Thursday, June 23, 2011


I was tuning around 40 Meters after a hard day at work, itching for a ragchew.  Then on 7.033 MHz, I heard John W3FSA calling CQ.  He was a strong 599, so I gave him a call.  To my delight, he heard me and came back to me, giving me a 559 report.

John lives up in Bethel, Maine; but was at his second home near Portland, near the coast.  John was also using a K2 at 5 Watts; but he had a big advantage over me.  His G5RV was up 50 feet, probably in some of those really tall Maine pine trees.   My EDZ is only at the 25 foot level.

W3FSA courtesy of QRZ.

Anyway, we were having a nice conversation when it happened ......... rumbles of thunder.  That meant on the next go round I had to let John know I was pulling the plug - pronto.  'Twas a darn shame, as it was a nice QSO.

However, safety first - always!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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