Good morning QRZ.com bio authors…

More cooler than normal weather in these parts has me thinking that we may indeed have an early autumn. Fingers crossed for a crazy bad winter, my favorite weather. Waiting on rain at the moment but the lawn has taken on that late summer, dormant brown look that means it won’t need to be mowed this week. And folks just a wee bit north of here are reporting that the leaves are beginning to turn colors, ever so slightly.

Speaking of a wee bit north of here, I plan to attend the 75th Findlay Hamfest on Sunday September 10 (Gates open at 6:30 AM for Vendors to set up, 8 AM for the general public) at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio. Planning to attend?

The August edition of the SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (WES) takes place this weekend and I plan to beat some brass. I almost never set a goal for these kinds of sprints. I generally just jump in and play until I get tired - or bored. But I read recently about the pleasure in setting and obtaining goals so I’m shooting for 50 Q’s this weekend and will let the chips fall where they will.

I had first thought of spending more time in the event given my recent preoccupation with FT8 and thought an entire weekend of CW would be a welcome break. But then I read this:

RADIO ARCALA SALUTES JOE TAYLOR, K1JT AND THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF FT8 MODE ON HF PLUS ACTIVATE 4M MS FSK441 AND 60M MARKET REEF, OJ0BH/OJ0JR QRV: 12th–19th AUGUST 2017

Tuning the poor 20m band month after month represents a major frustration nowadays. Particularly on SSB, only the occasional DX signal breaks the sea of noise, consequently reducing activity levels even further. However, that very noise could be a new lease of life, if one were to copy signals below it. They are there every day. Indeed, with their huge antennas and state-of-the art receivers, DXers can dig even deeper into the noise and log plenty of good DX faster than one can think. Martti, OH2BH/OJ0BH, and Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR, will attempt to land on Market Reef this Saturday PM, weather permitting, and will immediately break the noise floor by getting FT8 QSOs underway.

If conditions to Europe are reasonable I’ll spend time staring at the waterfall in search of Martti on FT8. I only have Saturday and Sunday for this since I’ll be on the road again early next week. Getting my station remote controllable is moving up quickly on my “to do” list.