One of the most helpless feelings in radio is knowing that stations are out there, on the air, that you’d like to contact, but you aren’t in front of a radio. That’s the sinking feeling I get when I’m at work, 20 minutes away from home, and I check the Sked Page and see rare states like North Dakota or Wyoming handing out signal reports.
That’s precisely what happened today. Wyoming hung in there for several hours but I just missed him as it was nearly 7 p.m. when I finally arrived home. I messaged both he and the gentleman from North Dakota and we’ve hopefully setup a scheduled contact for later this week.
Anyway, I managed to clear two more stations tonight: Arkansas on CW, and South Dakota on SSB.
W5JAY was managing a “pile-up” of DX stations who wanted him on the JT modes. I waited a time with patience and he got around to me and we had a textbook CW QSO on 17 meters.
While I was waiting, W0VD wanted to attempt a code QSO with me on 15M and 80M. It was a rough contact in both cases owing to QSB and strange propagation. We completed the 15M contact and while I could hear his 1000 watts of power on 80M, he couldn’t hear my meager 100.
I worked IK2WZM once again, this time on RTTY, then broke for dinner.
Coming back into the shack, I noticed K0JV was still on and he graciously agreed to give 20 meters a shot with me. I’ve tried QSOs with him several times over the past few days with no luck. Conditions weren’t much better tonight, but he copied me and we exchanged 33 signal reports. His signal seemed to come up to 35, while mine apparently went down. At any rate, it was enough to get in his log and we’ve already QSLed. That was a contact two years in the making!
I noticed W8LMG (West Virginia) and KG3BOZ (Maryland) on 40 meters and both were booming. I mentioned it on the K3UK board and they invited me into the QSO. We all logged each other and I called it a night.
With any luck I will be able to pick up Wyoming on CW and North Dakota on digital this week. That leaves some easy grabs on CW and one phone contact to complete the triple play. Delaware! Nebraska! Where are y’all hiding?