|My 20 Meter EndFedZ Indoor Configuration|
|Into The Shack|
|My Initial AK7DD Station Setup|
|Saturday Stations Heard & A Few Worked|
Some more of my Saturday QRP success stories were QSO's with; PY2ZXU, CR2X, CS2C, WH7M, PJ4X, XE2B, KP2M and FY5KE. A few I have links to video I recorded from my cell phone that I uploaded to my YouTube page. Simply crazy was working CS2C with 3 watts! What a great receive CS2C had! Of course, we can't leave out favorable propagation but I waited for peaks in signals and yelled. My QSO with KP2M was with ½ watt!!! Again, big stations with great antenna's helped me reach out and make these contacts. I found that Sunday, the propagation was much worse. I did not begin hearing DX until late afternoon with the best propagation being heard over the last 2 hours of the contest (for me anyhow). Sunday, the only real DX I heard were a few from Saturday, but I was excited to hear ZL3X early in the morning. YC1DOL was also heard first thing in the morning but not strong enough for me to even think about transmitting my callsign.
|SWR for CW|
This weekend was a great experiment and there is hope that I might be able to set up a small contest station here. Being in residential neighborhood, it won't be antenna towers but at least a few wires and maybe a vertical or my Hex Beam. But for now, my indoor set up will do and first impressions are good. Next, I need to get my digital software working once I get my new shack computer running. I've unhooked my Vibroplex and hooked up my straight key again. I did hear lots of DX on 10 meters but after realizing I did not have a end fed antenna for that band, I quickly ordered one. I should have most of the high bands covered once my 10 and 6 meter antenna's arrive. I'm looking forward to playing on 10 meters again. Of all the bands, 10 is my favorite and I think I missed some good DX on that band over the weekend. Well, on all the other bands for that matter, too.