The annual Freeze Your Butt Off contest, which is sponsored by the Arizona ScQRPions is this Saturday. QRPers are very familiar with this Wintertime outdoor QRP operating event. The lower the temperature at your operating position, the higher your multiplier, and hence, the higher your score. Your reward for braving the outdoors during the coldness and enduring the misery.
For the last three weeks in New Jersey, I think it has gone above the freezing mark of 32F (0C), maybe once. We have been in the deep freeze for a while now. So what's the forecast for FYBO day? Rain and 45F (7C). Compared to the last three weeks, it's going to feel like Springtime! Of course, there's no multiplier given for enduring wet, sloppy conditions. So if it's pouring, I guess I'll give it a go from indoors, and save my KX3 from making like a duck.
I guess I should keep my mouth shut and not complain, but couldn't the thaw come the day AFTER the FYBO Sprint? I'm just a giver of points, but it would be nice to have the bigger multiplier so I could at least halfway compete with the Big Boys! ;)
I took the plunge and ordered the Begali Simplex Mono tonight with the palladium base, and the gold contacts (30 Euros extra). I did not get the key engraved with my callsign. I was tempted, but I wanted to keep the price down as much as I could. I figured that going with the gold contacts was the better option for more reliable keying. Function over form, I guess. I am really excited now and am looking forward to finally having a Begali key. This is something I have wanted for a long time, but could never bring myself to actually purchase until now.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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