## QRP 365 Update 43

It’s Sunday October 25th 2015 and I have now completed week 43 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?

19/10/15: DK8EI, 5W, CW on 7.025MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

20/10/15: OK2RM, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km) per Watt.

20/10/15: UA3YPL, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1431mi (2308km) / 286.2mi (461.6km) per Watt.

21/10/15: DL2IAD, 5W, CW on 7.023MHz, a distance of 418mi (674km) / 83.6mi (134.8km) per Watt.

22/10/15: US5XD, 5W, CW on 14.028MHz, a distance of 1454mi (2345km) / 290.8mi (469km) per Watt.

22/10/15: F5GPE, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 605mi (976km) / 121mi (195.2km) per Watt.

23/10/15: SP7SMF, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 843mi (1360km) / 168.6mi (272km) per Watt.

23/10/15: SP4B, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 843mi (1360km) / 168.6mi (272km) per Watt.

24/10/15: EA7GR, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 959mi (1547km) / 191.8mi (309.4km) per Watt.

24/10/15: ON3CQ, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 272mi (439km) / 54.4mi (87.8km) per Watt.

25/10/15: IK3TYB, 5W, CW on 14.044MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was US5XD with a cracking 1454mi (2345km) worked. What is most impressive is that for once this was managed using CW and for the 1st time the greatest distance worked during a one week period has been a CW contact as opposed to PSK or JT65. A little patience on both sides can enable a decent QSO to be made using what is, in effect, a dated mode. Also worth a mention is the contact with DL2IAD as this was a 2 way QRP contact with both of us transmitting <5W CW.

An interesting and enjoyable week using different modes – CW, PSK and JT65 – to obtain several countries. I am getting more and more confident on the key (paddles) now. Practice certainly does make perfect (or at least better).

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 1st November 2015.

## QRP 365 Update 42

It’s Sunday October 18th 2015 and I have now completed week 42 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?

12/10/15: R3WF, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1492mi (2406km) / 298.4mi (481.2km) per Watt.

13/10/15: IK4UXA, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 782mi (1262km) / 156.4mi (252.4km) per Watt.

14/10/15: UX7QD, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1596mi (2574km) / 319.2mi (514.8km) per Watt.

15/10/15: HG6ITU, 5W, PSK63 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 952mi (1535km) / 190.4mi (307km) per Watt.

16/10/15: US0GJ, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1454mi (2345km) / 290.8mi (469km) per Watt.

17/10/15: GB2B, 5W, CW on 7.026MHz, a distance of 472mi (759.6km) / 94.4mi (151.9km) per Watt.

17/10/15: SP7HP, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 846mi (1364km) / 169.2mi (272.8km) per Watt.

17/10/15: IK3FUS, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 745mi (1202km) / 149mi (240.4km) per Watt.

18/10/15: DL5YL, 5W, CW on 7.023MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was UX7QD with a cracking 1596mi (2574km) worked.

An interesting week using different modes – CW, PSK and JT65 – to obtain several countries. Would have done more but work and family life got in the way again and these things must take priority over what is, in the end, a hobby. Was good to work a couple of JOTA stations yesterday and I did note that the CW portion of all bands was taken up with the Worked All Germany contest this morning making it very difficult but at least I managed one.

*And “Sudden”ly there was sound – the Sudden RX from the G-QRP Club with own meter design.*

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 25th October 2015.

## QRP 365 Update 41

It’s Sunday October 11th 2015 and I have now completed week 41 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?

05/10/15: RA6YZ, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1906mi (3075km) / 381.2mi (615km) per Watt.

06/10/15: UY5IC, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1701mi (2743km) / 340.2mi (548.6km) per Watt.

07/10/15: SV9/M0NPT/P, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1717mi (2769km) / 343.4mi (553.8km) per Watt.

08/10/15: UT5MD, 5W, CW on 14.012MHz, a distance of 1454mi (2345km) / 290.8mi (469km) per Watt.

08/10/15: US5QO, 5W, PSK31 on 14.070715MHz, a distance of 1582mi (2552km) / 316.4mi (510.4km) per Watt.

08/10/15: R2EA, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (469km) per Watt.

09/10/15: DF60OVGZ, 5W, CW on 7.021MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

10/10/15: R3NA, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1635mi (2637km) / 327mi (527.4km) per Watt.

11/10/15: IZ8QKJ, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1069mi (1725km) 213.8mi (345km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was RA6YZ with a cracking 1906mi (3075km) worked.

An interesting week using different modes – CW, PSK and JT65 – to obtain several countries. Would have done more but work and family life got in the way again and these things must take priority over what is, in the end, a hobby. However, DF60OVGZ was an interesting one on Friday – if you are using a CW station why choose such a long call? Even if it is a special event call….

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 18th October 2015.

## QRP 365 Update 40

It’s Sunday October 4th 2015 and I have now completed week 40 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?

27/09/15: OEA5DNO, 5W, CW on 14.024MHz, a distance of 959mi (1547km) / 191.8mi (309.4km) per Watt.

28/09/15: OK1DBS, 5W, CW on 14.034MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km) per Watt.

29/05/15: S57CH, 5W, CW on 14.014MHz, a distance of 834mi (1345km) / 166.8mi (269km) per Watt.

29/09/15: ER1PB, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1339mi (2159km) / 267.8mi (431.8km) per Watt.

29/09/15: SP6LUP, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 809mi (1305km) / 161.8mi (261km) per Watt.

30/09/15: SP9UXB, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 850mi (1371km) / 170mi 9274.2km) per Watt.

30/09/15: SP7CKU, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 843mi (1360km) / 168.6mi (272km) per Watt.

01/10/15: DK7JI, 5W, CW on 7.012MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

01/10/15: OM3DM, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 919mi (1482km) / 183.8mi 9296.4km) per Watt.

02/10/15: IT9SUQ, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1291mi (2083km) / 258.2mi (416.6km) per Watt.

02/10/15: 9A6T, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 889mi (1434km) / 177.8mi (286.8km) per Watt.

02/10/15: YO2LAU, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1229mi (1982km) / 245.8mi (396.4km) per Watt.

03/10/15: Z63MED, 5W. CW on 14.031MHz, a distance of 1224mi (1975km) / 244.8mi (395km) per Watt.

03/10/15: IW3IEH, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

03/10/15: G3VRU, 5W, CW on 7.030MHz, a distance of 22mi (33km) / 4.4mi (6.6km) per Watt.

04/10/15: US2MA, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1454mi (2345km) / 290.8mi (469km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was US2MA with a cracking 1454mi (2345km) worked.

A much more active week for me on HF. with some reasonable DX worked on 5W CW. A big thank you must go out to G3VRU with whom I managed a full QSO even though I got his call wrong a couple of times. I purchased the Yaesu SCU-17 data interface to go with the FT-DX1200 and, once figuring out how to install the virtual COM ports on the laptop (download from Yaesu website) I was up and running with PSK and JT65 – I haven’t tried it out on RTTY, PACTOR or any of the other data modes available yet.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 11th October 2015.