Thursday HF net report.

The Thursday net was called at 20:00 local time. Those who participated:

AB3KC *Collins
K3WD *Bill
W0MPM *John
W5ODJ *John
* indicates those who also checked in on 10 meters

Topics were Field Day, 13 Colonies, the recent local weather and PVRC among others. The band was in good shape and signals were strong in spite of the storms and static crashes.

We continued our discussion to 10 meters at 28.405 mHz. That band was in decent shape too.

It was good to hear everyone on the air tonight.



13 Colonies Recap

It took most of the week but I did finally manage to get all stations for the original 13 Colonies and the two extra stations.

They were tough this year! WM3PEN either used CW or FT8 every time I looked to see where they were operating. I did not have FT8 installed on my computer nor do I really know how to use it. I managed to install the software but was not successful in actually making it work in my favor. So I waited for CW which I finally accomplished tonight.

Speaking of CW I worked 4 of the 15 stations using CW this year. The Tuesday night nets really helped me get this done! I still need to get better at this mode but I’m doing OK with it. Enough to help in a contest anyway.

My log for 13 colonies 2020.

On the operator side of things I’ve managed to put in 6 hours of work this week. In that 6 hours I have worked 859 unique stations. That’s about 143 per hour. It gets pretty crazy at times.

K2B summary log from my station.

I hope to work another hour or two tomorrow. Maybe I can top off the list at 1000 for 2020.

This is always a fun event for me. This year was the hardest for me to finish but it was rewarding using some new skills to make it happen.