I went out to the Jeep today during lunch. The parking lots are clear, but there is snow, snow everywhere! Big heaping mounds of it.
Anyway, I had my cell phone on, and lo and behold, both K5P and VP8STI were spotted all over the place. A lot of good it did me. I couldn't hear either DXpedition well, on ANY band they were spotted. And sadly, that's the way it's been for me for the entirety of the K5P DXpedition. Today on 15 Meters - the reports were "Booming In!" and "Loud", and I got all stoked - only to hear them at about 0.5,0.5,9. They were so weak as to be unworkable. VP8STI? I heard them decently well for the first time on 20 Meters yesterday afternoon at home. They were all of about 559 to me. With the pileup wide, wild and wacky, I didn't even see the point of throwing my hat in the ring. I was too tired after all the snow shoveling anyway, so if that removes me from the ranks of avid DXers, so be it.
I decided to go to 20 Meters and call CQ near the QRP watering hole. I was answered by Will K9FO who was a solid 599. I got the same report in return. Just as I was ready to settle in for a nice lunchtime QSO, the Propagation Princess threw a hissy fit and destroyed what could have been a really nice 2X QRP conversation. On the next go round, I had QSB'ed so badly that Will had flipped on the afterburners (all the way to 100 Watts) so that I could hear him come back to me. And I did, but just barely. I had gone nil to him. And thus ended another potentially nice QSO.
Stupid Propagation Princess. What do I have to do, ply her with flowers and chocolates?
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!