We were four here over the holiday with much eating and drinking by all. Now down to three and all of us on restricted diets.
Champagne was good but I have to remember that my liver is a senior citizen as well as the rest of me. So, back to a Brittany-brew or two for lunch and that's it.
Very little radio activity. A couple contacts with the east coast of NA and nothing more.
I am using my FT-857D almost exclusively for now. I like the ability to use the DSP feature when necessary. Not the best-of-class but pretty effective. I run it at 5-10 watts using my 7 amp power supply, which is more than adequate for that power level.
One of the bloggers on my reading list, a creative writer, had an interesting recent entry. Among other thoughts he expressed a resolution to use the full ten-watt capability of his new "QRP" transceiver and I agreed with him.
I always thought that ten watts should have been the standard power proposed by the new QRP organizations. That is for all modes and CW not set at 5-watts.
Well, that was and is my thoughts on the matter. I made some remark about the power compliance being set in some smoke filled room at three in the morning. You know, the way politicians pass bills around much of the world.
I am a believer in running as little power as possible even if a few choice DX stations escape me. A number of reasons for that which I may relate one day.
The author made quite a case for young men to enlist in the USN as it was 1918 and the Armistice not yet signed. The slaughter continued.