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A big thank you

Posted: 04 Apr 2020 07:56 PM PDT

to the folks who came up with the idea for the State QSO Party Challenge!

Even though I am not "officially" participating in it - only as a personal
challenge, it is providing a lot of fun and enjoyment. I got on the air
this afternoon and in short order had QSOs with Louisiana, Missouri and
Mississippi in the log. Nebraska was a bit harder, but I got a couple QSOs
in with the Cornhusker State as well.

Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi were all plentiful on 20 Meters in the
afternoon - but Nebraska was nowhere to be heard. I finally worked W0DB on
40 Meters at about 1932 UTC. I scanned the bands up and down and did not
hear another Nebraskan.

After dinner, and before the nightly on-the-air 2 Meter simplex meeting of
South Plainfield Hams, I once again searched 40 Meters. The CW portion was
wall to wall signals! I cranked down the KX3's filters to an extremely
narrow setting and twiddled the dial VERY slowly. Eventually I was
fortunate to come across WB9QAF/0 and got my second Nebraska QSO in the log.

My logbook is swelling, due to the State QSO Party Challenge. It's an
impetus to get on the air, and that is not a bad thing. As an added
benefit, it gets my mind off all this COVID craziness that is transforming
our lives. It's good to have a "comfort activity" to resort to in order to
help maintain some semblance of sanity.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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