I wish I’d kept better track of the 1-man DXpeditions over the years that have given me a New One.
The big mega-$$$ DXpeditions get all the glory, make the news, post YouTube videos and get donations from clubs, DXers and manufacturers.
They probably get all the chicks too.
But a good op working solo on CW can take an entity down a peg or three on the Most Wanted list, given a couple of weeks.
Peri HB9IQB is currently in Palestine operating as E44PM and, as I type this, he’s working himself into one logbook after another in Europe and the Americas on 40 meters. Last night he did the same thing on 30 meters. Rig is a 100-watt K2 feeding vertical dipoles.
After watching a bit of TV last night I checked my email and the cluster and saw that E44PM was being spotted on 30m by fellow norte americanos so I plugged the coax into the K3 (that had been disconnected due to storms) and was unable to hear him.
Turns out I still had the QFH antenna feeding that line so out into the rainy night I went to fumble around with those outdoor connections. It was all worth it I’m happy to say. Just
got him tonight on 40m as well (evidently not according to his online log – still an ATNO though…) so I feel like the mayor of Happy Camperville.
In reading Peri’s bio I see he’s also into outdoor QRP and has built several of the same kits I (and many of you) have. Seems like an interesting dude – his website’s worth a read.
Thanks for the New One, Peri!