I've had next to nothing to report lately, so the blog has been inactive.
Now reading a history of Japan on my Kindle. As it is public domain, it was originally published in 1912. So, while somewhat incomplete (WW1 and 2 had yet to come), it is a fine document on the country up to that point in time. I was stationed in Japan and always retained an interest in the country and it's culture. My favorite non-American films are Japanese and favorite indigenous music is also Japanese.
When I have been on the air, I've been operating all of the rigs at the station. Mostly the FT-817 recently. Better filtering but noisier than the HW-9 and OHR100. No exceptional contacts. A couple NE USA stations plus the usual European operators.
But I really haven't been trying hard, and no late nights.
I came across an internet site containing copies old QSL cards. The subject of QSLing has been a subject on one of the amateur web groups (e-ham). I made my point that operating in 2013 is quite different from 1913, 100 years earlier. Many, many less amateurs on the air and a two-way contact was quite an accomplishment. A written confirmation on a penny post-card was very desirable back then and not a time and financial burden. Most comments on the subject were pro-QSLing and commentators brought up 21st century ways of processing them. Most methods sort of automated and "detached". At least I thought so. Guess necessary considering the thousands of QSL cards that could, potentially, be exchanged. "
By the way, I QSL direct all two-way QRP QSO cards received here. No postage necessary.