Would the random wire perform? What about propagation? The KA3DRR signal departed California without delay for an unscheduled arrival somewhere on the Hawaiian Island chain. Morse code music filled my ears and the KH6 copied my 25-watt transmission. Propagation numbers solidly suggested less than ideal conditions (i.e. SFI: 85; A: 26; K: 2). On the other hand, the determined low-powered signal bounced across the Pacific probably surprising the KH6 operator as well. If I smiled perhaps he smiled too. We exchanged traditional information such as RST, QTH, and name through QSB conditions.
The remainder of the weekend involved the art of listening especially for the BS7H expedition to Scarborough Reef. The Florida QSO party rose just above the noise floor on 20-meters. I heard a few and worked none such is propagation. A pile-up on 30-meters on Saturday evening grabbed my attention. Was it BS7H? The spotting cluster raged with cluster bites while I spun the FT100 dial hunting for the BS7H signal. I'm watching the 'A' in propagation.
A round of random wire modifications is complete. KA3DRR will run the antenna later this week and measure its performance. And, I made my first contact on 17-meters Friday evening scoring KH6 for the log, right on. Likewise, the joy of amateur radio keeps giving in immeasurable ways. My best to all those operators who filled bandwidth at the bottom of the solar cycle!
73 from the shack.
WM7D's Solar Resource Page, (2007). Retrieved on April 29, 2007 from http://www.wm7d.net/hamradio/solar/index.shtml.
Scarborough Reef, (2007). The April 2007 Expedition to Scarborough Reef Retrieved on April 29, 2007 from http://www.scarboroughreef.com/.