Having a spare hour on a weekday evening is rare and when I got one, I wanted to spend that time fishing the SKCC waters in my continuing quest for Senator level. I’m close to achieving Tx7 but the closer I get the harder it gets. As it turned out, it didn’t matter. Blame it on band conditions or the CW ops all took the night off, there was no SKCC ops to be found on 80 or 40 meters.

The waterfall told the tale. Zilch activity - except for the thick rope that’s omni-present on the FT8 frequencies. I jumped in on 80 and quickly put thirteen in the log. Canada, PA, MS, TN, DE, NJ, CT, MI, MA, FL - nothing spectacular but the band wasn’t dead.

If it hadn’t been for FT8, there would have been no ham radio for me last night.