By ARRL - North Texas Section
What started as a ragchew between Lio Salas N5JEP and Jerry Goodson W5BFF turned into a last minute road trip and some great QSOs on HF.
Lio was mobile on the Freedom Link Repeater System travelling from his QTH in Paris, TX to Sulphur Springs to give a class to the youngsters in the Civil Air Patrol. He was fishing for folks to let the kids talk with on the repeater system when the class let out at 8pm, but that conflicted with the regularly scheduled net. Instead, Jerry offered to bring an HF rig to let the CAP cadets ragchew on a "big radio."
Jerry loaded up an ICOM IC-7200, LDG IT-100 Autotuner, and 50amp power supply and hit the road. When Jerry arrived, Lio was still giving the class. CAP Comms Officer Leo Deckleman W9LEO showed Jerry to the CAP radio room, and they got the radio set up and tuned up.
To make the experience even "neater" for the kids, Jerry's 16 year old son, Dylan Goodson N5APP was back at his QTH in Atlanta, Texas ready to chat! They found a clear frequency on 40 meters, and Lio started cycling the kids through, each of them conversing for five to ten minutes.
Emmett Hohensee W0QH of RadioWavz was in EMCOMM1 in Carrollton, Texas, and he popped in on the QSOs, as well.
The youngsters in the Civil Air Patrol will wrap up on the technician class around the first of next month, and will be ready to test.
Kuddos to Lio Salas N5JEP for giving the class, and we look forward to hearing the new call signs on the air in the coming month!