So I took Saturday off from work, initially it was for the second monthly NCCC meeting out in Stockton with the MLDXCC. Unfortunately, the 2007 Ford Ranger I bought last September seems to be having some starter/solenoid problems. I had planned on changing the parts, but found out both are covered under my warranty. So I will be taking the truck in on Thursday. Instead I decided to participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest.
While I was not going to active any island, it was still an enjoyable contest to participate in. I figured I participated about 10 total hours and made 65 QSOs. I was not making anything resembling a serious effort. It was a change to work some DX and log some new IOTA. I did record 23 DXCC entities on CW and SSB.
Conditions were not ideal, obviously. I found quite a bit of noise on 20M when I started working that band from 40M at the start of the contest at 1200z. I think this contest coupled with the NAQP a few weeks back just reinforced what I already know. I need to get the hex higher. Still it was a good time, working to make a contact. Some of the stations in the Pacific I worked were a definite challenge. Oddly enough I did not work one KH6 station on 15/20/40M. I did see a spot for K6NA on 15M, but when I got there the frequency was quiet, then again 15M was not great.