FoBB 2013: Swatted 37 and live to tell the tale.
No, 37 contacts in 3-1/2 hours won’t smash any records, but it does make for an enjoyable afternoon of QRP operation.
Flight of the Bumble Bees 2013 is in the log, with a deep thanks to the Adventure Radio Society for putting on the event. Working 40 and 20 meters, my meager signal managed to tickle antennas from Florida to California, with stops in between.
It’s funny how these things go. You work old on-air friends and acquaintances from contests past — who by and large do a better job of associating names and calls than I do.
This year the Auld Lang Syne Award goes to Carl Achin, WA1ZCQ. Carl and I first met back in the late ’70s, after I had earned my Novice ticket. Then our paths diverged for, oh, more than two decades, only to converge again after I returned to ham radio in the mid ’00s.
We’d never had an HF QSO of any consequence. Yeah, we worked 52 direct at hamfests or Lobstercon, but that’s like shouting “Hey, you!” across a baseball diamond.
Sunday’s FoBB event marked our first true HF QSO — from Franklin to Carl’s camping spot at Gibson Cliff, near Harvard, MA, a whopping 31 miles away.
The log filled with other familiar calls: Ken, WA8REI, up in Michigan; John, K4BAI, down in Georgia; Jeff, K9ESE (love the east-southeast phonetic), in West Virginia. Of course, no QRP event would be the same without N4BP thundering — truly — out of Florida. The list goes on.
Thanks again, ARS!
Next up: The New Jersey QRP Club’s Skeeter Hunt in Aug. 11, 1700-2100 UTC. I’ll be sporting Skeeter No. 27.
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