SanDiego, People's Republic of California FEMA District 9
Originally Posted by WA6MHZ
Tom KC0W EASILY Had the BEST SIGNAL On the band, HANDS DOWN! NO ONE even came close. And from what I can tell, he had a CONTINUOUS PILEUP for every second he was on the band! It was a tough one for even me to crack! Took many many MANY Calls to finally get through! EVERYONE on FD wanted to work Tom!
I searched for KC0W after I read some posts here so I could determine if I could hear him on my dummy load and to do a comparison vid of the other big signal, but I couldnt find him on the band.
Nice to work U in the FD!!! I remember talking to U about your setup and how U were running QRP. U had a MAGNIFICENT signal for QRP!!! Congrats on a great station and setup! Nice to meet U on the air! (U said U could hear me on your dummy load!)
Interesting. I'd have traded 10 W6's for one New England station. I think we had clean sweeped the CA sections in the first 30 minutes or so. I kept wondering if everyone in California was on the air and running a kilowatt for FD (lots of 1Ds).
From the Rockies we struggled a bit getting East Coast stations (a large mountain just to the East of our site probably didn't help), but W3AO was coming though very nicely with one of their 27(!!!) stations. I'd love to get details on this - we had problems with our 3 SSB stations interfering with each other.
I found most 1s, 2s and 3s very weak (except for Neil!) and buried under all the Zeros and Fives. It took great skill to dig the East Coast out of the QRM. Maybe that is why I missed Delaware. I bet KC3AM called me a hundred times and just couldn't get over the massive pileups of midwest stations. We definitely had a pipeline to the Rockies and midwest. Very poor prop to the East Coast!
I guess during all your field day encounters youve heard some BIG signals, as well as little ones. Mine would have been a little one... QRP 5w or 2.5w into a number of antennas via battery power. The biggest signal I heard, BY FAR, was the one I shot a video of. So impressed was I, this guy was the only signal making it into my Dummy Load, no antenna... just the dummy load.
I had to call him to let him know, and he answered my QRP signal on the first call, despite the pile up calling him. Check it out... then share your BIG SIGNAL encounter.