Monday, April 17, 2017

Some DX contacts today.

I had some spare time today  and was able to get on the radio! Over the past month or so it has been lots of work and no time to play radio. Today while on 20m CW  I was able to snag HA7GN from Hungary, IQ0PG from Italy I was given special report number of UN90ARI1.  According to their site this qualifies me for there ARI 90 years award. The last contact of the day was IO0MDC again from Italy and this call was in celebration of 20 years for the Mediterraneo DX club. I was thrilled with
these short contacts and I really was only on for about 20 min's. On a side note.........I have posted in the past that I am the proud owner of an Elecraft K-pod. This thing works great and is a great asset to the shack. It has 8 programmable push buttons, at my age I loose track of what is on what button! I came up with an idea of adding some magnetic strips with the naming of each of the buttons. Since they are magnetic I can remove them when the button macro has been changed or rearrange them if need be.

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  1. Nice work Mike. I know what you mean about too busy working to get on the radio. A few DX contacts is all it takes to get those juices flowing and reminding why we love this hobby so much. I had a similar experience on the weekend after a week or so away from the radio when on a quiet 17M band I stumbled upon Hawaii and got them (KH7XS) after only only a couple of tries. I went full 5W as I didn't want a pileup to start and I'd be lost in the dust. Nice work!

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    1. Good evening Scott, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It's so true that once you get on the air and back into the swing of things the excitement is back.
      73,
      Mike

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  2. Hi Mike, nice catch on 20m with CW. I am active too with CW lately. Keep up the skills. ;-) 73 Paul PC4T

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  3. Good morning Paul, it feels great to be getting back into the groove of things again.
    73,
    Mike

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  4. Thanks for the suggestion of magnetic paper for the kpod labels....i am getting bored of removing normal sticky labels!

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    1. Your welcome and it works great I found the magnets I used just fit nicely between the buttons. You can trim the magnets so they are not as tight between the buttons.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
      73,
      Mike

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