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QRP 365 Update 13

It’s Sunday March 29th 2015 and I have now completed week 13 of my QRP 365 Challenge.  For those who are new to this, this means that for the whole of the year, 2015, I shall use no more than 5W and just CW or Datamodes, no phone at all.  At least one QSO a day – hence 365.

So how did I do this week?

23/03/15: IZ0VRD, JT65, 5W on 14.076MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

24/03/15: IK7XTG, PSK31, 5W on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1102mi (1778km) / 220.4mi (355.6km) per Watt.

25/03/15: SP7SEW, PSK31, 5W on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 942mi (1519km) / 188.4mi (303.8km) per Watt.

26/03/15: OK2SFO, PSK31, 5W on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 672mi (1084km) / 134.4mi (216.8km) per Watt.

27/03/15: SP7FGP, PSK31, 5W on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 963mi (1554km) / 192.6mi (310.8km) per Watt.

27/03/15: UT0EG, PSK31, 5W on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1521mi (2453km) / 304.2mi (490.6km) per Watt.

28/03/15: RK3DMV, PSK31, 5W on 21.07015MHZ, a distance of 1516mi (2445km) / 303.2mi (489km) per Watt.

28/03/15: EA3DYB, PSK31, 5W on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 801mi (1292km) / 160.2mi (258.4km) per Watt.

29/03/15: IU5DVL, JT65, 5W on 14.076MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was UT0EG a cracking 1521les (2453 worked.  Not so many this week but I have been rather busy with work and haven’t had so much time to get on the radio.  I have also been starting a little later in the day, which obviously makes a difference to the countries available.

This is the first quarter completed (week 13) and so is accompanied by stats for the 1st quarter complete with a graphical analysis, as can be seen below.  The most productive mode to date has been PSK31.

I am still continuing to call CQ using CW for the first 1/2 hour of my daily session and still not getting replies most of the time .  If we do wish to keep this mode alive it really does need using.  People may consider it difficult and out of date or unnecessary but it is all part of the history of what is a fascinating hobby and means of communication.  It is also a much cleaner signal than many, taking up just a few hundred hertz as opposed to kilohertz and is much less likely to cause TVI or EMC.  Give it a try, you may be surprised at just how easy it is.  It is also much easier to build a CW transmitter and receiver than it is to build one for phone so if you fancy a go at homebrewing some kit, this is probably the first thing to look at – a crystal oscillator, a buffer, an amp and a key to turn it on or off (not forgetting harmonic filters after the final stage so as not to annoy other users).

QSO Stats per mode 29-03-15

QSO STATS 29-03-15

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 5th April 2015.

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QRP 365 Update 12

It’s Sunday March 22nd 2015 and I have now completed week 12 of my QRP 365 Challenge.  For those who are new to this, this means that for the whole of the year, 2015, I shall use no more than 5W and just CW or Datamodes, no phone at all.  At least one QSO a day – hence 365.

So how did I do this week?

15/03/15: OK1JMJ, 5W, CW on 14.040MHz, a distance of 649mi (1047km) / 129.8mi (209.4km) per Watt.

16/03/15: IK1LRY, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 980mi (1569km) / 196mi 9313.8km per Watt.

17/03/15: IK0OEE, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 999mi (1612km) / 199.8mi (322.4km) per Watt.

18/03/15: RW3PT, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

18/03/15: SV2FPI, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1374mi (2216km) / 274.8mi (443.2km) per Watt.

19/03/15: IV3IIM, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 817mi (1317km) / 163.4mi (263.4km) per Watt.

19/03/15: SP50PAB, 5W, PSK31 ON 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1008mi (1626km) / 201.6mi (325.2km) per Watt.

19/03/15: OH5GJZ, 5W, PSK125 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1163mi (1876km) / 232.6mi (375.2km) per Watt.

20/03/15: F4FSY, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 565mi (912km) / 113mi (182.4km) per Watt.

21/03/15: UX0KR, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of  1149mi (1854km) / 229.8mi (370.8km) per Watt.

22/03/15: Sj2W, 5W, CW on 14.053MHz, a distance of 1095mi (1766km) / 219mi (353.2km) per Watt.

22/03/15: SP90IARU, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1095mi (1766km) / 219mi (353.2km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RW3PT with a cracking 1851 miles (2985km) worked.  I am pleased to report that two of the contacts above were made using CW.  One was last Sunday (15/03/15) after I had completed my report for week 11 and the other was today.  The last one in the above report list is a special event station (SP90IARU) being run by SP7AH celebrating 90 years of IARU and 85 years of PZK.

Next week will be the first quarter completed (week 13) and so will be accompanied by stats for the 1st quarter complete with a graphical analysis.

I am still continuing to call CQ using CW for the first 1/2 hour of my daily session and still not getting replies most of the time .  If we do wish to keep this mode alive it really does need using.  People may consider it difficult and out of date or unnecessary but it is all part of the history of what is a fascinating hobby and means of communication.  It is also a much cleaner signal than many, taking up just a few hundred hertz as opposed to kilohertz and is much less likely to cause TVI or EMC.  Give it a try, you may be surprised at just how easy it is.  It is also much easier to build a CW transmitter and receiver than it is to build one for phone so if you fancy a go at homebrewing some kit, this is probably the first thing to look at – a crystal oscillator, a buffer, an amp and a key to turn it on or off (not forgetting harmonic filters after the final stage so as not to annoy other users).

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 29th March 2015.

 

Categories: QRP CHALLENGE 2015

QRP 365 Update 11

It’s Sunday March 15th 2015 and I have now completed week 11 of my QRP 365 Challenge.  For those who are new to this, this means that for the whole of the year, 2015, I shall use no more than 5W and just CW or Datamodes, no phone at all.  At least one QSO a day – hence 365.

So how did I do this week?

09/03/15: DL7GAL, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 534mi (861km) / 106.8mi (172.2km) per Watt.

10/03/15: EU1ACX, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1155mi (1863km) / 231mi (372.6km) per Watt.

10/03/15: RA9O, 5w, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 2507mi (4043km) / 501.4mi (808.6km) per Watt.

11/03/15: LY2BOS, 5W, JT65 on 21.076MHz, a distance of 1006mi (1622km) / 201.2mi (324.4km) per Watt.

11/03/15: DM6KW, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a  distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

12/03/15: OM8GT, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 990mi (1596km) / 198mi (319.2km) per Watt.

13/03/15: DB7HH, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 461mi (743km) / 92.2mi (148.6km) per Watt.

14/03/15: UT5PY, 5W, PSK63 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1405mi (2266km) / 281mi (453.2km) per Watt.

14/03/15: RA3OS, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz. a distance of 1701mi (2744km) / 340.2mi (548.8km) per Watt.

14/03/15: RA1TCJ, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1286mi (2074km) / 257.2mi (414.8km) per Watt.

15/03/15: R4FAM, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1847mi (2979km) / 369.4mi (595.8km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RA9O with a cracking 2507 miles (4043km) worked.  I would have liked to have done more during the weekend but this morning the BERU Contest is in full swing on the CW portion of the bands and my screen looked like a game of space invaders in the data portion due to the EA Data contest.  Although I am sure I could have worked many, I am not including contest scores in the blog as this is against the principal of managing a full QSO on QRP levels of power.

I am still continuing to call CQ using CW for the first 1/2 hour of my daily session and still not getting replies most of the time .  If we do wish to keep this mode alive it really does need using.  People may consider it difficult and out of date or unnecessary but it is all part of the history of what is a fascinating hobby and means of communication.  It is also a much cleaner signal than many, taking up just a few hundred hertz as opposed to kilohertz and is much less likely to cause TVI or EMC.  Give it a try, you may be surprised at just how easy it is.  It is also much easier to build a CW transmitter and receiver than it is to build one for phone so if you fancy a go at homebrewing some kit, this is probably the first thing to look at – a crystal oscillator, a buffer, an amp and a key to turn it on or off (not forgetting harmonic filters after the final stage so as not to annoy other users).

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 22nd March 2015.

 

QRP365 QSO Stats per mode. 08/03/15.

QSO STATS 08-03-15

Stats to date per mode.

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QRP 365 Update 10

It’s Sunday March 8th 2015 and I have now completed week 10 of my QRP 365 Challenge.  For those who are new to this, this means that for the whole of the year, 2015, I shall use no more than 5W and just CW or Datamodes, no phone at all.  At least one QSO a day – hence 365.

So how did I do this week?

02/03/15: EW4TT, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1073mi (1730km) / 214.6mi (346km) per Watt.

02/03/15: R4LO, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

03/03/15: UR3ES, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1503mi (2424km) / 300.6mi (484.8km) per Watt.

03/03/15: OK2BEH, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 776mi (1252km) / 155.2mi (250.4km) per Watt.

04/03/15: UR4UHE, 5W, JT65 on 21.076MHz, a distance of 1319mi (2127km) / 263.8mi (425.4km) per Watt.

05/03/15: YU7HC, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1046mi (1687km) / 209.2mi (337.4km) per Watt.

06/03/15: UA5D, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz. a distance of 1533mi (2472km) / 26.6mi (494.4km) per Watt.

06/03/15: UR7EG, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1573mi (2537km) / 314.6mi (507.4km) per Watt.

06/03/15: LY1CZ, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1000mi (1613km) / 200mi (322.6km) per Watt.

06/03/15: SP9UXB, 5W, JT65 on 21.076MHz, a distance of 850mi (1371km) / 170mi (274.2km) per Watt.

07/03/15: US7IS, 5W JT65 on 28.076MHz, a distance of 1405mi (1647km) / 281mi (329.4km) per Watt.

08/03/15: E75C, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1021mi (1647km) / 204.2mi (329.4km) per Watt.

08/03/15: UR3ES, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1503mi (2424km) / 300.6mi (484.8km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was R4LO with a cracking 1851 miles (2985km) worked.  It was a surprise to hear 10m open on Saturday morning giving me a new band slot for US7IS.  I would have liked to have done more radio over the week but a heavy workload and then a domestic emergency (central heating fault) on Saturday got in the way.

I am still continuing to call CQ using CW for the first 1/2 hour of my daily session and still not getting replies most of the time .  If we do wish to keep this mode alive it really does need using.  People may consider it difficult and out of date or unnecessary but it is all part of the history of what is a fascinating hobby and means of communication.  It is also a much cleaner signal than many, taking up just a few hundred hertz as opposed to kilohertz and is much less likely to cause TVI or EMC.  Give it a try, you may be surprised at just how easy it is.  It is also much easier to build a CW transmitter and receiver than it is to build one for phone so if you fancy a go at homebrewing some kit, this is probably the first thing to look at – a crystal oscillator, a buffer, an amp and a key to turn it on or off (not forgetting harmonic filters after the final stage so as not to annoy other users).

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 15th March 2015.

 

QRP 365 Update 9

It’s Sunday March 1st 2015 and I have now completed week 8 of my QRP 365 Challenge.  For those who are new to this, this means that for the whole of the year, 2015, I shall use no more than 5W and just CW or Datamodes, no phone at all.  At least one QSO a day – hence 365.

So how did I do this week?

23/02/15: UW3QU, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHZ, a distance of 1691mi (2728km) /338.2mi (545.6km) per Watt.

24/02/15: R3NA, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1635mi (2637km) / 327mi (527.4km) per Watt.

25/02/15: F4FSY, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 565mi (912km) / 113mi (182.4km) per Watt.

26/02/15: ES3BR, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1056mi (1704km) / 211.2mi (340.8km) per Watt.

26/02/15: DG5VO, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

27/02/15: YO5OO, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1145mi (1846km) / 229mi (369.2km) per Watt.

28/02/15: EW4TT, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1073mi (1731km) / 214.6mi (346.2km) per Watt.

28/02/15: HA7XC, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 998mi (1610km) / 199.6mi (322km) per Watt.

28/02/15: RW6HKF, 5W, PSK31 on 21.07015MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

01/03/15: RD1AJ, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RW6HKF and RD1AJ with a cracking 1851 miles (2985km) worked.  I did hear LU5EW in Sao Paulo, Argentina, and tried to work him but my 5W just wouldn’t carry that far this morning.  Maybe next time.

I am still continuing to call CQ using CW for the first 1/2 hour of my daily session and still not getting replies most of the time .  If we do wish to keep this mode alive it really does need using.  People may consider it difficult and out of date or unnecessary but it is all part of the history of what is a fascinating hobby and means of communication.  It is also a much cleaner signal than many, taking up just a few hundred hertz as opposed to kilohertz and is much less likely to cause TVI or EMC.  Give it a try, you may be surprised at just how easy it is.  It is also much easier to build a CW transmitter and receiver than it is to build one for phone so if you fancy a go at homebrewing some kit, this is probably the first thing to look at – a crystal oscillator, a buffer, an amp and a key to turn it on or off (not forgetting harmonic filters after the final stage so as not to annoy other users).

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 8th March 2015.