As I worked (and recorded) Dom KH8/M1KTA in American Samoa, it would never have occurred to me that three days later he would be here in my shack.
Dom’s trip back to the UK included a lengthy stop-over here in Houston and, with me being 20 minutes from the airport, it was a great opportunity to meet Dom and hear about his one-man DXpedition.
I picked Dom up at 8:05 this morning – 40 minutes later, coffee and apple turnovers are sharing shack space with Dom’s KX3, laptop and other accoutrements of his DXpedition as he shows me his CW technique with software that encodes, decodes, records and logs his QSOs.
This was my first time to lay eyes on a KX3 and, as much as I was looking forward to test driving one, I was more impressed with Dom’s stories of how he operated at KH8. To hear him describe band conditions and long path DX contacts – all while doing all-nighters on a remote beach in the middle of the night…amazing stuff.
Who first said that enthusiasm is contagious? What an understatement!
Unfortunately, band conditions weren’t that great this morning but we did put the KX3 through its paces just a bit in the QRP contest and in other QSO’s on several bands. I don’t think more than 5 or 6 seconds ever elapsed in silence while Dom was here – we both were talking non-stop about QRP, DXpeditions and travel the whole five hours of our visit.
Before going back to the airport for his final leg of the journey, we had lunch at Pappacito’s where I introduced Dom to those Texas delicacies known as enchiladas, fajitas, frijoles charros, tres leches, etc.
Dom, I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thanks again for sharing your stories – and for KH8 on 15m! You’re welcome back anytime.