It might be hard to believe that a 90-second QSO can make any impression at all, but it did. Yet I almost failed to mention it on this blog. Too many things going on here (repairs, review stuff pouring in).
Two days before storm Sandy hit the east cost of the USA, I managed to hit the 10 meter repeater KQ2H in NY with just a hand held.
I modified this Midland Alan 42 Multi, originally sold as a CB transceiver, to extend the range up to 30MHz or so. I also added a 60cm long helical antenna, because the stock antenna is of no use whatsoever.
I didn’t have much faith in my experiment, and the first few days this proved to be true. To maximize my chances of pulling this off, I left town and went to one of the dikes here. No obstructions and a large body of water can make a huge difference.
Then there was the break I hoped for. The only person I managed to contact during those 90 seconds was Iain, M1OOO. When the microphone was turned back to me, other (rude, impatient) stations took over. Still good enough for me!