When I first started out this week, I had no idea what it would turn into. All I did was work some stations on Wednesday evening, then got on every night. By the time the SKCC WES was over, I thought “Ya know, I’ve worked most of the week already. Why not try for a whole month?” So far, it’s not been nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Propagation has been difficult some days, like on Tuesday, but then all of a sudden, 40m opened up to OH allowing AA8KY and I to exchange an honest 579/599.
I can tell that my ragchew skills are beginning to improve little by little. By sending simple statements about my station, such as “PWR 5W 5W BT ANT INV V 20FT INV V 20FT”, I prompt the other operator to share things about their station. I do like to hear what the other person’s antenna is and I imagine that the person on the other end of the circuit enjoys it as well. For instance, George NA9E sent me END FED 200FT. Who wouldn’t want to brag a bit about that?