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QRP 365 Update 39

September 27, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday September 27th 2015 and I have now completed week 39 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?

21/09/15: OH6FSU, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1069mi (1724km) / 213.8mi (344.8km) per Watt.

23/09/15: 9H1KR, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1420mi (2291km) / 284mi (458.2km) per Watt.

24/09/15: RT1Q, 5W, CW on 14.027MHz a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

27/09/15: E74X, 5W, CW on 14.019MHz a distance of 1024mi (1652km) / 204.8mi (330.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RT1Q with a cracking 1851mi (2985km) worked.

Unfortunately I missed out a few days this week.  On the Tuesday, conditions were so poor I was unable to make any contact and then on the Friday and Saturday I was busy at the UK National Hamfest in Newark.  It was good to see so many people there and hear some nice comments on my QRP 365 activities – seems it is really encouraging others to pick up the key and have a go again after seeing what can be done, even on today’s crowded bands.

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M0CVO Antennas at the National Hamfest with help from Debbie.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 4th October 2015.

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QRP 365 Update 38

September 20, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday September 20th 2015 and I have now completed week 38 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?

15/09/15: RA1TU, 5W, CW on 14.018MHz, a distance of 1378mi (2223km) / 275.6mi (444.6km) per Watt.

16/09/15: II2IAOG, 5W, CW on 14.015MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

16/09/15: S51WO, 5W, CW on 10.114MHz, a distance of 820mi )1322km) / 164mi (264.4km) per Watt.

18/09/15: IV2VMI, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi 9307.4km) per Watt.

19/09/15: IW6CZF, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 917mi (1479km) / 183.4mi (295.8km) per Watt.

19:09/15: OK1DXU, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km) per Watt.

19/09/15: DK1IO/P, 5W, CW on 7.028MHz, a distance of 422mi (680km) / 84.4mi (136km0 per Watt.

19/05/15: SM6TOL, 5W, CW on 7.030MHz, a distance of 904mi (1458km) / 180.8mi (291.6km) per Watt.

19/09/15: SK6AW, 5W, CW on 7.028MHz, a distance of 904mi (1458km) / 180.8mi (291.6km) per Watt.

19/09/15: SM6DHU, 5W, CW on 7.027MHZ, a distance of 586mi (945km) / 117.2mi (189km) per Watt.

19/09/15: OH2T, 5W, CW on 7.024MHz, a distance of 1170mi (1887km) / 234mi (377.4km) per Watt.

19/09/15: IM5D, 5W, CW on 7.023MHz. Not sure of distance as QSB was bad and missed his locator.

19/09/15: SE7S, 5W, CW on 7.022MHz, a distance of 904mi (1458km) / 180.8mi (291.6km) per Watt.

19/09/15: OH2B, 5W, CW, ON 7.020MHz, a distance of 1170mi (1887km) / 234mi (377.4km) per Watt.

19/09/15: SM6BZV, 5W, CW on 7.016MHz, a distance of 625mi (1051km) / 125mi (210.2km) per Watt.

19/09/15: SK6HD, 5W, CW on 7.0145MHz, a distance of 659mi (1063km) / 131.8mi (212.6km) per Watt.

19/09/15: SM5V, 5W, CW on 7.009MHz, a distance of 904mi (1458km) / 180.8mi (291.6km) per Watt.

20/09/15: LA8FTA, 5W, CW on 7.018MHz, a distance of 697mi (1125km) / 139.4mi (225km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RA1TU with a cracking 1378mi (2223km) worked. Last night there was nothing on the telly after David Attenborough finished so I switched the radio back on and was surprised at the amount of “workable” activity on 40m.  It turned out that it was the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW) so I gave a few points away as can be seen above in the list.  Amazing what can be achieved when only using 5W.  However, I think the ones I am most proud of this week were II2IAOG, who was operating from an Italian Naval Vessel, S51WO, who is a WW2 veteran and only operates and DK1IO/P, Reinhard as we had to struggle quite a bit due to the awful band conditions at the time and severe QSB.

Unfortunately I missed out two days this week.  The first was on Monday 14th September, as we were hit by a massive thunderstorm and I didn’t fancy using my antennas as an earth rod for a lightning strike.  The second was on Thursday 17th as band conditions were so bad that I was unable even to work (or hear) anything on Data.

20150920_085038The log book at M0CVO….

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 20th September 2015.

QRP365 Update 37

September 13, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday September 13th 2015 and I have now completed week 37 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?

06/09/15: EW4TT, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1073mi (1731km) / 214.6mi (346.2km) per Watt.

06/09/15: EA5WO, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 959mi (1547km) / 191.8mi (309.4km) per Watt.

07/09/15: HA3PT, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz,  a distance of 962mi (1552km) 192.4mi (310.4km) per Watt.

09/09/15: SV1DAR, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1552mi (2504km) / 310.4mi (500.8km) per Watt.

10/09/15: GW0MYY, 5W, CW on 7.031MHz, a distance of 123mi 9198km) 24.6mi (39.6km) per Watt.

11/09/15: RA3GKT, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1673mi (2698km) / 334.6mi (539.6km) per Watt.

12/09/15: ZB2CW, 5W, CW on 14.030MHz, a distance of 1178mi (1900km) / 235.6mi (380km) per Watt.

12/09/15: RM1T, 5W, CW on 14.012MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

13/09/15: UA3LSX, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1347mi (2172km) / 259.4mi (434.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RM1T with a cracking 1851miles (2985km) worked.  I know it was a club station and probably their antennas and operating skills did most of the work but it just goes to show that vast distances can be achieved using CW at QRP levels.  However, I think the one I am most proud of this week was ZB2CW, Derek, in Gibraltar for a new CW DXCC, as this also meant working through the pile up that was trying to work him.

Unfortunately the band conditions have not been the most favourable this week.  Although we missed the CME produced by the sun, we did manage to run into the solar wind which left us with a K of 8 and a G3 geomagnetic storm, effectively wiping out much of the HF spectrum.  The QSO with GW0MYY was made extremely difficult due to the sever QSB which meant I was unable to hear him at all on occasions.  On those days that all seemed lost, I managed to work some using data modes (JT65 and PSK) but on the 8th even this was not possible.

Time for some statistics:

  • CW:            28
  • Data:          370
  • Year Total: 398
  • DXCC:        47

CDG9w2TW4AA5cIF radio in a mint tin – the Acorn as supplied by Kanga Kits and the G-QRP Club.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 20th September 2015.

QRP365 Update 36

September 6, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday September 6th 2015 and I have now completed week 36 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?

31/08/15: DL3RDM, 5W, CW on 14.012MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

01/09/15: I1ATL, 5W. CW on 14.050MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

02/09/15: 9A2N, 5W, CW on 14.021MHz, a distance of 911mi (1470km) / 182.2mi (294km) per Watt.

03/09/15: EG2SDC, 5W, CW on  14.033MHz, a distance of 878mi (1413km) / 175.6mi (282.6km) per Watt.

03/09/15: II3PAN, 5W, CW on 14.027MHz, a distance of 776.2mi (1249.1km) / 155.24mi (249.82km) per Watt.

04/09/15: DJ3WEK, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

05/09/15: OK7M, 5W, CW on 14.024MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km) per Watt.

05/09/15: HA9RT, 5W, CW on 14.025MHz, a distance of 952mi (1535km) / 190.4mi (307km) per Watt.

05/09/15: R6AF, 5W, CW on 14.031MHz, a distance of 1810mi (2911km) / 362mi (582.2km) per Watt.

06/09/15: US5CO, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015 MHz, a distance of 1420mi (2291km) / 284mi (458.2km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was R6AF with a cracking 1810miles (2911km) worked.

Plenty of CW QSOs this week including a couple of contest stations on Saturday as I thought I should try to operate a little faster and give away a few points.  Naughty I know but love them or hate them, contests do test both your equipment and your skills/operating proficiency. on Friday (4th) and today (6th) though I reverted to using digimodes – JT65 and PSK as there was a drop in audible traffic making a CW QSO impossible (esp at QRP levels).  I tried on 40m also but those signals on there were only just above the noise floor and QSB made them difficult, if not impossible to decode.

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Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 13th September 2015.