WB2AWQ - HOWIE
Well still not back in a full routine yet with the XYL still needing substantial attention following her long illness, but I had a decent time in February. (CX was one day after my birthday, so it was a nice present.) No sparks, arcing, or fried spiders this year as I have actually been on the air occasionally, enough to keep things free of cobwebs.
Surprisingly, in spite of some zero sunspot numbers, activity on 20 was up from some prior years. 9 stations graced the log before I moved to 40M. Jim W8ZR had his legendary FPM 200, which showed an amazingly clean note. Nice cleanup, but I miss the “distinctive” sound of yore, Jim! Maybe the Drake amp cleaned the signal up????
40M was a disappointment, and I probably should have gone back to 20M, but did manage three contacts there.
80M proved good, with 9 stations worked, and I waS using my current favorites, the GO-9 and HRO/BC348 receivers. Standout QSO’s were Mario N2AK with a Stancor ST-202A, and the mil to mil QSO with Perry W8AU, who was using the classic WW2 setup TCS RX & TX. Ya gotta love relay keying, the radio literally bouncing on the desktop from the relay slamming back and forth at 25 WPM…….I wonder how many TCS units are still on the air?
Drake was the clear winner in popularity this year, with Heath a distant second. So many B and C line radios still chugging along.
Looking forward to the Fall CX, hope to see you all there!
WB2AWQ CLASSIC EXCHANGE LOG JAN 25/26, 2009
DTG Z CALL BAND HIS RST MY RST QTH NAME HIS RIG
252005 W5GW 20 559 549 TX GARY MOD ICOM756 PRO2
2020 W8ZR 579 599 NJM JIM FPM200, L4B
2030 W7ZI 539 559 OR MIKE RANGER, 2B
2045 W8TM 589 599 OH PAUL SB301, SB401
2055 W4KD 569 579 DAVE TS820S AGE 93
2118 N5AIT 559 569 KY AL LYSCO TRANSMASTER 600, 2B
2145 K7FD 579 589 OR JOHN T4XB, R4B
2155 K7NTW 589 589 WA ROGER 2C, 2NT
2203 W8KGI 339 559 NM JIM AF67, NC303
2315 W8TM 40 589 569 OH PAUL SB301, SB401
2335 W4BOH 559 559C NC WC COLLINS 310B, R4C
2350 N2CFD 599 599 NJ RICH MOD
260014 N2AK 80 589 569 NJ MARIO OMNI C
0018 K4BSK 569 579 NC EARL DRAKE TR3
0029 K4SPO 579 569 KY PAUL APACHE, SX101
0035 W3ZT 559 599 NY JOEL STANCOR 202A, 75A4
0045 N2AK 569 589 NJ MARIO CORSAIR
0048 W8AU 579 579 OH PERRY TCS12 PAIR
0102 N2AK 569 589 NJ MARIO ARGOSY
0105 KG0LD 559 559 NC BRUCE T4X, R4B
0110 K4UTJ 589 589 VA TOM B&W 5100B, 2B
0116 K3KYR 549 459 NY JEFF DX60, HQ140X
0121 K9VKY 559 449 PA BRIAN 32V2, 75A2
Kenwood TW-440S (25 years X 2),
Yaesu FT-101ZD 30 years X 2),
Heath SB-102 (35 years X 2) 40M:
Navigator (57 yrs), NC-125 (57 yrs)
GO-9 (69 yrs),
BC-348 (66 yrs),
HRO (69 yrs),
SX-101A (60 yrs)
Score: 21 CX QSO's X 489 = 10,269