Do you remember I had a cable with a bad connection on the PL-259 plug on one end? Well it turns out the other end had the same problem. Of course that was the cable I used to connect my fan dipole to my TS-520S when I moved into my new shack and had to change the cable I was using (too short) to this other cable. It wasn't difficult to figure out it was bad. As I was plugging in the cable I heard activity on the radio. However, as soon as I connected the shield, the signal died... I knew something was not right and sure enough when I checked the cable with a meter. it was open. Oh well live and learn.
I worked the K3Y special event this year and got 19 unique spots. Wasn't able to get any /3 or /6. Didn't seem like there were any on the bands I am able to use. I was limited to 40 and 15 on QRO and 80 and 20 with my HW-8 QRP. I am still having RFI issues with the fresh air exchanger so I can only operate 20 on my QRP rig. Hope when I get some out side antennas this will change, but you never know!! Interesting thing, I am right over my garage and do not have any issues with the garage door openers.
I also worked the January and February WES. First time I worked two back to back. I worked enough stations to earn my Centurion suffix on my SKCC number. So what does this mean? It means now on to get my Tribune!!
I have also been doing some more JT65. I have got New Zealand in the book now on 10 meters. Which is new for me. I have about 125 confirmed JT65 QSOs on eQSL.cc sine October. Mostly 10 and 15 meters.
I have bought a HD monitor for my radio computer. Really nice but seems to have slowed the computer some what.
Next time I will have a surprise!!.....
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