Monday, 20 April 2015
Not Much Contest Activity
There was lots of traffic calling for the Michigan and Nebraska QSO Parties so it wasn't like the bands were in bad condition. Saturday afternoon the SFI was: SFI-148. SN-93. A Index-25, and K Index-2, in fact those numbers never changed all weekend.
I did manage to find a few contacts on 20m on Sunday before the contest finished but it was pretty hard slogging most of the weekend. There was a bright spot though.....I did work VA3QV on Saturday evening! Yes, the ever elusive Bobster is in the log once again. For the Ontario QSO Party I managed to put a dismal total of 26 stations in the log.
The IC-703 performed as advertised and I had many good signal reports over the weekend. Obviously the punch of the 703 and the height of my dipole is a winning combination, I think I'll leave everything as they are as I've tweaked everything as much as I can.
In between hunting elusive VE3's I also spent some time hunting SOTA activations using the SOTA Watch website (HERE), and I managed to snag three USA activations over the afternoon. It was a lot of fun working those guys and I actually had QSO's with them, not just a quick "59, Thanks, QRZ?"
I also worked four DX stations on Sunday afternoon, R120RM in Moscow, S57V in Slovenia, J79MM in Dominica, and AO2015WRD in Spain. Not too bad for a QRP station.