It was a fantastic Christmas day here with the family over for a traditional meal and an outdoor temperature of 72F/22C. Bicycles (but no icicles!) and good conversation were added to the recipe for some good memories.
As everyone was starting to leave, I peaked in at the laptop and noticed that Europeans were starting to show on 60m FT8.
The one EU station I've been trying to work was on 20m earlier this morning but no copy for me. But it was 60m where we were hoping to add each other to our logbook and, finally, there was Bas PE4BAS, among a horde of stations calling for Z81D. A few exchanges later, "R73"s were exchanged.
Bas and I have been trying, off and on, to work each other for a long time - either FT8 or CW, but no joy until today. A final Christmas contact, this one very long distance, via RF, just as day turned into night here in Texas. Thanks Bas!
Immediately after working Bas, I was called by PA7F and PA7TWO. Does this have anything to do with my trip to Nederland TX last week?!
I've got mixed feelings about FT8 and about the channelized nature of the 60 meter band. But they seem to go together quite well and I do actually enjoy the mode on that band.
Tomorrow we go to San Antonio to look at what very likely will become our next travel trailer. And then next week, back to normalcy and work... ;-(