Operating notes from the past week:
- I was net control for this week’s ARROW 2m net. This net takes place every Monday night at 8 pm on the 146.96 repeater. This Monday, we had ten stations check in. One station had two young visitors, who were able to say a few words on the radio. QNI: 13, including yours truly.
- On Sunday afternoon, I left my HF rig tuned to 28.010 MHz while I played around on the computer upstairs. I turned up the volume so that I could hear it if anyone came on. Twice, I heard DX stations calling CQ. I worked CT1HMN one of those times.
- DX was pretty good over the weekend. I worked a ZP6 (Paraguay) on 30m and an HK0 (Colombia) on 40m.
- Sunday night, there was a “numbers station” on 10115.5 kHz. This one was sending random code groups, each consisting of five characters. I hear these stations about every six months.
- At WA2HOM, our station down at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, I worked EO2012KW, a special event commemorating the European 2012 Football Championship taking place at venues in Poland and the Ukraine.
- If the Detroit Tigers win the American League pennant, I’ll organize a special event station commemorating their participation in the World Series. I won’t be able to get a cool call with a “2012” in it, but I could probably get the callsign W8S.
- Last night, I worked Jim, W4BKV. When he heard that I lived in Ann Arbor, MI, he volunteered that he used to come up here a lot in the 1970s and 1980s doing consulting work for a company called Sycor. Well, as it happens, I came to Ann Arbor to work for Northern Telecom, the company that purchased Sycor. We had a great chat, nearly an hour long, talking about Sycor and how technology has progressed since then.
- Ann Arbor is a great town from a QSO prospective. Despite it being a relatively small town, the University of Michigan is here, and lots of hams have either visited here or gone to school here or have heard of the place. So, there’s plenty to talk about.