So I figured
the weather was looking good and I would set up for F.Y.B.O. in my back yard at
the picnic bench. I cleared the snow from on and around the table and started
setting up just after 1500z.
I was using
the YouKits HB1B MKIII QRP CW(www.youkits.com) transceiver with built in battery. I set up the
Chameleon F-Loop (http://chameleonantenna.com/) antenna on a tripod and hooked that to the radio. My key of
choice was my Czech military key.
was 19F in the back yard, and some light snow was starting to fall. The bands
were alive with the MN QSO party among others QSO Parties and some huge pile
ups as well on 20 meters.
I was able to work WA5BDU in AR and
exchange information with him. On 15 meters I heard NQ7RP/5 as well but signals
were way down in the mud. My goal was not to break any QSO records or any
record at all, but to just get outside and set up, I had participated in Winter
Field Day the weekend before and hauled my sleigh and gear into the bush and
played in that. My goal was just to set up and make a QSO and have some fun. It
was a pleasure to not freeze off any extremities and still send cw without gloves.
Stations were indeed hearing my 5 watt CQ using the F-Loop which can be seen via R.B.N. or Reverse Beacon Network (http://www.reversebeacon.net/)