DX from Lands End in Maine
Last evening Dave K1SWL, Tim W3ATB and I were at Bailey's Island in
We were there for Lobstercon... an annual QRP gathering at Cooks
dinner we went to the shore at Lands End. I set up a quick wire and
Greece, and the Czech Republic before the mosquitoes carried us
As the sun went down we ate dinner at Cook's Lobster House. The view
the very best.
Then we drove a few miles east to where the sea meets the land...
Tim parked the truck with
the back toward the beach. The view is breathtaking.
We ran a wire from the tail gate down to the beach. At most the wire
was only 3 or 4 feet off the ground. I put the
KX3 on the rocks and stood on the sand. I tuned across 20 meters,
but didn't hear many stations... so I switched to
I1ULJ/8 in Italy was calling CQ. I answered Sal and he gave me a
559. I knew I wasn't strong because I had to
send my call a few times... but we completed a good exchange. I had
smiles on my face and mosquito bites behind
my ear. I didn't care. Then I heard SV2/RW3AL in Greece finishing up
a QSO and I called. This time I received a 339,
but that was fine. Again we had a good exchange. The next QSO was
Now I switched back to 20 meters to see if anything had changed.
There was OK2RJC in the Czech Republic just
booming in. Jiri was calling CQ and I knew he'd hear me. When I
answered I received a 589 and I received a "congrats
on UR QRP signal." I folded up the log book and put everything back
in the pack. The darker it got, the more mosquitoes
showed up to feed. We were exuberant..... with the salt air, the
smell of the sea, the view, and the cross-Atlantic QSOs.
Thanks to W3ATB and K1SWL for photos.