The 182nd day of 2019 - 84 days until autumn begins…

I bought an IC-7610 at Dayton and it was delivered a few days later. After the unboxing I put it on the air to give it a trial run. Five QSO’s later I shut it down and returned it to the box and the work of remodeling the shack got underway and I was QRT for the next few weeks. I returned to the air this weekend and despite the dismal band conditions, things went rather well.

In total, a couple dozen contacts were added to the log on Saturday and Sunday. Seven were with POTA operations from various State Parks. There were also a half dozen or so SKCC contacts. One of those, with Ed, W0RJW took place on 80 meters after trying unsuccessfully on 40. Ed lives just 300 miles due north of here in Michigan. Could be my imagination but 40 seems a lot less reliable since the sunspots disappeared.

A little later on Saturday Dan, KB6NU tweeted that he had just worked VX4WARC in Winnipeg celebrating the 100th anniversary of their local radio club on 30 meters. Having visited that fine city in Manitoba just last October I wanted to work them. Switched to 30, heard them calling and worked them on the first call. I replied to Dan that “it’s got to be harder than that…”

Hours later, just before pulling the plug on Saturday night, I was still on 30 when I noticed a crowd forming near the bottom of the band. That turned out to be HR9/AD8J operating from the Bahia Islands (NA-057) in Honduras. Worked him in short order, then pulled the switch and closed station for the night. Nice! #