Hello and welcome to my home on the Web. KE9V is my ham radio call sign that also serves as a short and unique domain name. Licensed since 1977, I've enjoyed many of the facets afforded the radio amateur - from spark to space.
Amateur radio is unique in that it's a service and a hobby. Many have tried to capture its essence and distill it into a few chosen words with little success. Clinton B. DeSoto's inspiring description of ham radio written in 1941 may be the best you ever read.
For December, the event focus was on homebrew keys and a CW howdy for the initial-less. The bonus this month was for using a homebrew key (I didn't) and there was a 25 point bonus for each contact with a member without a suffix on their SKCC number. I've never spent more than a couple hours in this event, and that scattered throughout bits of both days. I usually snag 20-25 contacts and was just below that this month with 19.
It's always a pleasure to work Bert, F6HKA and I snagged him on two bands this time around. The other notable contact was with Jay, VY1JA. I worked him on Saturday morning at 10am on 40 meters. 2500 miles on 40 at mid-morning is about as good as it gets. I always enjoy these weekend sprits as I take them lightly and never put too much pressure on myself.
Find my final score and soapbox here once it's been published. More info on this event is available here. See you next month!