In reply to M3EYP:
Sorry for the confusion folks…I think we got a bit confused as well.
I want to thank everyone for being so patient with my marginal CW skills.
Oddly I found pileups on CW that vanished when I tried to call them by the numbers and did not return…perhaps signals were up and down?
Also I want to mention that again we had several park visitors drop by to say hello and ask about what we were doing, and many were amazed. Most exciting was making a random contact with a ham using an HT with a Jpole while hiking…I am going to try to infect him with SOTA fever…
Dave and I really enjoyed our time on the hill today. We found a nice sunny spot and the nearby antenna farm did not bother us at all really on HF, but 70cm was a mess, making satellite work impossible.
This was my first time using the K3 portable, and its CW decoder is what allowed me to work any CW at all. Next time I will have its CW memories properly programmed to really crank out the CW contacts. I tried the built in PSK31 to no avail.
I would like to add that CW keyers are read by my decoder much better then a straight key…and without my K3’s decoder I am really hard pressed to decode anything but the slowest code. Hopefully this will improve some day, but in the meantime I will always hear the keyers better then the straight keys.
73 to all and thanks again for your patience,