I had two very nice DX QSOs during lunch today. These were not "UR 599 TU 73" QSOs, nor were they exactly ragchews. But they were a nice change of pace from the typical "wham, bam, thank you Ma'am" kind of micro-QSOs that seem to be so prevalent these days.
The first was with Vic SM7ZDI who answered my CQ on 18.086 MHz. Vic was using a Yaesu FT-1000D at 100 Watts to a Windom. He had a good 569 signal and gave me the same. Vic told me that it was about 8C (46F) in Sweden. I was very grateful for the 65F (18C) that we had today, when I had heard that.
My next QSO was on 20 Meters and this time I was the one answering the CQ - that of Bob, G3PJT. Bob hails from Cambridge and was using his brand new KX3! I was his second QSO and he sounded great. His antenna was a 3 element Yagi up about 17 Meters. Bob was telling me that he also has a K3, so he's quite familiar with the Elecraft line. It was cool being his second QSO and providing him with a 2X KX3 QRP QSO, to boot.
It was fun having a "normal", unhurried QSOs with two new Ham friends from outside the US. If only they were ALL like this!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!