Tag Archive for DX

Crossing the Atlantic with 2 milliwatts on 10m

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As I was letting my new WSPR transmitter stabilize yesterday afternoon I noticed a few stateside stations were decoding me even though the transmitter’s final amp circuitry was not yet on. Power output in this state is a bit under 2 milliwatts according to my recently calibrated QRP wattmeter. With that in mind, and considering…

CQWW 2014 – QRP & a battery take on the world

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. Well that was a whole lot of fun! I operated for a total of 5 hours and used a 1300 mAH battery to provide power to the KD1JV “Mountain Top Rig”. About 95% of my contacts were on 20m with the remainder being on 40m. Highlights: All continents worked 24 Zones worked 65 DX countries…

Guinness record for most QSOs meets birthday celebration?

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In early 2000, Juka OH2BR was recognized by Guinness Records for making the most QSO’s ever in a single year from a single location. He was operating as VP6BR on Pitcairn Island and accomplished that record of 56,239 QSO’s in only 3 months. Mark ON4WW is hoping to beat that record in 2016 by operating…

As DXers, are we considerate practitioners of the hobby?

Years ago when I lived in W2-land I was driving across the Tappan Zee bridge on my way home from work, along with a lot of others. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a group of guys on crotch-rockets appeared and took over all three lanes, slowing down to 1/4 the speed limit, blocking all traffic in the…

A battery-powered QRP CQWW (CW)

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Years ago, a dedicated QRPer set out to see if it was possible to accomplish WAS with a 9-volt battery. That QRPer was Larry WD3P and you can read about his results here. More recently, Fred KT5X posted the following about three recent SOTA activations: “I activated three peaks today with the ATS4, worked a total of 68 QSO’s,…

#315: 80 easier to DX than 15 (sometimes)

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I spent the first 2-1/2 decades in this hobby thinking of 80 meters as a local band, useful mostly for traffic nets and ragchews. But In a strange-but-true sort of way, I’ve come to realize that not only is 80m a great band for DXing, it’s often easier to work DX there than on the higher bands.…