My return to HF begins
25 watts on 10m SSB can do an awful lot.
Yesterday I added a Radio Shack Realistic HTX-100 to my station. It’s a 10m-only 5/25w SSB/CW transceiver.
After monkeying around with my MFJ 945E antenna tuner, it finally dawned on me that my G5RV Jr. doesn’t need an antenna tuner on 10m so I set the tuner to bypass position. A handy feature.
Within a very few minutes, I worked ZL2WL. This was my first DX HF QSO in nearly 40 years. The adrenaline rush was amazing. I STILL have the dog xray bug even after so many years…
(The odd item in the photo is a Uniden base station/mobile scanner. When the zombie apocalypse comes, I want to stay in touch with my surroundings.)
I am soooo going to enjoy getting back on HF.