[color=black] Greetings all and best wishes to you and your kin for a healthy, blessed New Year.
I am excited and proud to announce that beginning Friday, January 11, between 1300 and 1859z, I will begin operating using the special anniversary event callsign of K2A/9. I intend to operate on 80, 40, 30, 20 and 15 meters. Sorry, I have no suitable aerial for the 160, 17 or 12 meter bands.
As long as there are folks calling me on whichever band I am on at the time, I will not change bands. This will afford as many as possible the opportunity to QSO me. I intend to use 80M during the daytime as some of you are so near the Chicago Metro area that it will be impossible for us to have a QSO on any other band.
Based on current propagation conditions, I will begin on 40M, continue on 30M, then 20, 15 and finally 80, before returning to 40M to finish up. 40M daytime provides nearly coast to coast to coast coverage from my QTH. 30M generally has provided better coverage into western Europe than 20M. 20 and 80 meters will be the most difficult bands to reach me on I suspect. I will make use of self-spotting via the K3UK skeds page, <http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/>
I have additional blocks of operating time scheduled for (UTC DAYS and times): Saturday, Jan 12 from 03:30 until 80M closes down or no later than 07:00; and Saturday, Jan 12 from 2200 until Jan 13 at 0259. This will put me at odds with a VERY popular CW contest, the North America QSO party. Will make for tough QRM conditions on both ends of the circuit I'm sure. I am also sure that most of you are aware of the expresssion: The more difficult the task, the sweeter the victory.
One more thought to my fellow SKCC members: Consider signing up to operate as K2A. Having been DX from Bermuda I can tell you, it's a very eye-opening experience to be the hunted instead of the hunter. 4000+ members makes for a wide audience. Think we can get "clean sweeps" for ALL within 30 days? That's 40,000+ QSOs. A difficult goal perhaps, but "The difference between ordeal and adventure is attitude".