The first half of the year is behind us, welcome the 2nd half of 2018. #

The heatwave continues unabated and is full-on miserable. I often include comments about the weather here because it’s such an intrinsic part of most every CW conversation. I took up the habit long ago of checking the local weather report and making a few notes because it’s bound to come up in the course of daily QSO’s. #

It was another good radio weekend. The RAC contest has really grown and dominated the bands on July 1 and it was good to hear all the activity. I worked a dozen SKCC’ers including ND9M who was doing the POTA thing out in Wyoming, K/KFF-3297. And then somehow managed to work five of the 13 Colonies stations; K2A, K2M, K2L, K2G, K2H. #

All 40 meters. All CW. All five watts with the KX3. #

Another of the Colonies stations was using RTTY and I tried in vain to work them using the paddles with the KX3. Five watts of RTTY on a noisy 40 meter band was probably asking too much, but it was fun to try and I plan to give that a whirl in the next big RTTY contest just for kicks. #

Tonight is the montlhy Spartan Sprint and I plan to jump back into it for the first time in a long time. I keep an eye on the logs from that activity and can see that its popularity has trailed off but I’m a big fan of the two-hour sprint format. #

We’ll be headed north tomorrow. Not far enough to escape the heatwave, but standing hip deep in the icy waters of Lake Michigan ought to help. #