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Congrats to N4YDU

I just took another look at the 2008 ARRL DX CW scores. My friend Nate, N4YDU placed 3rd in the southeast region, SOAB-LP. That’s outstanding. I know he’s doing it with elbow grease, because his station is nearly as antenna challenged as my own. There are no 90 foot towers over there either. It looks like some of the new wires he’s hung in his trees worked out.

There is also no denying the man is a CW QSO machine. Good deal Nate!

Visit with EA5DFV

On the day of July 5th, NT4D and I got the chance to spend a bit of time with Jose, EA5DFV. Jose was here on holiday for a visit to his family members, and had taken the time to contact some of the local NC hams who were in his contest logs. NT4D offered Jose a ride to the PVRC/NC meeting, and off we went.

It was very interesting hearing Jose’s stories about his station, and the problems unique to operating from Europe. Jose is a SSB contester, and will be hosting the 20m phone station for Spain’s IARU HQ operation as AM5HQ. He joked that he was really here to “spy” on the W1AW/4, as he was able to meet many of the people who will be operating the US HQ station from NC this year.

Hams are often some of the nicest people I meet. Jose is certainly one of them.

Hey, Jose! One more meeting and you can become a member of PVRC!