"Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger - sometimes you're the ball".
"Sometimes you're the windshield - sometimes you're the bug".
"Sometimes you eat the bear - sometimes the bear eats you".
It appears that I was on the short end of the stick tonight. I was trying to work Don NK6A in CA on the 40 Meter QRP-L Fox Hunt. Charles W2SH, who lives eight miles away from me was successful - good for him! For me, Don was at best a 229. Very weak and lots of QRM to boot. What a difference eight miles and some extra added elevation (plus the fact that Charles is a much higher skilled op than me) can make!
So I thought I'd flick on over to QRPSPOTS and at least see where K6JSS/7 in Arizona was operating. 10.106 - 10.107 MHZ and I could not hear a thing! If Tom AC7A was on the air; I sure wasn't able to hear him. I hope this weekend is successful. I have no illusions that I will work all 50 K6JSS stations; but I don't want to go down so early in the count! Tom mentioned that due to the ARRL DX Contest this weekend that K6JSS/7 might stay mainly on the WARC bands. Maybe I'll have better luck on 17 Meters this coming Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
On the logging front ..... I have left AC Log behind and an now using Ham Radio Deluxe exclusively. I have not mastered it by any stretch of the imagination, but have figured out most of the ins and outs of the program. I don't use the rig control features (yet), or hardly any of the bells and whistles, but I like how the program looks and works. And I also like that I can grow into this program and who knows, maybe a year or two down the road, I just might use the features I am not using presently. Now, is that a ringing endorsement, or what?
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!