Beautiful evening

It’s a beautiful evening here in the metropolis that is Limestone, Tennessee.  The sun is setting in a partly cloudy sky and it’s a balmy 64° F out.  I turned on my radio and heard 4V1TL calling on 14.289.  I was able to work him with a beautiful 59 signal right before someone evidently put him on some DX spotter somewhere and the frequency exploded.  I’m still amazed at how my little setup works.  However, it wasn’t all peaches and cream listening to the frequency after my QSO was done…

The operator said he had to go for a few minutes and would be back.  Instead of just waiting, at least 20 different hams decided to start throwing their calls out there like fools.  It’s amazing how poor a lot of hams act when trying to get to a DX station.  I shook my head and listened elsewhere.

I’ve updated my QSL cards with my favorite QSL card publisher, CheapQSLs.  Their customer service and prompt response to a reorder request is what keeps me coming back.  I should be getting them later this week and I think I’ll start working on getting this massive backlog of a few years’ worth of QSL cards out!  I may have to warm up using the outgoing bureau at ARRL too.


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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