Yesterday, and again this morning, I have been trying to work my friend Bob W3BBO in the Pennsylvania QSO Party. You would think that between Erie, PA and Central NJ, either 40 Meters or 80 Meters would be a sure thing, right?
I keep Bob's call listed in HamAlert so I know that when he's on. He was spotted multiple times on 40 Meters yesterday and 80 Meters AND 40 Meters this morning. Every time I run downstairs when I get notice of a spot, I tune on or close to the frequency that he's been spotted on - nothing. Can't hear a peep. I'll betcha a dollar to a donut that were he to switch to 20 Meters, somehow I'd be able to hear him - which goes against all logic as far as I'm concerned.
While listening for Bob, I was hearing a lot of SKCC stations on the air. I am guessing that this week is the SKCC Weekend Sprint. I'll have to dust off the ol' bug and practice with it, off the air, and maybe join in and work a few next month. I would try today, but straight key sending is holy terror on my wrist and my bug sending would send folks running for the hills swearing to "Never work that W2LJ guy again!"
Speaking of upcoming events, this made it to QRP-L this past week. Notice of the 2020 Zombie Shuffle:
Zombies and Zombettes:
That time of the year again. The 23rd Annual Zombie Shuffle QRP whatever-it-is will be held Friday, October 30, 2020 from 1600 to midnight YOUR LOCAL TIME. This should allow for a little 20M at the beginning before forced to 40 or 80M.
Rules are here: http://www.zianet.com/qrp/ZOMBIE/pg.htm
Pretty much the same ole malarky QRP fun that is senseless and pointless with ridiculous scoring for getting on the air and working a few fellow QRP Zombies.
Bonus stations this year will be sending "2020" as their Zombie Number for an even bigger score and additional multipliers. We'd like to see Bonus Stations in the East, Midwest, West and VE. So, if you're planning on operating for an hour or two and want to be one of the coveted Bonus Stations, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you've never participated in the Zombie Shuffle, give it a try. Just some silly Halloween fun to work some fellow QRP stations. Not a high speed QRQ contest; stations will match your speed if you're a bit rusty or new to CW.
We'll never have a more Zombie year than 2020!!! :-(
72, Paul NA5N
Grand Zombie #004/2020
AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH !!!!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least