Been very busy with other pursuits — mainly rescue squad volunteering where I an am EMT — and have not been on the air. On April 27 and 28, got back on 40-meter CW.
Had short contact with Greg, NU4R, in Ocala, FL. Band conditions were awful!! When we established contact, he had an excellent signal, then, the bottom dropped out and we lost each other in the noise.
On April 28 had nice chat with John K0JVX, in Olathe, KS. He and I are about the same age, both of us have been licensed since 1958.
May have a problem with my Yaesu FT-857 — power output was erratic during my contact with John. Will investigate more this weekend.
Ordered a 30-meter dipole from MyAntennas.com. Will install it as soon as it arrives and see how the 30-meter band works out.