Last light from Prospect Lake, Colorado. Taken from the boat 7-28-2006
There was a geomagnetic storm yesterday and wasn't sure I wanted to go
out, but this evening I made 16 contacts to 10 different states.
It started out a bit rough with an S-8 noise level, but eventually
tapered down to S-2. There were no DX contacts, but some great
stateside chats more than made up for it. One was twenty-two minutes
long and another lasted forty minutes. There was unusual propagation
this evening as I worked into Missouri, Oklahoma, and even Kansas, but
also worked the East Coast. As I was pulling up to the dock at 10:00
p.m., I heard a Ukraine station talking to Utah. I heard both of them.
The rig was my Yaesu FT-817 with a $20 computer headset and running VOX
so I could row and talk at the same time. The antenna was a 33-foot,
end-fed vertical wire held up with an MFJ pole. The log was a 4"x 6"
spiral notebook, resting on my lap with Velcro holding it in place. The boat is a Walker Bay
Here is a run-down of tonight's contacts and their location. All were made on 20 meters SSB with 5 watts.
Just another day running QRP at the bottom of a sunspot cycle.