jeudi 4 février 2016

In case you were wondering

A week before Christmas, my French YL suffered a very serious heart attack. So serious that it required a defibrillator and pacemaker implant.

Several hospitals were involved particularly the excellent cardiac unit in Brest. She is recovering but very slowly. Now in a rest-type home to relax a bit until late February, then for 3 or 4 weeks in a cardiac re-education center. Very intense program. No visitors allowed but weekends will be spent with me here in Benodet.

Naturally, I have been an emotional and physical wreck. Slowly adjusting to, what will be, our new lives. Things will never be the same again but must be accepted and dealt with. 

I have not been on the air since her original attack before Christmas and only during the past few days have sent out a a QRP CQ on 20 meters. I noted the RBN observed that a couple of USA stations heard me. I am not making any great efforts or spending long hours on the band. My heart isn't in it, right now.

No travelling this year. However, I must return to the USA for a few weeks in late summer early fall. Just can't avoid it. Complicated living in two countries with obligations to both.

So that is the story. I will try to get on 20 meters for a short time during the day, when it is open. Can't say at what time.

Take care and 72/73


mardi 15 décembre 2015

Australia but.....

QSO with VK3DBD this morning, but I had to cheat. Took 4 watts to make the difficult connection. Good operator who stayed with me until essentials exchanged. Much appreciated.

Now back to one watt.

samedi 12 décembre 2015


I haven't been too active since my last post. Conditions not great from this QTH. Maybe better where you are. I did work EA7FLE and I3GVN, both under 1000 miles from Benodet, (I continue to use the 1000 MPW rating though I am in km country).

I remain near 14.060 mHz though I do cruise between 14.050 and 14.065.

Still one watt from the HW-8 which has been performing reasonably well.

lundi 7 décembre 2015

QRP and QRPp

I have resurrected my blog, though it will never be as up-to-date as in years past.

I have decided to concentrate on 1 watt QRP...possibly less.  Today I worked Italy, Hungary, and T77C in San Marino. This was with one watt from my HW-8.The QSO with Hungary qualified for the 1000 miles per watt accomplishment.

My rig of choice, for now, will be the HW-8. A very quiet, primitive transceiver (by today's standards). Having a one-watt only rig in operation avoids the temptation of going to a full 5 watts.

My FT-817 was back on the desk. I like it's  ability to click power output up and down via the pre-set power control.

The FT-817 proved to be too "noisy". Mostly internal, I think.  I replaced it with my K1 which has a quieter receiver.

73 Dick