I don’t usually create new blog posts for things that I’d normally just tweet, but this was a rather big deal. I was busy making a chassis out of PCB material for my next project (full details in later posts)……
…….when I heard the faint signals of Steve WG0AT. It took me a little by surprise because I normally expect to hear him on 14060. Either he doesn’t spend a lot of time on 40M, or I just don’t hear him. I knew that he’d been testing out one of the very few KX3’s in existence, and I hadn’t QSO’ed with him on 40 before, so I gave him a call. He started out as a 429 with QSB, but ended up as a 319 near the end of the QSO. I did manage to copy that he was near Seattle and that he was using a KX3!
I get excited when I work prominent hams in the QRP community. In my former life as a DJ, I’d get a bit of a rush when I got to meet musicians and producers that I admired; this is the same thing really. This time, I was working Steve the goathiker AND a KX3. Two celebrities for the price of one! What a great way to start my Sunday.
If band conditions had been a little better I would have asked him how he liked the KX3, but I know it’s going to be an amazing rig anyway. Wayne mentioned on the KX3 mailing list the other day that they are trying really hard to include 2M as well. The KX3 is going to do incredibly well as a 160-6M rig, but with 2M added, it will be even more popular.
I can’t wait for Pacificon so I can see it!