So tonight on 40m CW, 7.001, after several tries….I finally made contact with the 8P9AE at 0525 UTC!! This is the first contact I’ve made since coming back from my 2 year hiatus from Amateur Radio and I cannot be more thrilled!
Find out more about the 8P9AE DXpedition to Barbados at http://www.dl7df.com/8p9
As I’m sitting here typing this, I have been working for awhile to contact 8P9AE in Barbados. Working this DXpedition would have been a great way to kick things off.
Unfortunately, I’m not having any luck. With the distance, my antenna situation, and band conditions on 40m tonight, it probably won’t happen.
At least I heard them, and I’ll be back to work more DX another day. So, let me just say kudos to DL7DF and the crew for doing so much work to make 8P9AE happen for so many hams all over the world. Check out the official website of the DXpedition here.
I got lucky and found a gallon zip lock bag crammed full of electronic components at a flea market recently for $2.00. I grabbed it instantly, but that might have been a mistake, because now I have a craving to build a simple 40m CW QRP transceiver, which doesn’t really play along very well with my core philosophy to keep things simple.
So, I’m looking for a good project. I thought about a Rockmite, a Pixie, things like that. I’m scouring the Web for schematics. I can’t find my soldering iron and solder. I don’t want to buy a ready-to-build kit because I’m confident I can put the parts together myself and do it much less expensively.
If anyone has a recommendation for a good project, feel free to offer it in the comments. If I get into this, I’ll post updates as I go.
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My name is John, and I am a licensed Amateur Radio operator. My callsign is AE5AN. I have been a licensed ham since 1992.
The creation of this new blog marks my reentry into the hobby of Amateur Radio after a 2 year hiatus. My plan is to make regular posts about my experiences in operating and keeping ham radio simple and exciting.
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John – AE5AN