It was a beautifully sunny day here in NJ, with warm temperatures. I did get a chance to get out to the Jeep during lunch and did set up the Hamstick and PFR3A. I didn't work anyone; but I did hear Paul WØRW/PM working KM6Z on 20 Meters around 1700 UTC. I called Paul after their QSO was over; but he didn't come back to me; so either he QRT'ed or didn't hear me (way more likely).
I did call CQ for a bit before heading back in. Not so much with any expectation of getting answered (you never know); but I did want to see if I was picked up by the Reverse Beacon Network. Sure enough, WE4S down in Georgia heard me calling CQ at 8dB above the noise level. Not ear crushing; but at least I know I was getting out.
I bought these really inexpensive earbuds at the A&P to stick in the backpack for use with the PFR3A. They're called Rock Candy earbuds and they're made by Mizco. They cost me all of $4.99.
They're very comfortable and they're quite loud! They deliver more sound than my Sony earbuds that I was using. In fact, with the Sony earbuds, I had to use a Boosteroo audio amplifier and set PFR3A's volume control at the max to get decent sound levels. Today, I was able to turn the volume on the PFR3A almost all the way down; and there was still more than enough volume. Tomorrow, when I go grocery shopping, I plan to pick up another set or two; just to have in reserve.
Keep in mind that on Sunday, is the launch of iHAB7, the latest effort by the Iowa High Altitude Balloon project. There will be a 40 Meter beacon on 7.028 MHz. Launch is at 1600 UTC.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!