ARCI Fireside SSB
Another contest is history. It sounded like everyone was on vacation. Very
few signals on the band, I only heard one other station holding a frequency
and running contacts - K0FRP on 20m.
10m was dead. 15m & 20m has some activity but very little. 40m was crowded
with NA contesters and ragchewers. 80m also sounded dead with QRN.
N7MFB/QRP Bill in Wash. vy weak.
a traffic net on 3.865 also the QRP calling freq for this contest
a net on 21.385 (also QRP calling freq) N7LAK net control at 2000z
7.285 A.M. ShortWave sta at 2229z also QRP calling freq.
Totals are 12 contacts on 15m with 5 SPC - CA MI NV WA & BC
and 3 contacts on 20m with 3 SPC - CA CO TX
Contacts were: K6JR WB8E KG8KZ AA8LZ VE7DCA KF8CT N8OSU AA7EJ W6ZH KB8WBY &
AA8LB on 15m and K0FRP AI6DS & KG5BR on 20m. If it hadnt been for QRO and
non ARCI QRP'ers, It would have been much worse. Only worked 3 ARCI members.
Running 10 watts PEP from Kenwood 450 and a Gap Titan vertical up 12 feet,
for a total of 2184 pts.
It sure did feel funny talking into a microphone. How do those phone guys do
it ? I've got a sore throat today !
72, Byron WA8LCZ
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