Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I'm not counting it

Nasty pileup on 30 Meters tonight to work KG4NL out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I'm pretty sure I snared him; but I can't be 100% sure. He was operating at about 10.108 MHz and was listening up 1. There were so many inexperienced pile up ops calling on the listening frequency, that it was at times impossible to tell who he was answering. One of those times, I could swear that he came back to W2LJ; but not enough to bet the farm on it. And since QRP DXCC is done via the Honor System (no QSLs required) I will not include him on my list of DXCC entities worked; as I am just not sure. If he shows up in eQSL or LOTW, then that will be another matter altogether.

Add to that the idiots who feel they have to police the frequency sending "UP" and "LID". Anyone who sends "LID" is obviously one him or herself! I would hazard a guess that the guys sending "UP" think they are being helpful; but in reality they only make things worse.

Now it's time for the 20 Meter Tuesday night QRP Foxhunt to begin; but I am seeing bright flashes of lightning out the window and am hearing rolls of thunder. I guess we are having an official heatwave here in NJ with the third day of 90+ temperatures; and boomers are bound to happen. So it's time to unplug the antennas and read a book for a while before turning in.

73 de Larry W2LJ

Postscript: There's a saying in New Jersey ...... "If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes!" For good measure I waited for ten. No flashes of lightning and no thunder; and two Fox pelts in the bag! Now I'm ready for that book. This was a nice way to end the evening radio-wise after the Gitmo debacle.


  1. Congrats Larry....caught ET a little after 10pm but heard nothing from John.

    My friend in the next city here did the same. Must be something to do with the valley location.

  2. You can always email N2NL with the email address on his QRZ page and ask if you are in his log.