Great 20m QSO Reminds Me Why I Love Ham Radio - DG7LAL
When there is a contest going on, sometimes there isn't much other activity on the bands. Today, I had the pleasure of working Rainer (DG7LAL) in Germany on 20m. He was 59+ into Georgia and was a very pleasant operator. We had an actual QSO for about 20 minutes. As I drank my coffee, we discussed the weather, operating conditions, our experience with 11m citizens band, and more. He seemed very impressed with the fact that I had worked the continents with just 100 watts and a wire! I did let him know that several of the contacts were achieved with much persistence and often over an hour of trying. He agreed that there is a rewarding and satisfying feeling of accomplishment when you get your signal into other countries, especially with a simple station. We both reminisced about our time in the hobby and it really was the type of contact that reminded us both why we love amateur radio.