My 1,000th unique FT8 contact was with WA9THI. Still no Wyoming.

We spent most of the day yesterday in Illinois celebrating my grandson’s sixth birthday. I had hoped to make a few satellite contacts today but the weather has been rough - thunderstorms and tornado warnings prevailed.

I did a little prep work on the Arrow antenna since I plan to take the portable satellite gear on the road with me this week. A few dry days could help with my time sensitive goal.

I added color tape to the mast and elements to help me quickly assemble it in the field. It came with paint marks but those have always been tough for me to see. The colored tape should make this a little easier, especially on a dark morning in the car.