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QRP 365 Update 43

October 25, 2015 Leave a comment

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).

A761JdACAAEQTZt The Sudden Receiver (G-QRP)

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 1st November 2015.

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QRP 365 Update 42

October 18, 2015 Leave a comment

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.

A8FFS-1CcAAV7U2 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

October 11, 2015 Leave a comment

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….

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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.

yaescu17 The Yaesu SCU-17 interface

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 11th October 2015.