Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and a little QRP

I hope everyone had or is having a Happy Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for. Too much to list.

We got a dusting of snow over night. I awoke at 0400 to see the snow falling. The yard and driveway were very slick. Mister Mann (our rescue cat) wanted to go outside like he often does. He did not last long and decided it was better to chase DX with me inside. He did not seem to like Turkey that much but Mayv our calico (over 20 years old), loves it!


Mayv enjoying Thanksgiving

While the XYL, Lynn KC0YQF, was cooking our bird (one of the few times we eat meat) I decided to tune around the bands. I am still working towards DXCC QRP (QRP = Low Power or less than 5 Watts) and my results for the day was as follows:

TK/S57C  Corsica

CT9/LZ2JE   Madeira Island

9Y4/WJ2O  Trinidad and Tobago

PJ2/N5OT  Curacao

6W1RW  Senegal

PZ5W  Suriname

V26K  Antigua and Barbuda

PJ2/N5OT and V26K are not new ones for me but the others are. V47NT in India was the loudest of all but he went QRT after I called a few times. Only one DX station (PZ5W) was working split which made that one easy to bag but the other ones were simplex so I had to go slightly off freq to make my 5 watts heard. 

All and all I was very pleased with the results.


Lynn and the feast
72, Frank
K0JQZ

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mount Herman with a bunch of Goats

Steve, wG0AT, and I have not been on a summit together in a long while. We decided to load up the boys and head up Mount Herman.

The propagation, weather and company was perfect.

On the summit saddle

view of Monument

View West

America's Mountain

wG0AT


Zen Goat, Peanut

Steve running the CW pileup

Boo Goat keeps an eye on things

Peanut likes to find a good spot and Zen out


Pano shot from our operating position

Steve operated CW and I took a rare turn on the microphone. It was fun but a little hard for me to pick out callsigns. If any ones call is wrong just send me an email.

Here is my log from 20 meter SSB:

W0QFW

W7RV

W7CNL

ND0C

K7HLN

K7ANT

N8BB

KA5PVB

KD0IPI

W6JMP

VE2JCW

KB1RJD

K7TNX

KD0MQO

W4DOW

K6HPX

KG3W

K6EL

K3JH

KB1RJC

AE4FZ

K5WLT

K6CMG

KQ2RP

AK4VU

NF1R

Lynn had to work so she missed a perfect day with temps in the 40s to 50s, no wind, clear skies and of course, the goats!!!

72
Frank
K0JQZ

A short clip of Steve in his shack on Mount Herman sending CQ SOTA.