Yesterday was a nice radio day. 40 meters was quiet all morning with better propagation than we’ve been treated to lately. I worked ten stations in the Ontario QSO Party and enjoyed a handful of casual chats peppered around those using the KX3 at five watts.

I had read earlier in the week that K3WWP and KC2EGL would put the submarine USS Requin on the air from its permanent dock near the Buhl Science Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Their published schedule indicated they would be on 7039 KHz at 10AM EDT using NY3EC. I heard them calling at 10:15 and had them in the log four minutes later.

It was one of those days where contacts were easy to make and everyone seemed in a good mood. It was relaxing, fun and enjoyable. Nothing fancy. Just slapping a little brass and peppering the aether. CW remains the blue-collar, hardworking mode that made ham radio famous.