My CW Q count pinged 10,000 plus as a result of last weekend in the SL pilot seat. I've waited for this magic moment for a few years because the milestone is an effort between two types of antenna systems, a significant difference in effective radiated power, and a difference between signal launch locations.
Virtues of Low Power, Low Profile
The one constant within the group of variables is the operator. One can change stations, antenna systems, and location in contrast skill set is as important if not more important than hardware including location. Then, when skill set like learning to listen when searching and logging or experiencing gray line to maximize rate combines with hardware and location, one's RadioSport results begin improving.
Essentially, the hours spent inside the cans with my vertical sandwiched between two condominiums and radiating less than 100 watts, paid RadioSport dividends coming off of CQ WPX CW.
Likewise, there exists the gratitude curve and with a cloud of aluminum in the air juiced by an Alpha 89 linear amplifier to include a competitive grade transceiver, one is grateful after learning how to endure the most difficult of operating conditions.
Lastly, I'm grateful for this opportunity and for the moment when Dick Norton, N6AA visited our local hamfest in Santa Maria suggesting that I seek out guest operating. At that precise second, John Baer, W6SL arrived at the table while Dick and I chatted about what it takes to get inside the Box. It was then that John invited me to his station on the hill overlooking the Five Cities.
Life is wireless.
P.S. Tomorrow morning the Beach Boys Amateur Radio Club begins positioning antenna systems for Field Day.