I don’t know what happened. I lay on the bed a couple of hours before bedtime last night for a quick nap and the next thing I knew it was 2:30 am and my nap had turned into half a night’s sleep. This was not a bad thing as it meant I was now awake and could turn the radio on to see what was cooking on 40. The only antenna I currently have is a co-ax fed 40M inverted vee at 47 feet above ground. In theory, the only 2 bands I can operate with this antenna are 40 and 15, but I received a 599 from W5TTW on 10M yesterday using this antenna (tuned at the transmitter end). He was 1600 miles from me in Texas. It never hurts to try!
Back to this morning and 5W of CW on 40. I worked K4TE 2000 miles from me in Alabama, and K9KHJ 1800 miles distant in Wisconsin. Although our QSO was brief due to the high band noise at my end, it was a pleasure to work him. His callsign is a tribute to the station KHJ in Los Angeles, which was legendary in the boss jock era. It was that callsign that first caught my attention when Danny left a comment on a previous blog post about powerhouse amateur stations. As a former DJ/voiceover/production person, the letters KHJ just popped out. Great that we got to QSO and it happened without the aid of Twitter, e-mail or Facebook; it happened the old-fashioned way – we were both on 40M at the same time. After that, an exchange with W2ZRA in Long Island confirmed that 40 was in good shape (with the exception of high band noise) and I was a happy camper. I did call CQ one more time but didn’t try too hard; I was becoming sleepy.
About an hour later, just as I was thinking a few more zzzz’s might be a good idea, an e-mail from Steve KC2VBU landed in my inbox. He had heard my final CQ on the direct conversion receiver of his Rock-Mite at his QTH in New Jersey. Given that I was only a 229, on the wrong side of his rockbound frequency of 7028 and his Rock-Mite puts out just 600mW, he didn’t call me, figuring a QSO was unlikely to ensue. Steve wrote:
GM. As is my habit most every morning as I putz around before heading out to work I fired up my SWL Rockmite (have two) and listened in a bit on 40M.
I just replied to Steve, thanking him for taking the trouble to send an e-mail report. Part of my reply read as follows: