Well– it all started out as checking into the local 80m traffic net. It has been rather interesting the last few days — my noise-level on my rig is almost nil! I’m wondering, what the’ is going on — but, with a couple of items working against RF, such as the recent CME and my ‘movement’ of my antenna to accommodate some improvements to my landscape. it’s hard to pin-point it down (at least for now).
So, I hear the odd european station calling on the contest and I give the odd call out here and there. I’m not really working the contest per se, but am helping out some other hams get their contacts up with a local VE4 contact. Remember, since I’m not really working the contest I’m not using my usual N1MM contest software, but am logging it via paper-log (yes, paper log). I pick it back up the next day and end up spending more time than expected on the contest. It was quite strange in some ways — I was hearing more European stations than local North American stations – again, I’m thinking my antenna movement is to blame. The background noise level is almost nil – and some stations just boom into my rig, where others are so quiet, but I can work them non-the-less. In the end, I put in a few hours to see what’s going on and to make further contacts
So now to the hard work, transposing those entries from the hard-copy to the digital version to make those submissions count for the rest.
73, Dan ve4drk