After a rainy start, it turned out to be a gorgeous Spring day. It was sunny and it was nice and warm, despite a stiff breeze. I was able to get to the car at lunchtime and worked two Swedish stations, SM5IMO and SM4NGT on 15 meters and IK2CIO on 12 Meters. The nice thing about operating at lunchtime here, is that at that time, most of Europe is done with the work day and there are lots of stations on the air. They get to relax and enjoy their evening, and I get some good DX.
Thanks to a comment from Kelly WB0WQS, I am taking another close look at LOG4OM. I tried this a couple years ago and was having severe problems getting it to run properly on my computer. They must have made a bunch of improvements, or maybe it's that the laptop I am using now is a better platform than what I had before. Whatever the reason, I downloaded it again tonight and installed it. It's working very well and for now? Let's say I am intrigued. It has most of the bells and whistles that are part of better logging programs these days. It is powerful with CAT, Cluster management and all the other "necessary" stuff. It's free and it's easy on the eyes.
Here's an announcement that I saw in an e-mail today. This looks way cool and is going to get me to try and get back in the swing with my bug (pun intended!):
W6SFM On-Air BUG ROUNDUP - Saturday May 17th 2014
This 12-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a time dedicated to celebrating our CW and Bug key heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs using a Bug style key as the sending instrument. There are no points scored in this event, and all who participate are winners.
Once the event has concluded, logs can be submitted to the W6SFM by way of the link provided on the clubs Bug Roundup web page. Nominal prizes/certificates will be awarded to: the person who had the most QSOs during the 12 hour period; and the person who worked the most interesting amount of bug types.
Bands (Suggested Freq.)
10 meters - 28.040 - 28.050 MHz
15 meters - 21.040 - 21.050 MHz
20 meters - 14.040 - 14.050 MHz
40 meters - 7.040 - 7.050 MHz
80 meters - 3.540 - 3.550 MHz
W6SFM Bug Roundup is held twice annually.
- Every 3rd Saturday in May from 1700 UTC though Sunday 0500 UTC
- Every 3rd Saturday in November from 1800 UTC through Sunday 0600 UTC
Thank you for your participation and we hope you enjoy the event. 73
For more information on this exciting event please visit the W6SFM Bug Roundup website page by clicking HERE (http://www.w6sfm.com/Bug_Roundup.html)
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!