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Good weekend on CW

This weekend the bands have been open, the local line noise relatively quiet, and I’ve had some free time. The result is I’ve had a half dozen nice CW contacts in the last day or so. That hasn’t been the case most weekends lately.

This morning I talked with NI9Y, Dan, in Mishawaka, IN. I had talked to him a couple times before years ago, but we had a nice conversation. What’s notable is this morning he sent me a recording of what my radio sounded like at his station. The attached file is me, talking about how I bought a certain radio and wrapping up the contact. Conditions were such that we were both loud at each other’s stations.

Last night I had a couple of interesting conversations. I talked to AC7M, Doc, in Twin Falls, ID, and discovered that he had also grown up in western Nebraska. In the years talking to random people, I’ve talked to very few who also started out in west Nebraksa. We had a nice chat about the area, etc.

Right before that I had a very unusual CW contact. It was with Greg, K0GDI, near St. Louis, and it was the first contact he had made on CW. He is a fairly new ham, and said he was challenged by another ham to learn CW. He did it, and evidently did a good job of it as I was clipping along at 20 words per minute. It was obvious he was a new operator, as he was missing some of the standard operating practices. That’s fine. I tried to follow good procedure, and by the end of the contact he was starting to mimic that. That’s how you learn in ham radio — making contacts and paying attention to how other people operate.

It was nice to hear a new, young, operator on CW. There aren’t many on, and I’m not sure who is going to be around to talk to in 20 years or so.

Enjoy listening to the audio clip below.

K9OZ ON PRO3 FEB 11 2012 ON 3.550 MHZ AT 1217 UTC DE Ni9y

Got Midway DXpedition

This week the K4M DXpedition to Midway Island has been on the air. I made a few half-hearted tries at working them on 17 meters this week in the late afternoon, and heard them before work on Friday morning on 40 meters, but didn’t have time to chase it. So this morning (Saturday) I got up at 4 a.m. as they are only on the air for a few more days.

By 4:40 I had them in the log on 40 meter cw and I got them on 30 meters by 5:30. I spent a little time on 80, but I couldn’t hear them very well. I actually heard them better on 160 this morning, but didn’t have any luck snagging them there. I tried a little on 40 SSB, but at that point the sun was coming up. Oh well, I got them on two bands, so I’m happy.

Now it’s 7 a.m. and I’m ready for a nap. Tomorrow is the Illinois QSO party, and I plan on hitting it hard. I’ll have an update tomorrow night.

There is a new radio in the house. I’ve had sellers remorse ever since I sold my Icom 756ProIII a year and a half ago. I even bought a used 756Pro to try to make up for it, but still missed the extra features and tweaks in the Pro III. So this week I bought a Pro III on close-out, for about what I sold my old one for last year. The Pro is up on E-Bay this morning.

In my DX chasing, I was jumping between the Pro III and the K3 on different bands. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but I’ll say I’m happy with my purchase of the Pro III. On some band conditions, it heard K4M better than the K3. In other conditions, the K3 heard the station better than the ProIII. Both are great radios. I’m happy.