Still trying to make that 1st QSO, I thought that I might be sending a bit too fast so I slowed it down to about 20 wpm. Sure enough, out of the ether comes a fairly staunch signal KV6Z, Bill from Claremont, OK. He’s pounding in at 599 so I let him know his report and all the particulars. When he comes back, he gives me a 599 as well and says the rig sounds good. Whew, finally the 1st QSO and I know the rig is working. Well, got that one under the belt now, not too shabby a signal report so I QRZ’d again and N4LQ, Steve in Charlotte, NC, replies. We’re both 599 and I tell Steve about the rig and apologize if I might be drifting a bit. Steve says “No drift and the signal tone is pure with no chirps or clicks”. I am surprised to say the least, this over 50 year old transmitter (using only 3 tubes for the CW portion) can transmit a clean CW note. Amazing!
After all the excitement, I sign with Steve and Mauro, I1MMR from Genoa calls in and gives me a 599 which was his report as well. I am elated to see everything percolating so well and I also am aware that having the 2 elements on 40 helps in putting in a decent signal at various locations.
I button it up for the evening and will have to wait until tomorrow to relive the 60’s era Ham Radio culture.