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My mate Steve, M0BKL is always whingeing and whining that I don't spend enough time on 17 m and I play safe hanging around 20 m all the time. So, I decided to spend the afternoon on the 17 m band today. I must say it was a pretty good session. I work the East Coast, central USA and the West Coast. Just to name a few good ones, Washington State, Idaho, New Mexico, Wyoming and California. I'm looking for Wyoming for quite a while so got quite excited when I typed is call sign into my log. However, I realised I worked him before on 17 m and unfortunately he doesn't use Logbook of the World, so the only way to confirm the QSO will be a traditional card sent through the post. But, at least I will have this very rare state that is sought after by many amateurs looking for WAS. And I learnt something new today, Devils Tower in Wyoming does exist, I thought it was just made up for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Tammy, W9TLP really made me laugh when she told me that her husband had set up a radio for her in the laundry room, right next to the washing machine. I suppose some people could accuse him of being sexist, however I think she has actually got the upper hand now. What better place to have your shack, somebody where nobody really wants to be, and you can also threaten them "if you want your pants washed properly, let me use my radio whenever I want". Excellent Tammy, I really enjoyed our QSO I hope we meet again very soon, you made my day.

Had a nice chat with my two good buddies, Steve, M0BKL and Ian, 2E0IAT on 2 metres this evening. Apparently Steve has booked a swim for a days fishing on the day of the Royal wedding, think he wants to get away from it all. However, Ian will be coming around my house, I've already got our union Jack Flags and hats all ready and waiting.

I decided on a 20 min session on 20 m this evening as the band seem pretty open. Just the usual stuff on the East Coast, however I have got to mention W2JVM in New Jersey, blimey that was one big signal, 59+30, very impressive. He's surrounded by salt water and his antenna is about 10 feet from the sea, just goes to show that the salt water is one hell of a good groundplane.

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