My XYL and I went for a tour to York England yesterday it was raining in the morning before our trip but that was the end of it. We had a very nice but overcast day....apparently this is great weather according to Julie for picture taking. (480 pictures were taken) York is a very historic city with buildings from the 1400's and churches that date back to early 600 A.D. Our big event of the day was the visit to York Minster Church. We were touring this magnificent Church for hours and Julie had a good workout with her camera there. We ended out trip by having high tea at Betty's and from there it was some more picture taking then back home on the train to Yarm. So what does the above have to do with contesting you ask......well nothing really.....but when we got home to Yarm it was time to get on the Elecraft KX1 and throw the Miracle whip antenna in action. This weekend is the CQ WW WPX CW contest. When operating portable like I am I find that contests weekends are the best for making contacts. There are thousands of contesters out there all listening for signals as they call "CQ CONTEST". Here in England I found the conditions on 20m to be just fine considering the propagations reports saying things were
poor. It was a challenge using the KX1 in a contest as the filtering is not that of the K3 that is at home. This contest was interesting I did not have the computer and it's contesting programs. Everything was manual from logging, tuning, sending the serial numbers to tracking dupes. I was very tired and was only on for 45 minutes. I did not do to bad with only using 3 watts and the Miracle whip antenna I made 16 contacts giving points away.