Sunday, June 10, 2012

VHF+ QSO Party

It was a good weekend for working some VHF stations.  Conditions were favorable and I made my 1st contact in Colorado :)  That's the furtheest west I've ever talked on 6m!

I also was just messing around with 6m PSK and started talking for the very 1st time with another local ham - that was pretty good fun as well.

You know, there are just so many different ways to make a contact in the hobby.  So many folks with different preferences - it's just great!  I've got my buddies who like their 2m repeaters, others who love CW (and QRP at that!), some who just like working PSK and other digital modes, even some who are into VH packet!  That's what I call variety!

Though I don't work HF all the time, I do like PSK contacts there.  Since my station is a "barefoot" config, I know I can't compete with legal-limit folks for breaking pileups.  It's just good to work someone, somewhere.

Which brings me to the current status of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC) June - contact a day challenge.  So far, I have managed to make a contact every day and am really hopeful that the trend will continue!  It's kind of fun and there is more pressure to it than I thought there might be.  Making a contact is one of the first things I'm concerned about every morning until the contact is made.  Then I can concentrate on other things.  Until then, however, I am constantly thinking of how I can just get a quick QSO "in the log" :)  PSK is a good friend for that, there is ALWAYS someone on 20m giving out a CQ.

73 de KJ4WLH

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