and by noon we were back on the road back to Indianapolis. If you have ever considered doing a Walleye trip, contact Sea Breeze and request Corey. 

Walleye Fishing - June 18 20168 - Lake Erie
Then this week, something even more exciting took place.  My newest grandson was born! John Paul came into the world on Thursday night and I got to meet him for the first time yesterday. 

KB9BVN with baby John Paul  - June 22 2018
So as you can see I have been pretty busy this month. I go on call next week so will be closer to the shack all week.  I hope to get on the air and grab a few more states.  If I get everything done today that needs done maybe I can get on the air and work some CW Field Day contacts. 

Best DX to everyone!


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Where does the time go...

One day it was April something and I was making QSO' thing I know it's June 3rd, and I have ZERO QSO's logged for May.  I have plenty of excuses.

May was very busy for us.  Lot's of family birthdays, lots of family cookouts, weekend trips to here and there, new challenges at work, I just didn't have time.

So I fired up the K2 this lazy Sunday afternoon and noticed the bands seemed a little weak but I still got a QSO in the log book.

I worked Lester W8BJO at about 19:06z, he's almost my neighbor since he lives in Springfield Ohio, a mere 120 miles due east of me.  He was 599 on 7030Khz when we started out, but within 5 minutes or so the QSB on my end was so bad I had to sign off with him.  He has a good fist and I was hoping for a bit of a rag chew...but not today it seems.

Springfield is a city of about 60,000 people, and was formed in 1801 by James Demint.  It is located in Clark County and is the home of Wittenburg University, and Clark Community College, and is the birthplace and former home of comedian Jonathan Winters.

Best 73 de KB9BVN