I managed to use my "newly" completed spud launcher to have a copper wire over a 100 foot tree, however, in the excitement aiming my "gun," I accidentally 'touched' the launch button and over 250 feet of trace string went everywhere...except up. What a mess! On the second try, I DID get a tracer line over a 100 foot tree and hauled #26 copper wire to new heights. The long wire, as well as a vertical R7, were part of the operations. You gotta love that spud launcher! (QST-March 2009)
My station was all GREEN with a 15 watt solar panel charging a large gel-cell and the IC-703, with long wire in the tree. A Schurr paddle, an MFJ tuner, a lot of lemonade were on hand, set and ready to go.
My first QSO was with Steve - AA5TB in Texas with a modest 559 report. I was psyched...I made my first QSO. The 2nd QSO was a knockout with David - CT4RL/1 in Portugal! YES, the band is open and the signals are getting out.
I made 20 QSOs in between snacks, munchies, drinks, bathroom runs and just sheer exercise. It was GREAT and the weather was perfect. Lots of SUN, cool breezes and no bugs. Does it get any better?
I had to QRT at 6:30 (ET) and head for a late supper with friends. It's a good idea to run the contest 11 AM to 11 PM so everyone across the country, and world, has a chance to catch the propagation in their territory. Good going!
Catch you next year and let's hope the weather stay warm!