Thanks very much to Dave, W0CH, in Seneca, Missouri, for adding a new state
to the SMK80 Log this evening, and for setting a new record for furthest DX
with the little rig.
Between the intermittent line noise I was experiencing, Dave's K2 at 5 Watts
was solid copy, and RST 559. With the line noise present, it went to 459,
with about 70 % copy. He gave me a 339, which I was very glad to get from
that far away.
I had looked, earlier, for AB8DF, in Michigan, without success. Maybe next
When I set out to move the SMK-1 to 80, I never really dreamed that QSOs
could be had over such distances with it.
Of course, a lot of that has to do with the very good QRP operators that we
have out there to draw from.
I hope to hear and talk with more of you as the winter season goes on.
It is always a thrill to push the envelope with further DX contacts, but I
very much enjoy the longer chats with old and new friends as well.
Hope to see you at the watering hole.
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