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Re: [VHFcontesting] [NEWSVHF] 222 Sprint

To: k1whs@metrocast.net, newsvhf@mailman.qth.net, VHFcontesting@contesting.com
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] [NEWSVHF] 222 Sprint
From: "Ron Klimas WZ1V" <wz1v@sbcglobal.net>
Reply-to: wz1v@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 08:12:58 -0400
List-post: <vhfcontesting@contesting.com">mailto:vhfcontesting@contesting.com>
Wow Dave, after all that and missing most of it, 
you still work more grids than me ! 
I remember an old horror movie about wasp venom 
giving super-powers, "Wasp Woman" I think. 
Must be all that wasp venom transformed you into 
The "Man of Steel" Super-Op ! 
Oh by the way, in the movie, the wasp venom 
worked really good - right up until it killed her ! 
Anyway it was fun working both you and Al up there. 
-73, Ron WZ1V

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Olean" <k1whs@metrocast.net>
To: <VHFcontesting@contesting.com>, <NEWSVHF@mailman.qth.net>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:38:14 -0400
Subject: Re: [NEWSVHF] [VHFcontesting] 222 Sprint

> I had forgotten that the 222 Sprint was on Tuesday evening, so the XYL 
and I 
> stopped for a leisurely dinner on our way home from our camp on Tues.  I 
> home at 8 PM and realized the Sprint was on. A quick run up the hill and 
> then realized I had no radio installed for 222. (Not good) I also noticed 
> that the 222/432 shack was infested with wasps. They were bunched in 
> around the corners of the room and around the air conditioner. I tried 
> spraying and that really got them upset. I got stung three times on the 
> arm and things got so bad I had to retreat from the building until a bit 
> after 9 PM. By then, most of the wasps were writhing on the floor. There 
> were several hundred of them. It was a mess. My arm was starting to 
> but I started in after hooking up my two meter radio in the 222 slot. 
> Usually by two hours into the Sprint, many stations go QRT, so I had to 
> scrape for the QSOs.  I heard no one in FN35, and precious little from 
> Western NY save for N2SLN, and KA2LIM. Not much to the South with maybe 
> FM19 stations worked. I was happy to find N3RN in FN11, and of course, 
> K3TUF with a rock crushing signal from FN10. I also kept getting buzzed 
> angry wasps all evening. When I quit just before 11 PM, my left arm was 
> swollen. It looked a bit like Popeye's arms after eating his spinach. I 
> ended up with about 35 Qs in 18 grids. I almost missed my own grid, but 
> showed up late and we had a QSO across the lake at about 2 miles.
>     With all the troubles here, I must say I have had better Sprints, but 
> anytime I can work stuff on 222 is a good time.  All the gear seemed to 
> OK.
> 73
> Dave K1WHS
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