We had no plans for 4th of July this year so I spent the day at home after my morning walk. It was too hot to do anything much outside anyway with the high being 94F. I did spend a little time in the backyard with the TX-500, a small battery, a portable vertical and frosty cold cerveza.

Band conditions weren’t good and pickings were pretty slim. I did manage to snag ten of the thirteen colonies and maybe will try to finish that off later, but I doubt it. I did work several POTA stations including KD3D (PA), W8MSC (MI), NA4A (AL), and WV3V (WY). Signals were all light to nearly imaginary, but somehow it all worked out.

Toss in a few DX contacts and one new state worked (and confirmed) on 6 meters and that rounded out a low-stress day of radio.

Hope you enjoyed the holiday too!