Wed Apr 21 8:38PM - Not as good a day as yesterday, but not bad either except for the weather. Let's see if I can put a visual description here.
Those are not dust specks on the lens. At least it didn't stick to the warm ground and just a bit on car windshields.
Took a while to get my QSO again this evening, but K9CG eventually answered my 40M CQ. -30-
Tue Apr 20 2021 8:33PM - There have been a lot of good happenings for me lately. Some of them are private and I don't share them here in the on air diary, and I am sorry about that, but I think it is best in the long run. There were other good things I can talk about here though.
Bruce and I took Roscoe out to get his vitamins today, then stopped for an ice cream cone for Roscoe, and a milkshake for me. Thanks Bruce. I just now thought I should have taken a video of Roscoe eating his ice cream cone. That would be a treasured keepsake and you would have enjoyed seeing it. Hopefully I'll remember the next time he has a cone. It's so easy with my new smart phone too. I just love that thing. I'm sure glad my young friend Jasmine convinced me to get one. And I'm glad Mike took me to the Apple Store in Pittsburgh and helped out with the details of purchasing it.
Now it's time to order a couple subs from Vocelli's for Bruce and me after I get my weather data and finish updating a couple more web site pages. -30-
Mon Apr 19 2021 8:25PM - Thanks to Mike for writing yesterday's diary entry and for suggesting we do a tag team effort in the CQMM contest. I had a really great time. It was enjoyable getting into a bigger contest for a change, especially when the action got fast paced at times. Also it was nice to be able to take my mind off of other things for a while.
I was busy today with getting caught up on some things I put off because of the contest like my laundry. I also enjoyed the nice weather with some walks and a couple times sitting in the park.
Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of talking to one of my girlfriends for the first time. I think Mike was getting a bit tired of me playing one song over and over several times that reminded me of her.
I heard via post card (QSL) today from Art at the sub USS Requin. He says he is now at the sub a couple days a week and asked if we wanted to do some subpeditions. Of course we do. I contacted Mike and we're going to try for May 10 and maybe every 2nd Monday of a month after that. Of course I'll keep you up to date on that here in the diary and also wherever else we can publiccize it. -30-
Sun Apr 18 2021 8:19PM - Now here's Mike for the diary entry. Good evening everyone. It was a very good weekend for radio operations. We logged 132 (John) and 126 (Mike) QSO's during the CQMM DX contest. We worked Europe 9A5W on 80M (on 40 and 20M as well) rather easiliy. And a few on 20 and 40. 15M was virtualy dead. 10M was dead. It was slow going most of today. Things picked up when 40M opened up later this afternoon. I mentioned to John that it was a psuedo practice run for Field Day. No we did not forgo a decent meal. We had pasta dishes from Vocellis. During some down time today we took John's drone up to the Kittanning Park. It flies well. Unfortunately flying time is short due to the small battery. I was very impressed with it. Next on the radio calendar will be Field Day unless we have a impromtu parkpedition.
So until next time, de Mike KC2EGL 73 -30-
Sat Apr 17 2021 8:32PM - Mike and I had a long session in the CQMM contest. Conditions were fair, but not really good DX conditions. We each made about 60 QSOs, all but 3 or 4 were W/VE QSOs. We'll have a complete report on the test in tomorrow's diary entry. -30-
Fri Apr 16 2021 8:21PM - Well, as I said, it seems when I have little to write abbout in the diary, I have a lot of time to not write it. That's true again today. Nothing to write about an a lot of free time to kill.
The bands were busy tonight. Busier than I was today. HI. There must have been about 6-8 stations on 30 meters and more than that on the lower part of 40. I decided to call CQ and after a few minutes I got an answer from VE3HBH for a short QSO to keep the streak alive.
The next couple days should be better with Mike spending the weekend to do the CQMM Contest. That will be a welcome relief from the boredom here of late. -30-
Thu Apr 15 2021 8:43PM - Life is strange and has its little jokes it likes to play on people. For example the last few nights I had little to write about and had plenty of time to not do it. Tonight after a very good day, there is a lot I could write about, but have little time to do it. I just finished a long phone call from a cousin and then got my streak QSO. Now it's almost time for my weather readings, having a sub with my neighbor, walk Roscoe, etc.
Anyway, I got the lawn trimmer I ordered a few days ago, and had a bit of a time putting it together with a very minimal instruction booklet. At least I got it running and I'll try it out tomorrow in my back yard. While I was unpacking it, there was a knock on the door, and it was Jasmine. She forgot her key and needed to borrow mine to get in the house. I hadn't really been able to talk to her in a while, so I kind of stretched it out and I got to tell her some things I had been waiting to say for a while now. So there are two good things right there. There were more little things that also went just right like ordering a printer ink cartridge from Walmart for my neighbor, finding some info for him, and oh, some other little things I can't remember now, but they all went well.
Now I've got to run and order some subs, get my weather, etc. -30-
Wed Apr 14 2021 7:42PM - Didja ever have one of those days where you're not sure if it was a bad day, a good day, or what. I did today and I'm still trying to figure it out. And I don't drink. In fact I've had just one alcoholic beverage in my nearly 76 years of life. That was at a Greek Rood Festival back around 1976 or so. Hopefully I'll figure it all out later, but right now I'm not sure. Hopefully my streak QSO will be easy tonight. Apologies for being so vague and unsure for the past however long it's been now. -30-
Tue Apr 13 2021 8:21PM - Almost time for our NAQCC sprint so another short entry tonight. Not much to talk about anyway except it was a nice day and I spent quite a bit of time walking and sitting in the park. -30-
Mon Apr 12 2021 8:56PM - Just a quick entry tonight. I've got a couple of subs ordered to be delivered in a few minutes for a welcome home to my neighbor who came home from the hospital/rehab today. -30-
Sun Apr 11 2021 8:32PM - I honored Sunday in the traditional way today. I kept it as a day of rest, and didn't do much of anything. About the only real work I'm doing right now. My laundry is in the dryer. Otherwise I did some walking, some work/play on my smart phone, and that was about it. Of course I got my streak QSO this evening in the SST sprint from N7US in IL on 40M. -30-
Sat Apr 10 2021 7:52PM - Looks like with the GA, NE, and NM QSO Parties, it should be a quick streak QSO this evening.
Thanks to Tim Hayes and Dennis Doran (I don't have their calls handy) for pointing out some date errors in my diary which I have now fixed.
I was right about the GA QSO Party. I got a phone call and it's now 8:20PM so after the call I went and worked KM4DAY for the streak QSO. Only took a couple minute to find and work someone when I eventually got to the shack. -30-
Fri Apr 9 2021 8:27PM - Well, the weather was good again today with a high of 77 under mostly sunny skies. That's about all that was good today. Well, I did get a streak QSO on 30 meters again as that band is starting to open up after a long pretty inactive period. Who did I work? Roger KO5Q down in GA. -30-
Thu Apr 8 2021 8:27PM - In contrast to yesterday, most of today was good. The weather topped it off. It was sunny with some increasing clouds late in the day. The high was 82 again. So I spent a lot of time outside walking or sitting on the porch. I didn't really do a whole lot of things besides that.
The streak QSO came quicker this evening when I worked Ray K2HYD at 0006Z on 40M. I hadn't worked Ray in quite some time and it was good to hear him again. -30-
Wed Apr 7 2021 8:37PM - Today started off bad and never really got much better in many ways. First there was a hole in my pants pocket through which I might have lost my keys if I don't keep them attached to my belt. I had to sew that up. Then the battery in my pedometer went dead and I had to replace it. Don't leave, it doesn't get better. When I went next door to take Roscoe out, turned out he took a big dump right inside the door sometime during the night. I had to clean that up. I had to get away so I went and sat in the park for a while.
I did some work in the back yard a little later and got a cut on my finger from a piece of wire fencing. It did calm down a bit after that until I got on the air this evening. I had trouble working anyone for almost a half hour which is the longest it's taken in some time now. I finally did get N4OW in FL on 40 meters. I better be careful from now till midnight so nothing else happens.
I did enjoy sitting on the porch quite a bit in between the minor disasters listening to music on my new smart phone. I'm really becoming a smart phone addict - thanks Jasmine. HI I always wondered why so many folks are glued to their smart phones, and now I know. HI -30-
Tue Apr 6 2021 8:47PM - Here are some stats Tom WB3FAE compiled from our POTA op yesterday:
40 m contacts: 19
30 m contacts: 15
20 m contacts: 23
Total Contacts: 57
19 States: TN, NH, NC, IL, NY, IN, PA, WI, MA, FL, MO, ME, KS, SD, UT, OK, NM,IA,OR
1 US Territory: PR
2 Canadian Provinces: NL, BC
3 Countries: England, France, Azores
Not bad as I said yesterday.
Hey just got an email from Australia:
I'm copying you S1-2 on 10105.0kHz, long path, during your rag chew with AA4MB, who is 449.
Rig here IC-7610, ant 80m open wire fed flat top delta loop, up 20m.
Think you said ur antenna was in the attic? If so it's doing a great job.
Take care, stay well and 73, Phil VK6GX.
Those of you who follow my diary about my activity know I've worked VK6 several times on 30 meters. So I'm not really surprised by this email, but very glad to get it.
That pretty much covers the diary material about today. Except I just want to comment on the Baylor-Gonzaga game last night. I don't think I've ever seen one team dominate another like that in the March Madness final game. Baylor won by 16 points, but the game wasn't really that close. Gonzaga fell behind 9-0 at the start and never got closer than that the whole game if I recall correctly. Amazing especially since Gonzaga was undefeated going into the game. The first team to do that since Indiana State with Larry Bird back in 1989, I believe. ISU also lost the final for their first loss of the season. -30-
Mon Apr 5 2021 7:43PM - Pictures of the three ops at today's parkpedition from Moraine State Park.
Me - Upper Left, Mike - Upper right, Tom - Bottom
The weather was beautiful, conditions were good, and we made 50 some contacts. I'd call that a success.
OK, now off to get my streak QSO. -30-
Sun Apr 4 2021 8:11PM - I watched one of the best basketball games I've ever seen last night. It ranks up there with the Christian Laettner game in 1992. Of course I mean the OT game between Gonzaga and UCLA that Gonzaga won on a last second three point shot 93-90. Wow. And I watched most of it. The first time I've watched virtually a complete basketball game in a long time.
That got me thinking of the greatest football and baseball games I've seen. I'll talk more about that in a couple nights but I'm busy tonight and tomorrow night. Just a teaser though. Football: Oakland-Miami. Baseball: Pittsburgh-New York. Real sports fans will know the games I'm talking about.
I had a truly great Easter today. I haven't seen much of Jasmine lately, but I got to talk to her for several minutes today about smart phones mostly. Then a little later she brought me over two BIG dishes of Easter dinner food and also visited for several minutes more. It's always nice when friends get together after little contact for some time.
Tomorrow I'll be with a couple more friends, Mike KC2EGL and Tom WB3FAE. I saw Mike just a few days ago, but haven't seen Tom for several months, maybe close to a year. We'll be doing a POTA operation from Moraine Park near Butler, PA. -30-
Sat Apr 3 2021 8:07PM - It was kind of a strange and busy day today. I did so many different things, I can't even remember what most of them were. There weren't any out of the ordinary things. I do remember that. It was another chilly day until it did warm to the middle 50s by late afternoon/early evening.
Tonight I got one of those 0000Z streak QSOs thanks to the MS QSO Party when I worked KD5DD a few seconds after 0000Z. That also got my 59th year as a ham radio operator off to a quick start. -30-
Fri Apr 2 2021 8:49PM - Tomorrow April 3 2021 is a noteable day in my ham radio life as you see here:
Yep, it's been 58 years now that I've been a license ham. Whew! Where does the time go, and as I always add, why does it go faster when we get older. I sure would love to knock off a good deal of those years and go back to being young again, but that ain't going to happen.
Tonight I worked another ham who is a retired broadcast worker. Of course you know I am one also. That's another good sized span of time since I retired in the early 1990s, almost 30 years ago. Wow, I'm getting to feel really old as I type this entry. I think I'll just stop now before I feel any older. HI -30-
Thu Apr 1 2021 8:30PM - Happy April Fools Day from a FOOL to you out there. Sometimes I think I really do qualify.
Mike and I had a good day today and it was nice to have some company here for a change. Thanks Mike. I can sum up our day briefly although we did accomplish a lot. It started with me showing him my phone app for running my Lionel trains. Then for most of the rest of the day we exchanged a lot of info about smart phones. I learned a lot from Mike and I think he learned a few things from me. We closed out the day with some ham radio. It seemed most folks were engaged in rag chewing with each other so Mike didn't work anyone and it took me a while to get my streak QSO when I finally worked N2UU. That pretty much covers the day. -30-
Wed Mar 31 2021 8:36PM - A wet chilly rainy day today in contrast to the last few days. I didn't have anywhere to go or anything to do so it really didn't matter, I guess.
Another day of learning/playing with the smart phone. Also I uploaded my March QSOs to eQSL and LoTW as I do the end of each month. I had 34 QSOs in March. 31 streak QSOs and 3 extra ones. I sure have cut down on my number of QSOs the past couple years. I guess I just don't have the desire to get on the air as much. Probably due to old age. HI Anyway that's a good thing on which to blame a lot of things as the years roll by.
My QSO came quickly tonight at 0004Z when I worked W9XW on 40 meters. -30-
Tue Mar 30 2021 8:11PM - Another beautiful day with sunshine and mid-70s temperature. I was busy with other things though and didn't get out as much as I would have liked. I did sit on the porch both with Roscoe and by myself, and went for a walk and shopping downtown. I also did some yard work. So actually I guess I did get out more than it seemed. HI.
I did a lot with my smart phone also. I'm sure enjoying it, and even though I don't see her much lately, I have to thank Jasmine again for encouraging me to get one. Mike's coming down on Thursday and he'll be doing some things to help me with the phone even though without his or Jasmine's help I must say I've learned a lot on my own by just playing around with it.
A quick streak QSO from VE2CSI up in QC on 40 meters at 0001Z took care of that daily chore. -30-
Mon Mar 29 2021 8:18PM - A chilly but sunny day. It gave me a chance to fix a support on my thermometer shelter in the back yard which was broken in the big wind we had several days ago. I took a couple pixtures of the fix on my smart phone. If I can get them over here to my laptop, I'll post one here. OK, here we go.
Right in the center of the picture is a portion of a 2x4 with two nuts and bolts protruding from it. That is part of Mike's train platform support. We had to shorten the legs and wound up with many pieces like that. I said I'd take some since they might come in handy someday. Well today was someday. HI Never throw anything out, you might need it some day. I added bricks surrounding the 2x4 and support to hopefully keep it from swinging around and breaking again.
That's pretty much the only out of the usual activity here today. My streak QSO came quickly tonight on 40 meters from N9FGC in IN.
We're rapidly trimming the March Madness field. After tomorrow it will be down to the Final Four. It looks like Houston will be one of the Four. They are far ahead of Oregon State at the moment 42-27 with 15 minutes left. Not unsurmountable, but unlikely Oregon State can come back. We'll see. -30-
Sun Mar 28 2021 9:17PM - Yes it's late as I get around to writing this entry. I did my laundry and wanted to wait till it finished to do this entry. That and a long phone call are the reasons.
Fortunately(?) there's not much to write about anyway. It was a quiet rainy windy Sunday so I spent most of it on my new smart phone. That thing is a great companion although not as nice as a good lady would be, but....
I broke my string of LMS stations tonight and worked K4JAZ in the SST sprint. That's a great little thing to help me get a very quick streak QSO each Sunday evening when I have other things (usually) to do then. -30-
Sat Mar 27 2021 8:10PM - Another quiet day today. I spent most of it on my smart phone installing a couple new apps and continuing to learn more about it. My smart phone tutor Jasmine turned out to be busy all day with other things and never did get together with me. Sigh!.
The weather was nice again and I went for a fairly long walk. Other than that, I can't really think of anything out of the ordinary. This evening for the fourth night in a row I worked a LMS related station. Tonight it was K6S on 40M. He's listed as being in CA so that was pretty long skip just after sunset here, if so. -30-
Fri Mar 26 2021 1:48PM - AS you may or may not know, my on-line log is hosted on GoDaddy. They have recently made some changes to the php pages they host. As a result I have two choices, to modify the php pages or simply drop the on-line logs altogether. Probably I'll do a combination of the both and change the way my logs can be accessed to see if you ever worked me. I'll have to do some thinking about it before I decide on just what to do. -30-
Thu Mar 25 2021 8:28PM - A day pretty much like the last couple with a couple exceptions which I won't go into. I worked the same station for my streak QSO as last night - KA6LMS - except it was /4 tonight instead of /1 as last night and on 40 instead of 80 last night. It was 75 today so I sat on the porch quite a while with my smart phone, and also went for a fairly long walk. -30-
Wed Mar 24 2021 8:28PM - If the last couple days were good, today was great. Again no real details on the main reason it was great. Sorry! You'll have to take my word for it.
There were other good things to talk more about though. The weather again was outstanding with a high of... 73 on my remote weather station. I took a couple long walks down through the park and did some shopping on the second one.
I'm also continuing my learning on the smart phone. I marvel at how powerful a thing it is in such a small package. In many ways it puts my laptop to shame for the things it can do. I think the only complaint I have is that the print is so small for my old and ageing eyes, but that's no fault of it.
I got an astronomy app today and a game app to add to my collection of apps. I also tried out the GPS feature of the maps app when we went to Walmart to get some food for Roscoe, then again later on one of my walks. It works great. Also I'm more and more pleased with the pedometer app I got a few days ago.
This Saturday I have a tentative "date" with Jasmine for some more tutorials on the smart phone. I still have questions about this and that, and she can probably answer them for me.
I talked to Tom WY3H today for a few minutes, and I'm going to call him again tonight so we can talk longer. It's been a while now since we've had a long talk.
I think that gives a pretty good idea of why it was a good day for old John here.
Oh, in ham radio, I worked KA6LMS/1 who was turning over quick QSOs for whatever reason. Maybe it was a special event station. Let me check QRZ. Something about a Last Man Standing TV Show. I'm not familiar with that since I don't follow TV at all. See QRZ for more info if you're interested. -30-
Tue Mar 23 2021 4:27PM - I'm writing this early today. It's been a good day so far. Nice weather again today and a good dose of ambition to get some things done. I worked a little on my tulip bed today. Here's a picture, and you'll maybe see a hole in the pattern of plants at the third spot in the back row. There was a bulb missing there, and I noticed there was an isolated tulip plant a couple feet away outside the pattern. Perhaps some animal or bird dug it up and moved it. The bulb was right at the surface with about a 3 inch root into the ground. So I transplanted it where it should be. I'll see if it will grow there. I'll have some other pictures when the flower buds and later the flowers appear. The picture was taken with my new smart phone.
Mon Mar 22 2021 9:03PM - This was a good day pretty much all around today. The weather was great enough for a pretty long walk with sunny skies and a high of 71. It was also nice enough that I pretty much finished cleaning up my back yard except for a few leaves here and there. Also my rose bushes need pruned. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow. Also my grass is starting to grow pretty good and will need mowing before long.
I had a great QSO this evening with KD8BBK. We went about 25 WPM for 19 minutes. I haven't had a QSO at that speed outside of contests for a long time. I was pleased I only made about 5 sending errors in all that time at 25 WPM.
I also did a little spring house cleaning, but not that much.
It feels good to have the get up and go to do things like the past couple days or so. I hadn't had it for a while now for reasons I won't go into here.
I also of course played with the smart phone. It's nice to sit out on the porch and surf the Internet, etc. I want to thank Jasmine for her help in teaching me some of the ins and outs of a smart phone, and then suggesting which one to get and encouraging me to get one. Without her, I probably wouldn't have one today. I installed a train simulator app today and have been having fun with it.
There were some other things also today, but I can't remember them now. HI -30-
Sun Mar 21 2021 7:18PM - Mike KC2EGL, Tom WB3FAE, and I are planning our first parkpedition of 2021. I'm not sure about Tom and Mike, but I really need to get out somewhere and break this cabin fever. I have been walking more outside the past few weeks, but those walks are only for a short time. Anyway, we are shooting for going to Moraine State Park on April 5. More details as the time draws closer.
Other than that it was a smart phone learning day. I learned how to delete an app for one thing. I also installed a couple new apps, a pedometer and a bar/QR code reader. I checked out the pedometer app against my regular pedometer and they agreed within 4 steps for a walk of 1,500 steps. Not bad. The bar code reader worked fine on bar codes, but I couldn't find a QR code to check. Before I got the phone, it seems I saw QR codes everywhere. That's the way things go. HI
Then of course I have been keeping track of March Madness. An upset game just finished. OK, I got interrupted by a phone call and my laundry finishing in the washer. Now where was I? Oh yes, the upset was #11 Syracuse beating #3 West Virginia. There were 11 upsets so far in the tournament.
It's getting close to streak time. The SST should provide an easy QSO so I can get back to my laundry when it finishes in the dryer. -30-
Sat Mar 20 2021 8:12PM - Another day of March Madness, learning more about the smart phone, and a nice walk in the 60 degree weather for some shopping.
The Russian DX test helped with the streak tonight. It's an everybody works everybody test so I worked K1MM on 40 meters for my QSO. -30-
Fri Mar 19 2021 8:59PM - This was for the most part a very busy and good day. I can't even remember all that I got done, but it mainly dealt with the smart phone and March Madness. Actually they both kind of link together since I was following the tournament on the phone. HI I learned a lot about the phone today and am getting more and more comfortable with it each day now. It's a steep learning curve for an old man like me. However my 40 or so years of working with computers is helping quite a bit.
Let's see how MM is coming. There was one big upset today with Oral Roberts (15) beating Ohio State (2). A 12 Oregon St beat a 5 Tennessee also. I haven't checked the more recent games. Looks like with one exception, the rest of the games are going as seeded. North Texas is ahead of Purdue, but only by one point now. Well, 4 points. Guess NT made a 3 pointer.
OK, I've got too many things going here now. Let's wrap up this entry. I worked W9IK on 40, then decided I was going to check 30 and 20 before I shut down. I called CQ on 30 and after a few CQs, N0FUA in GA answered me and we had a 16 minute solid copy QSO. That was even with me forgetting to change antennas on the last round. I used the 20 meter dipole instead of the attic random wire. I was listening on the dipole because it had a better s/n ratio. -30-
Thu Mar 18 2021 8:32PM - Can it be anything but a good day when March Madness gets started? We're down to 67 teams already as Texas Southern beat Mount St. Mary's in one of the First Four games to become #16 seed in the East to go up against Michigan. Drake is beating Wichita St near the end of the game. Then there will be two more games a little later tonight. Love it! I'm watching on my smart phone as I type here on the computer.
There were other good things today also, mostly dealing with continuing to set up and learn the smart phone. I bought my first app (actually free) from the Apple store, a Lionel Lionchief app with which I can run my trains from the phone.
Oh Oh, 27 seconds to go in the Drake game with Drake up by 2. OK back to concentrating on the game now. -30-
Wed Mar 17 2021 6:46PM - Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. It was an up and down day here which I won't bother describing because I want to get this diary entry done before Mike comes. We have a lot of things to do with the top of the list being hooking up the phone service to my new smart phone. I also have some other things to ask Mike about the phone. Also I have to get my streak QSO and get at least one QSO in our NAQCC sprint. I could combine those things. Of course we'll have to get something to eat. I'm sure there are other things as well, and he won't be here till 8:00 so we'll have to squeeze all that into a rather short time. -30-
Tue Mar 16 2021 9:05PM - This was a good day in several ways, but I don't have much time to write about it, so just some highlights. I received the SIM chip or card for my smart phone today, so when Mike comes tomorrow evening we can get it installed. I probably could do it myself, but he's done it before so might as well rely on his experience. Also I have some other things I need to ask him about the phone.
Then I had a visit from my second cousin whom I don't see all that often. I found some old pictures of her mother and a couple other relatives that I thought she would like to have, and she was glad to get them.
I found her pictures when I was looking for pictures of an old girlfriend whom I was thinking about recently for some reason. I also found them and decided to see if I could trace her via the Internet. I think I did find her and am going to drop her a letter just for the fun of it to see what happens. Stay tuned for further episodes of any soap opera that may develop. HI
I got a fairly quick QSO this evening from W2WJ/8 in not too far away Struthers, OH on 80 meters. -30-
Mon Mar 15 2021 8:17PM - Beware the Ides of March. Well, nothing really bad happened here today. I got my NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets set up in my Excel file and I'm ready for March Madness to start this Thursday. It's a bit different this year as they seem to be playing the games on Fri/Sat and Sun/Mon this year if the info I have is right. Also they are playing all the games in two brackets on Fri and all games in the two other brackets on Sat, and so on and so forth. Anyway it's good to have it back after missing last year due to the virus.
I also did my middle of the month bills today. Then I learned more about my smart phone. I'm really getting used to it now and liking it quite a bit.
A fairly quick streak QSO tonight on 40 meters at 0005Z when I worked K4ABC in NC. -30-
Sun Mar 14 2021 7:47PM - I think all went smoothly converting to DST last night. I usually find one clock somewhere that I forgot to update, but so far I haven't found any yet. It's kind of nice having that extra hour of light in the evening. Of course since the daylight is only shifted and not saved, the folks who need more light in the morning will have to suffer.
I learned quite a bit more about my smart phone today so when Mike comes down on Wednesday to help install the SIM card, we shouldn't have too much to do, which will be good since I believe he is coming down after his bike ride and we won't have too much time.
Right now I'm doing my laundry and waiting for 0000Z to get my streak QSO. That should be easy with the SST Sprint.
Another thing I did today was look through some old pictures mainly looking for a picture of an old girlfriend from 1976. There's an interesting story behind that, but I'm not going to tell it here. I did find 4 or 5 such pictures, and I think when Mike reads this, he'll be interested. Nuff said about that.
Almost time now either for the streak QSO or to put the laundry in the dryer. Oops, one more cycle to go in the washer yet, so it may be about a tie. -30-
Sat Mar 13 2021 7:44PM - A lot of today was spent fooling around learning about my new smart phone. I'm fairly well along, but still a lot to learn yet. Even though I really never used one except for a brief time on Jasmine's, I found things pretty well straightforward. Of course, Mike setting it up for me yesterday took care of a lot of things it would have taken me a couple days to do. Now I just have to wait for my SIM card to come in the mail to finish the setup. That should be Wednesday.
My streak QSO came in the Tesla Contest when I worked Dave K1ZZ on 80 meters.
Now I'm going to watch the movie Casablance with Bruce (and Roscoe). -30-
Fri Mar 12 2021 7:23PM - It was a good Mike day, so here he is to tell you about it. Well folks you know where is about to freeze over. John bit the modern technology bullet today and came into the age of mobile phones. We headed back to Pittsburgh to the Apple Store in Shadyside. One of the very few Pittsburgh neighborhoods that I actualy like. If it were not for the $3,000 a month rent for a one bedroom apartment I could easily live there. John decided on a plan from Straight Talk which I talked him into and the Apple Tech agreed that it was an excellent provider to go with. We did run into one issure when we stopped at Walmart to get a SIM card and a few accesories for his phone. They do not sell SIM cards. We had to order one directly from Straight Talk which went much easier than I had expected. They farm out their tech work to the Sub continent (or at least they used to). The gentleman who took the call spoke perfect english without an accent. And was more than helpful and very professional. I was quite pleased. John's SIM card will be here by Wednesday. Which means I will be back down that night after my first group bike ride of the season.
After our trip up to Walmart we headed over to the Kittanning TWP Volunteer Fire Hall to pick up our fish dinners that John ordered earlier in the week. Unfortunately they are still not allowed to have dine in service. It was still a fantastic meal. A good portion of fish with 3 Peirogies, Mac and Cheese, coleslaw, and a dinner role. All to help support a local Volunteer Fire Hall. John logged his streak QSO this evening as well K8MPH on 80M.
All in all it was another outstanding day hanging out with John. And for a change we did not make any wrong turns. Another reason why you know where is going to freeze over. Until next time de Mike KC2EGL. -30-
Thu Mar 11 2021 7:15PM - Nothing much in the way of news today that I feel worthy talking about in the diary. I do appreciate the feedback I get on the diary, especially from those who like the variety of topics I discuss here. Some things though I do like to keep private. I have another off-line diary for those things.
Tomorrow I hope that Mike will write my diary entry after our day getting me a smart phone followed by having a Lenten fish dinner. That will add a little more variety to the diary, I hope. -30-
Wed Mar 10 2021 7:28PM - Another run of the mill days today. There seem to be a lot of them of late. I sure will be glad when this virus thing is a thing of the past and we can get back to normal activities again. Maybe that will make a change in things.
I did some more back yard cleanup today in the 72 degree weather here. I've got the bulk of the leaf mulch removed from my garden beds now although I'm not sure I'll plant a garden this year. I haven't started tomatoes or peppers from seeds as I usually do in January. I might just buy a couple tomato and pepper plants from our garden center and go with them for this year.
It was yet another easy streak QSO this evening. I hope I don't jinx things by saying this, but it really isn't all that hard to do a streak like mine. Especially if you have the time available each and every day as I do here. Propagation conditions are virtually never the factor, nor is band activity. The 0000Z hour remains the hour for well over 90 percent of my QSOs, much closer to 98 or 99 percent for recent times going back a few years now. -30-
Tue Mar 9 2021 7:37PM - I guess this was a better day today. The temperature got up in the mid 60s, nice enough for a shirtsleeves walk downtown for some shopping. It's been nice to go outside for some good walks most days of late. Helps cure or at least ease the cabin fever which has been so prevalent of late. It was also nice today to start cleaning up my back yard. When I removed the leaf mulch from my tulip bed, I found most all the tulips have started to sprout. There are about 18 groups of them with each group now having split into at least 4-6 plants so I may have near to 100 flowers this spring. I'll post a picture here in the diary when they have all bloomed.
That's pretty much the story of the day today as far as things out of the ordinary go. I got a quick streak QSO this evening from W9IK on 80 meters at 0001Z.
Oh, I also ordered two fish dinners for Friday when Mike comes down to take me to get my smart phone (hopefully for real this time, unlike last Wednesday when the Apple store didn't have what I wanted). This time I decided to change the model to one they do have in stock. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles the other one would have had, but most of those had to do with the picture taking ability of the phone. This one should suit my needs perfectly, and is cheaper to boot. -30-
Mon Mar 8 2021 7:32PM - March 8 seems to stick in my mind for some reason. I believe it was March 8, 1960 when I recorded my first below zero temperature in my many long years of weather records. I can check on that and will do so now. Yep, that was it. It was -2 degrees on that date in the very unusual month of March 1960 when March was colder than January or February.
A quick and not so long streak QSO this evening from WB5RYB on 40 meters. My local QRN brought a premature ending to the QSO.
It took its good old time doing it, but it did get into the 50s today in late afternoon after a low this morning in the teens. -30-
Sun Mar 7 2021 7:33PM - Pretty much a usual day of late. I went for a walk downtown today to do some shopping, mostly for junk food. HI Nothing like junk food to brighten up a day. HI
This evening, once again the SST sprint took care of the streak QSO. That was good, because Bruce had a sub for both of us that I finished in time to do my laundry, which I'm doing right now. That pretty much sums up the day, I guess. -30-
Sat Mar 6 2021 7:20PM - A couple different things made this a better day today. We took Roscoe to the groomer for a hair cut, bath, and nail clipping. Now he looks like a different dog. HI Seems to feel better also.
Late this afternoon, I did something I haven't done for a while. I watched a full movie. Specifically my favorite movie of all time, probably. It is Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman along with several other great actors of that era. I think it is a great mixture of a love story between Bogart and Bergman and a World War II story as a background. They sure don't make movies like that any longer. Bogart is one of, if not my favorite actor(s). I've seen just about every one of his movies over the years except maybe some of his very early short features. Other favorites of his movies are The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, We're No Angels, Key Largo, The Left Hand of God, Battle Circus, Deadline USA, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Action in the North Atlantic, Passage To Marseilles, and The Petrified Forest. That last film was his first major movie after Leslie Howard "discovered" Bogart playing the villian Duke Mantee in a play.
My streak QSO this evening was a 2X QRP one with KA2CMA on 80 in NY. He had me run my power down to 100 mW to see if he could copy me at that level since I was so strong at 5 watts. He did copy me well. Must be nice to have a quiet location like he must have. I could never do that here with my high local noise. -30-
Fri Mar 5 2021 7:44PM - This was not a good day in many ways. I'm not going to bore you with any details. I did at least have a nice rag chew QSO this evening with Mike K1OV on 80 meters that lasted 35 minutes. He is in New London, CT which I visited many years ago on a trip through New England. We saw the naval base there and an old restored sailing ship. -30-
Thu Mar 4 2021 1:10PM - Just a picture entry today. I received this in the mail today for last year's Skeeter Hunt in which Mike KC2EGL and I operated from the Kittanning Community Park.
Wed Mar 3 2021 7:31PM - As usual, a good day when Mike visits. We did have one disappointment, but the rest of the day went great. Mike arrived around 10AM or so when I was out walking Roscoe.
We ran my trains quite a bit and just chatted. Mike played Sherlock Holmes till I got in from walking Roscoe. Then we headed to Pittsburgh to the Apple store to supposedly get my smart phone. That's when the disappointment came in. They were out of the model I wanted, and I had to put that on hold while I studied other models to find a substitute. So it was a trip to Pittsburgh for nothing. Well, as Mike said though, looking on the bright side, we did get to see the two houses where I lived while working at WPIT in Pittsburgh many years ago. The one looked pretty much the same while the other had a pretty much complete makeover.
Back home again after stopping at Wendy's for a take out order. Can't miss our food breaks. At home, some more computer games and running trains. We checked the bands and heard the CWT sprint, but not much more. We then took a pretty good sized walk enjoying the nice weather.
Later it was up to the shack to get my streak QSO, which I got on 80 meters from Dan KB6NU. Now I'm sitting here writing this, and Mike is looking up something on his smart phone. Wish I had mine here, but that will have to wait a while again. As Mike said though, I haven't had one for a long time, so a few more days or weeks won't hurt. -30-
Tue Mar 2 2021 8:08PM - A nice day today. A bit chilly with a high only in the low 30s or so, but the clear skies and bright sun made it not so bad. I took my longest walk in a while today and did some shopping along the way. In fact I'm eating some of the candy I bought right now as I type.
I had two QSOs tonight, both from my CQs and both solid copy for 18 and 23 minutes on 80 meters. -30-
Mon Mar 1 2021 8:05PM - Happy First Day of Spring! It was a good one here except on the windy side with a wind chill very noticeable. None of the white stuff though, although it did rain early in the day.
I had a great rag chew tonight with Greg W1GF who recently joined NAQCC. We chatted about a variety of things for 49 minutes at about 20WPM including keys and FISTS among other things. -30-
Sun Feb 28 2021 7:16PM - Well, winter ends in a little less than 5 hours. I'll have to disable my counter up above here. Of course March will still have some light s@#w and some cold snaps, but they never last at this time of year.
Today was a good day, weatherwise, and I got in another outside walk. I also finished up most of my end of the month work. One other good thing was Jasmine brought me over a big plate of lasagna. However she was too busy to stay and visit. She is about the busiest girl I've ever known.
As it has the past several Sunday evenings now, the SST sprint gave me a quick streak QSO, thanks to K1BG up in MA on 80M. -30-
Sat Feb 27 2021 7:19PM - Hey, tomorrow is the last day of winter. It looks like March will be coming in like a lamb. Today was sure a lamb like day in many ways. My remote unit shows a high of 52 and it felt like it. I took another good outside walk today and it felt great.
The SC QSO Party provided my streak QSOs this evening. I worked two stations because I wasn't positive if the first one had my call as WWP or WWW. I'm pretty sure it was right, but I wanted a 100% positive one just to be sure.
It looks like I'll have a new toy the middle of next week. Wednesday Mike and I go to the Apple store to get my first ever Smart Phone, an iPhone 11 Pro Max. Then to Walmart for a Straight Talk provider. Then Mike and/or Jasmine can tutor me on how to use it. HI -30-
Fri Feb 26 2021 8:18PM - Another nice day today although not as warm as predicted due to a persistent cloud cover. Still nice enough to run around outside with just a light jacket. I walked down to the river and met a fisherman coming back from fishing. I asked if he did any good, and he said it was still too early for the fish, maybe it would be better in a couple weeks. I haven't gone fishing for a couple years now. That encounter with the fisherman made me thinking I might like to get back to it this year. Maybe Mike and I can go sometime. We've been talking about it for a few years now, but never have made it yet. Or maybe Jasmine and I. She said she has done a little fishing before.
There was not a lot of activity on the bands tonight. I had to resort to a few CQs to finally work someone. It was Bob NR8M whom I have worked quite a few times before. We chatted for 37 minutes about this and that. -30-
Thu Feb 25 2021 7:41PM - A kind of a nothing day today. The weather was nice. Not as warm as yesterday but sunny. I only wore a lite jacket when I went outside to walk Roscoe or do a couple other things.
I made two QSOs this evening. I worked KD2UHF in NY and then called CQ and worked WB8BIL in MI, both on 80 meters. -30-
Wed Feb 24 2021 8:01PM - A great day today. We had a high of 64 under mostly sunny skies. That really took care of a lot of the remaining s#$w and ice. I'd guess the coverage would be down to 10% or less. I saw a graphic I think it was on Penn State's Weather World show where coverage in the whole USA is 32% vs. 73% a week ago. Yes, folks, spring is indeed almost here and I and many others are very glad of that.
There were other good things happening today also, but that is right near the top. I also did some rearranging of my train layout putting the American Flyer RR in the center of the Lionel RR. Before they were in separate rooms and I didn't really run the AF all that much. Now I hope to run it more. I also had a nice little chat with busy Jasmine after not seeing much of her the past 4 days or so.
There was a lot of activity on 80 meters, but hard to find a CQ nor to get an answer to mine until I found and worked Walt AC8RG in Dayton, OH on 80. -30-
Tue Feb 23 2021 8:02PM - A good day today. I engaged in one of my favorite activities this time of year. What is that, you might ask? S#$w melting mixed with ice melting as well. It rose into the mid-upper 40s today and probably reduced the s#$w cover to less than 50%, if not more. Tomorrow's predicted high in the low 50s should take care of even more of the cover. Ain't it great!!!!
My streak QSO came via my CQ tonight when Jim K8MPH answered me and we chatted for some 20 minutes with steady signals just about the whole time.
Not much else going on today worth mentioning. -30-
Mon Feb 22 2021 7:26PM - A bit hard getting a QSO this evening, but I made it after 9 minutes of searching. Actually, I guess 9 minutes can't be considered hard. Anyway, I worked an old FISTS member John K8JD. His FISTS number is 3853, and mine is 2002. So we've been FISTS members a long time now. I think I joined around 1995 if memory serves.
Not a lot happening again today. I did run my trains a little longer than usual. It was a nice weather day with a high in the 40s and quite a bit of s#$w melting along the way. -30-
Sun Feb 21 2021 7:11PM - Of course, once again the SST gave me a quick streak QSO from VE2FK on 40 meters. I never did get in the ARRL DX Contest beyond working IR2Q for the streak last evening. -30-
Sat Feb 20 2021 6:46PM - One of those days when little went right. Not only did I pass up a chance to do a tag team event in the ARRL DX Contest, but Jasmine was away with her family all day so I didn't get a chance to spend time with her. Oh well, there are days like that which sneak in from time to time. What's that saying, "The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley" Or in a little more detail, the full quote is "The best laid schemes of mice and men. Gang aft a-gley". Or to translate, the best laid plans of mice and men can still go wrong. No matter how well you plan, there is no guarantee of success. By the way "Gang aft-a-gley" means "goes wrong".
I wonder how my plans to get a DX QSO for my streak will go tonight. Maybe I'll just wind up with a rag chew like I did last night. I'll know in about 7 minutes.
One good thing today is that it is February 20. What's good about that, you ask. To my way of figuring from years of observations, this is the day or around the day when the altitude of the sun in the sky is high enough to produce enough heating of the ground to melt s#$w more readily, and when that happens, it is a great thing. -30-
Fri Feb 19 2021 7:49PM - I thought I'd get an easy DX streak QSO this evening, but none of the DX I called were hearing me. So, I found another station on 20 calling a regular CQ and called him and had a nice rag chew with Allan in OR on 20 meters. Probably the first rag chew I've had with someone in Oregon in many a moon.
Another good day today. I actually thought kindly of snow today when I was out helping Jasmine shovel it and some ice off her sidewalk.
To close today, here's an excerpt from the email I talked about in yesterday's diary entry:
Writing to compliment you on your website.
I was into CW simply because at the time I did a lot of HF operating I
was licensed as a Technician and that was the only way to go AND I did
not have power/high-long antenna capability.
10 meters was memorable because of the contacts out of Europe using a
1/2 wave horizontal dipole during the sunspot maximum. You could tell
the Eastern Europe operators at times because of the instability of the
signal (warble) when they keyed code. But, it was all about making the
contact that counted.
Steve Lapinskas KA1JJA
Nashua, New Hampshire
And that's it for another diary entry. -30-
Thu Feb 18 2021 7:32PM - A good day, but quiet compared to the busy day yesterday. My streak QSO this evening was from a DX station on 40 meters. I worked ZF9CW fairly easily. He worked a couple other stations before getting me on a single call. I imagine he is setting up for the ARRL DX Contest this weekend. I won't be doing much in the contest here as I have some other things planned which hopefully will work out. I will try to get in some QSOs though just to keep in practice working DX. HI
I got a nice email about the diary and the web site from Steve KA1JJA. I emailed him back to ask if he wouldn't mind if I used the email in the diary, but I haven't heard back from him yet. If he does give permission, I will post it as soon as I hear from him. -30-
Wed Feb 17 2021 6:10PM - Now here's Mike! Good evening everyone. This is a makeup day for John and I. We were scheduled to get together on Monday, but postponed it due to the winter storm that never arrived. Our plan was to visit the Best Buy in Monroeville, Pa. to see if my old Toshiba laptop could be repaired. Unfortunately it can't. I am impressed with the honesty of the Geek Squad mmember that helped me. She could have said yes we can fix it. But instead she gave me the option of installing a new hard drive and maybe having to come back because it may fail due to the age of the rest of the system. So I went to plan B. I only used this laptop for a interactive virtual cycling program called Zwift (check them out on YouTube). Plan B was to purchase a Apple TV Box. There is a app for Zwift on Apples App Store. I have been using my iPad Mini to run the program. The small screen makes for difficult veiwing. The Apple TV box will be conected to the 20" flat screen tv that I had connected to the old laptop via a HDMI cable. This will make my indoor cycle training much more enjoyable. Plus the gentleman who helped me find where the Apple TV box was located was very professional well. He helped John find the Apple iPhone display. Yes John is working on getting a cell phone. Oh the horror. Our QRP guru is coming of age mobile phone wise. Hi-Hi!!! I had asked the young man who helped John and I with our Apple questions if I needed a particular type of cable to connect to my tv. He said nope, any HDMI cable will work. He could have said yes I needed a particular cable. I am very impressed with the professionalism and honesty of the employees at the Monroeville Best Buy.
We also did some maintenance on Johns model railroad, tried our hand at a few computer games, and tried to find some DX just a while ago. And yes, we had a bite to eat. We both had he Pesto Vegetarian Sub from Vocelli's, only because it's Ash Wednesday. Thats all for me. CU next time. 73 de Mike KC2EGL.
Thanks for writing that, Mike. As far as the smart phone goes, I finally relented when Jasmine told me she thought I should get one a few weeks ago. She tutored me on hers and gave me a good idea of what I need to get, and then Mike pretty much fleshed out the items that she wasn't sure about during our visit today. I figure within a couple weeks I'll have one and then have to learn the finer points of using one. At least I'll have a close-by tutor. HI -30-
Tue Feb 16 2021 7:29PM - We really lucked out on the storm last night. The temperature rose to 32, then 33, then 34 just as the rain started to fall so we didn't get much freezing rain. There was some on things like railings and other objects in the air like that which were out in the open. It was only a glaze though. Some places in PA had up to almost an inch of ice, but strangely (fortunately) there wasn't much in the way of power outages like they got and are getting in TX. I heard one news story that said some 4 million homes are without power there.
Now we're getting ready for another round Thursday night. It looks like a snow only event here as of now. I hope so.
It should be a good day tomorrow with some sun and a temp in the mid 20s. Good for some running around with Mike to Best Buy and maybe elsewhere.
The bands were kind of cold tonight in conjunction with the weather, I guess. HI I heard very little activity outside the usual nets, but I did work W8VLN over in OH for the streak after about 10 minutes of looking. -30-
Mon Feb 15 2021 2:43PM - When Jasmine was here yesterday, we paused in our jigsaw work to take a picture of me in the shack to update the one on my home page from 2019 to 2021. Considering the old man she had as a subject, I think it came out very good, and I told her the exact same thing.
That's probably my entry for the day if nothing else exciting happens the rest of the day. We are under a winter storm warning tonight that includes some freezing rain with the prediction varying from 0.1 or less to 0.4 inches. Right now it's for around 0.1 inch. I guess we won't really know until it happens. -30-
Sun Feb 14 2021 7:42PM - I had a great Valentine's Day. I hope you did also. I could write a very long diary entry about today, but I'm not going to do that. Let's just say Jasmine and I had a good time working a jigsaw puzzle for a couple hours.
Of course the SST Sprint gave me a quick streak QSO from NJ8M out in KS on 80M.
It looks like yet another couple days of bad weather are coming. Hopefully after that, things will start to calm down again. -30-
Sat Feb 13 2021 7:48PM - A good day for a change here. The weather wasn't too bad. They were predicting some snow and maybe freezing drizzle which never materialized as far as I know. The temperature stayed in a very narrow range, 24 to 26 degrees. I think that's the narrowest range I've seen in my records. I don't think we ever had a one degree range in the some 22,600 days on which I've kept records. Wow, has it been that long!
I had a 36 minute rag chew with K4EJQ in TN for my streak QSO. I enjoyed that. We chatted about various subjects.
I gave a box of Valentine candy to my friend Jasmine today. I'm glad I have her to keep me young after reading my first paragraph above. HI. I also gave a box to the other ladies in the house. Hopefully tomorrow will be a jigsaw puzzle day with Jasmine. She seemed pretty sure about it today.
Hmmm, have you noticed that my good days are days that have something to do with Jasmine? Could that be more than a coincidence? HI. -30-
Fri Feb 12 2021 7:40PM - Even the weather is getting in a rut and depressing. At least it's not too bad, but the sameness is bad. And according to Penn State and other sources, it's going to continue for at least another week.
I worked my friend Jim K4WOP on 80 for my streak QSO. We discussed school and related matters for about 22 minutes. Copy was about 95 percent or so solid both ways. -30-
Thu Feb 11 2021 7:31PM - I had a nice chat with Michel VE2CW on 80M this evening for the streak QSO. There wasn't a lot heard on 80, but I caught Michel just as he was starting up at 0000Z. It was pretty much solid copy both ways for the whole 20 minute QSO. -30-
Wed Feb 10 2021 7:19PM - Yet another of those dull nothing days. When will they end? I hate having nothing to write about in the diary only slightly less than I hate having nothing actually happen. Sorry for being so depressing.
I got two QSOs this evening, both rather poor due to QSB and QRN, but good enough to keep the streak going anyway. -30-
Tue Feb 9 2021 7:32PM - Again not a lot going on today. I've got a little note here to remind me of our NAQCC sprint coming up in about an hour. I want to get on just long enough to get one QSO unless conditions are good enough to allow a lot of QRP signals to break through my noise. Meanwhile I had no trouble with Bill W9ZN breaking through as he was running a KW to an inverted L for my streak QSO a little while ago. -30-
Mon Feb 8 2021 7:50PM - A good day today. A quick QSO. Good weather. What more can you ask for? I'm feeling really up tonight after some down days.
Strangely I found a station calling CQ SST. He was either a day late, or there is a second SST. Let me see the WA7BNM Contest Calendar. There is a second one each week, but at 2000Z on Fridays if I read the listing correctly. So I guess the fellow I worked was confused. Anyway it was a QSO for the streak.
It was cold today, but still a nice day. A low of 10 and high of 28. Maybe it just felt good because we're getting nearer and nearer to that magic end of winter day on March 1. Also because it is now fairly bright as late as 6:00PM and beyond. Yes!
Also because I'll be seeing Mike next Monday for a trip to Best Buy. More about that later.
Last but not least, after a couple days of not seeing much of Jasmine because she was not feeling well, then being busy with chores, we had a brief time together today, and set up a tentative jigsaw working get together for Sunday the 14th. -30-
Sun Feb 7 2021 7:38PM - Another day with little happening. With the SST sprint or contest this evening it was a quick QSO even though I was watching the Super Bowl at the neighbors and didn't get to the shack till about quarter past seven. I called one station who didn't hear me, then called and worked K1BG in MA on 40. I still think I will get in the SST for the full hour some time and see what I can do. It reminds me of the old CD parties and the current NA QSO Parties which I liked very much. I just don't have the concentration or attention span to stick with contests now that I'm older. Well, except for the ARRL and CQ DX tests, that is. Mike and I plan to do a tag team effort in the ARRL DX later this month.
It was another fairly nice weather day today as have the majority of days this winter. It's going to be cold tonight though, dropping into the upper single digits above zero.
I'm just waiting for my laundry to finish as I'm typing. I kind of like getting it done on Sunday evening instead of Monday morning.
I forgot (I do that a lot now) to mention that Sirius is now rising right around 6:00PM which is another sign that winter is drawing to a close, thank goodness. -30-
Sat Feb 6 2021 7:24PM - I used the FOC QSO Party for my QSO this evening working N3RS on 80 meters.
Well, tomorrow marks the end of the first week of February which means only 3 weeks left in winter. Of course some years that has been when we had a very bad spell of winter weather. I don't have the figures at hand, but a few years ago in that period we had temperatures around -17 F on a couple occasions. And this coming weekend of the 13th we are supposed to have our first spell of below zero readings this winter. -30-
Fri Feb 5 2021 7:32PM - It took just a couple minutes to get my streak QSO tonight from AA9IK Joe in WI on 80 meters. Then we chatted 26 minutes with pretty much solid copy both ways.
It was cold up in WI at 8 degrees and going below zero overnight. Not so bad here as it's 29 now and maybe going down around 20. Best of all, no s#$w to speak of. However it looks like that Canadian freezer door is going to be opened next weekend and left open for a few days according to Penn State weather. It doesn't look like any accompanying s#$w to speak of though, and that's good. That should take us to and past mid-February which is good also. -30-
Thu Feb 4 2021 7:28PM - Another mid-winter doldrums days today. At least there was some Sun to keep it from being totally gloomy. I worked on indexing my digital photographs more today, and played some computer games. That really about sums it up, unfortunately.
It took about 10 minutes for my streak QSO this evening although the bands were pretty good. I worked N5JED in OH on 80 meters. -30-
Wed Feb 3 2021 8:11PM - I had a nice chat with W8VLN tonight for my streak QSO. Otherwise not a lot to talk about today. It was a nice day weatherwise with bright sunny skies to match my disposition today. Actually I did do something I've been putting off for a while. I shredded a lot of old bills that are no longer needed. Anybody need three bags of confetti? HI I also did some other cleaning up here and there. -30-
Tue Feb 2 2021 7:56PM - Punxsutawney Phil was not kind today, predicting 6 more weeks of winter, but I don't really care all that much. There's nothing I can personally do about it. I said that February would probably be cold since all that Arctic air up in Canada has just been sitting there getting colder and colder, and sometime Canada is going to release it and let it flow down here. The first flow is due this weekend with a low near zero Sunday night.
I was a little late getting to the shack, but still got a quick QSO from Steve W9IK on 80 meters.
Not a great overall day, but a good ending. Jasmine was busy with on-line school today and then some other chores until about 6:00 when we did get together for about 20 minutes and made some plans for some future projects like working a double-sided jigsaw puzzle, and taking a picture for my web site here to replace the one from 2019. -30-
Mon Feb 1 2021 7:27PM - Congratulations to W4DUK who is the winner of the ARRL Gift Certificate "raffle" drawing. The certificate will be in the mail as soon as weather permits getting to the PO.
This was pretty much a nothing day today. I did some sidewalk cleaning this morning with Jasmine. There wasn't school today after a s#$wfall during the night. But she was busy most of the day and that was the only time we got to spend together.
We might get another snowfall during the night and we'll see what that brings for tomorrow. We'll also have to see what the groundhog brings for tomorrow, if anything at all. Hopefully an early end to winter.
I had a nice chat tonight with W3ZT up in NY who was using an old vintage homebrew rig. I think he said it used a 47 osc and a 210 final if I remember the numbers correctly. It sounded good with just a tad of unstability. The osc ran all the time and only the final was keyed so that helped keep it stable. -30-