|Par EndFedZ Additions|
Since the bands did not seem favorable for my QRP setup, I decided to get a few non-ham things accomplished this weekend. My new shack computer became ill and does not even complete POST. I've tired to fix the darn thing but I finally flew the white flag and dropped it off to the local computer shop. Figured since they had it, I was going to have them install a second hard drive to backup my data. So, once that comes back to life, I will work on getting the digital modes running again. Running QRP, some of the digital modes are just the answer for not so favorable band conditions. I was just getting started with JT9 and getting back into JT65.
|Recording of my QSO with FY5KE compliments of F6FVY|
In speaking of QRP, I received a very nice email from Larry, F6FVY. Larry saw the video I posted on my YouTube page showing my QRP QSO with FY5KE. It just so happened that Larry was the operator and he actually sent me HIS side of our QSO!! Attached to his email was a recording of our contest contact. It just reaffirmed what a great operator and station Larry had going. I was very weak but my timing was right and Larry was able to make the contact. I'm thankful Larry picked me up as when I operate QRP, if a contest station is running hot and has to ask for my callsign at least three times because he or she can't pull me out, I'm moving on. I don't want to take up their valuable time because they could have had two or more QSO's in the time they were trying to pick me up. With the added QRM on contest weekends, even the best stations can have problems pulling out the weak ones like me. I will normally mark down their frequency and try again when the propagation might favor my minimal signal of when they have fewer people calling.
It will soon be time to think about my next QSL card but I won't need to print as many as I used to in the past. My logbook does not fill up quite as fast as my others. Sometimes it's not the quantity but more so the quality that adds more weight to a logbook.