The 2017 AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO Party wrapped up a few weeks ago and tonight is the 2018 AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest.
My total for the BK was nine contacts covering both 80 and
40. For me, nine is better than some years and worse than
others...sorta of average. It could have been better, though.
first evening of the BK I had an S8-S9 noise level here. I blamed the
poor band conditions of late and soldiered on working only KB0ROB that
first night. Sunday afternoon I decided to make certain the noise was
really not my problem. With a battery powered receiver on 40 meters I
killed all of the power to the house. Surprise, my noise dropped from S8
to S3. Eventually I traced the problem to the wall wart charger for a
new Dust Buster. I had time for one more contact that first afternoon.
Unfortunately band conditions weren't as good this last weekend but, at
least, I know it wasn't my problem.