We hope you will join us this Saturday for the annual Freeze Your Buns Off winter QRP outing. Some of our more balmy climes appear to sitting under a coating of ice this year. Zonies might not be in shorts and t-shirts this year. Conditions should be good for a welcome change from the past few years. Ten through 20 meters has been especially good the last few months and even the lower frequencies as it approaches evening. Lots of DX early in the morning and shortening up in the late morning hours. 40m might be a good place to start in the earliest hours. The rules are our same Rules Almost Forever. Work anything that walks, crawls, or flies and it counts as a Q. Even SSB is tolerated. K7DD is the bonus station and worth 100 extra points per band. He’s worth a lot.
Mike, K7DD, and Norm, N9AV will be at White Tanks again this year. Join them in person if you can, there is plenty of space with tables and ramadas. Mike will have multiple radios with him. Bring your own trees or something to hold your antennas up. Verticals work well also, but be sure to throw in a few radials for those.
Our website has been down for a couple weeks due to changes at the internet service provider and a rearrangement of the hosting package. Their tech support guys finally got things running correctly again last night after a marathon session. Hours. I had to fix a few links, but they should be mostly working. The Contest Calendar display had also changed locations so that is repaired also.
The auto log has been updated for 2023 and appears to be working. You can enter your scoring summary online as well as soapbox comments. There is even a way to enter pictures. We’d appreciate as always having those to enjoy. If you would prefer to send pictures or comments by email or links to where you post adventures, you can send those to me at jwstevens+FYBO2023@gmail.com and I will post them up on this website.
Our usual admonition applies again this year. This is not for an episode of Survivor. Please be very careful as the colder temperatures can be dangerous. You’ve made it this far in life, keep it that way as we will need stations to come back for next year.