It was another busy day. The kids are having autumn holidays, not much time for ham radio making qso’s. That means auto controlled radio such as WSPR. Technical improvements in ham software are challenging. We can feel nostalgic about old glowing and humming radio tubes. That’s okay, but the new thing is okay for me too. I was done with 5 watt QRO on WSPR. So today it was time for 50 mW into my end fed wire. My router has the same power. Hi. The moment I wrote this I was spotted by FR1GZ that’s 190.380 km per watt or 118.301 Miles per watt on the 10 meter band. That’s a new record for me with QRPp. QRPp is exciting, even with WSPR.
On 10 meter in the early hours I worked UK/UA1ZEY with CW. I think from Ukraine, but the qso was only a 599 TU.
Yesterday I was visiting a good friend of mine. An old radio from the fifties was playing outstanding jazz. The tubes were glowing yellow/red in the corner of the room. But... on the outside it was a real old radio, but inside it there was an iPod playing the music into hidden speakers. It was all make belief. In the footer of my blog you can read: “Life is too short not to enjoy it.” It was a saying of a 95 years old man. So enjoy whatever you want to do. Today it is WSPR, tomorrow CW, next week phone, who will say? Or a week without radio and spend time with the wife and kids, or playing with the grandchildren, or visiting and rag chew with real old friends and make an eyeball qso. Whatever, enjoy life.
In the late afternoon I worked IV3RJH (599) and SM5CNQ (589) both 5 w QRP on 14060, I was running only 1 watt CW. Maybe I am QRV tonight on 40 meter with 1 watt.
Finally I worked GW0KIG Kevin tonight on 40 meter SSB. One of my blog friends. I never heard him before, now I heard him working, so I gave him a call and we had a nice short qso.