Wow - radio conditions are pretty good, even though the SFI dropped precipitously today. I've worked over 100 in the DX contest this weekend - with a vertical, a dipole and 100 watts, and I've really only been on a few hours.
Get that 130 up on the higher bands. 15 is spectacular right now. For an HF beginner, 40 meters in the daytime is a great place to start, as is 17 meters. I'd avoid the places where the 'big boys' play for a while. It's too easy to step on hyper-sensitive toes on 20 and 75 meter phone.
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