Saturday, September 6, 2014

You never know

Once a Ham always a Ham.  So I am working the night shift so I log onto a Radio in the Netherlands and was nosing around on 20 meters.  I decided to pull up some info on the QRZ page and then record this fellow in Australia using a radio in Europe  then post it to YouTube and then email it to him.   How cool is that!  

John emailed me back....

Hi Ron,

Thanks for the YouTube clip - it's very interesting and I agree, it's an amazing time to be alive. 

Conditions today were outstanding on 20m and I was kept busy for over an hour. I then went up to 17m and 15m, which were also firing well into the early evening here. I hate working the wall of noise which goes with pile ups, but every now and again I do it to keep my nerve! Actually, you captured a rare moment - 99% of my operating is QRP CW - I'm hardly ever on SSB. I'd forgotten how much fun it can be if the band is wide open.  Today I was working with 60W and a portable vertical wire, supported by a fishing pole. It's amazing how far you can throw a signal with a hunk of wire. 

Thanks again Ron and I hope that one day I can meet you on air to say hello in person. 

Hope your night shift went well. 

73 from Hobart,