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N4A Treasure – 2007 IOTA NA Expedition Plaque Arrives

In the post on Monday was an unexpected surprise, the 2007 IOTA N4A Expedition plaque.

The RSGB Plaque from N4A win in the 2007 IOTA NA Low Power Expedition class

Love it. I might even let N4YDU have it. Or at least send him the link to the photo.

2008 CQ WW DX CW

This is a contest that I like, but usually miss because Thanksgiving weekend is usually booked solid with other activities. But there were a couple of open hours both Saturday and Sunday evenings, so the K2 went out for another spin. RX conditions seemed good, despite a cold front and line of showers in the area. Propagation was about what is expected at the bottom of the cycle, fairly crappy.

On 20m, I never heard any SP’s, and the few DL’s I could heard were very weak. Even allowing for the time of day, that was a bit unusual.

There were a bunch of JA’s on 20m Saturday night, but they could not hear me on either the dipole or the 160m inv-L. They were not very strong on my poor antennas, but there was little QSB, and they were easy copy.

I used the packet cluster again, since I was just dorking around. There was good copy on stuff I have not heard in a couple of years, but had trouble hearing the DL’s, and I never heard anything from Poland. Worked an F6 on 40m, but never heard any on 20m. The AL’s were S9+ just after local sunset on Sunday night, right before the JA’s started popping up on the packet cluster. Despite a ton of JA spots Sunday night, none were as easy to copy here as the hand full I heard Saturday night. Heard weak ZL’s working the west coast, but they never came up […]

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