Tonight I pulled my first stint as an 80 Meter Fox. Conditions were strange. Loudest signals were heard from the Midwest - Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota. Usually on 80 Meters, the louder stations are from the South - Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Not so tonight. I did work a fair share of stations from those states; but they were not as loud as I have grown accustomed to.
The pelt count was not great and I called "CQ FOX" a lot. It's definitely more fun handing out pelts than calling CQ. Also, listening for weak stations with the AGC off for an hour and a half is probably not the best thing for the ears, either - but it beats a day at work any day! What's that old QRPers saying ???? "A bad day behind the radio is better than a good day at work."
My next stint is a Tuesday in early January. In fact it's the Tuesday after my surgery which was scheduled for January 7th. I am hoping that with the colder Winter weather that's undoubtedly coming, that better conditions on 80 Meters will be coming also.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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