'Twas as busy today as I thought it would be. I got the Jeep serviced as planned - that took a couple of hours. Then as mentioned, I went "canning" for the Knights of Columbus Council that I belong to. Every final weekend in April we collect for citizens with mental disabilities. Over the past few years, our Council has been able to donate about $10,000 each year to three local schools that assist these folks.
So I stood in front of the local 7-11 in town from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the cause. It was in the mid 50s and was quite breezy at times. I was dressed warmly; but that breeze, when it hits just right, can go right through you. The fact that I was under an overhang, in the shade and out of the direct sunlight didn't help matters. At times, I felt like a pitcher on Opening Day, blowing into my hands, trying to keep my fingers from going numb. When I turned the can (a large Folger's coffee can) in back at the Council, I didn't hang around to find out how much I collected. The can was almost full, though, so there HAD to be over $100. People continue to be generous, even with a dismal economy.
On the way home, I picked up a sub sandwich for lunch, which I shared with my two kids. Then I had a momentous decision to make. Was I going to head back outdoors for QRPTTF? A bit tired and cold already- I have to say that I wussed out, guys! I stayed indoors and operated as a Home Station for about an hour before heading out to do the grocery shopping (A Ham's work is NEVER done!).
In that hour, I worked 17 stations. One of them was a SOTA station. I didn't work any of the Florida QRP Stations, even though according to the QRPTTF rules, they would have counted.
20 Meters had the most activity; but the QSB was a roller coaster. A station that was 599 one second, disappeared the next second. You would wonder where he went to; only to hear him 599+ the next second!
I worked a few stations on 40 Meters including my good bud, Bob W3BBO, and I managed to snag a couple of station on 15 Meters too.
I sure hope everyone had a lot of fun. From the looks of it, Jim W1PID (on of my role models) sure had a lot of fun.
Since the contest officially lasts until 11:00 PM EDT, I think I'll head back down to the shack to see if I can't pick out a few more to add to my total of 17. Maybe 20M will still be open long enough to pick up some West Coast stations.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!