OK. Sunday 3/30/2014 at 1955 local. So, there I was. In my backyard. I had made a new set up for my antenna. I was monitoring for SO-50. I heard QSOs. I made my call. I snagged one. KL7R. The call is from Alaska, but my contact was in grid DM53, which contains part of Arizona and New Mexico. Wow what a trip. On 5 watts. That was over 500 miles.
The weather has been a little stinky. Stormy, and since I am not the kind to go out in a storm and hold a piece of highly conductive metal to the sky. I will have to wait for my next opportunity.
I am getting some pics together. Keep a lookout for them. Coming soon!
I am really jazzed.73 de Mike, W6GYC