Through a sea of QRN, the clear QRP-L signal of Damon Raphael (firstname.lastname@example.org) came booming though the headphones as I copied:
>I could here Larry only with my northeast beverage which killed the QRN.
>His low angle vertical RF ant sig was way over my head.
I had the same experience at the home QTH near Albuquerque. Ben, who
was 229 here last time he was a fox was a booming 589 last night, but
Larry only rose above the noise to a 119 at best for a few seconds
during the 80 minutes I listened. At no time was he clear enough that
I felt confident I'd recognize my own call if he came back to me, so I
never even called. At one point I'd turned preamp on and AGC off in
hopes of digging him out of the QRN by hand, but a 599+20db sig called
him and nearly split my eardrums. Ouch. The "evil stepkids" got a
giggle at the show when I yanked the phones off and nearly hit the
ceiling when I jumped.
This fox season has been my first, and I gotta say that even though
I'm completely out of the running for a high score, I've had a real
blast. Gotta love this sport.
-- Tom Russo KM5VY QRPL #1592 K2#398 http://www.swcp.com/~russo/ Tijeras, NM DM65uw SOC #236 http://www.qsl.net/~km5vy/ "Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps. " -- Emo Phillips
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