I had a great time working lots of stations last night on 40 and 80 meters.
Lots of QSB made conditions tough on 40m but I avoided the usual QRM by operating up on 7110 kHz. Among others, I finally ran into Larry W2LJ between deep fades of the ionosphere. Nice to get you in the log, Larry!
80 meters continually surprises me with conditions better than on 40 – less QRN, less QSB and consequently longer paths. This has been true DX-wise this season and as well as proving true during K6JSS/5 operation.
I’ve got to say, this has been an interesting week so far with some great QSOs and a re-connection of those I haven’t worked in a while.
One particularly interesting QSO on 80m last night was with Don K8MFO. Don’s QRP ARCI number is 243 – the lowest I’ve ever heard. I told him that and then he mentioned that he had a QSL card from the original K6JSS, Harry Blomquist, and that he would scan and email it to me. Don also told me that it was nice to hear the callsign activated again.
This morning’s email contained the image, front & back, which Don said that I’m free to post here. As he said, “Those scans are for you to use as you see fit — maybe others might enjoy looking at them. Too much ham radio history has lived in desk drawers, and was subsequently thrown away by disinterested family members!”
Ain’t that the truth. As cost-effective as LoTW is, it will never replace the nostalgia-evoking power of an actual, tangible card in hand from the old days.
Thanks for the scans, Don.
AE5X log as K6JSS/5: http://www.ae5x.com/blog/various/ae5x-as-k6jss5-log/