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QRP365 Update 53

December 31, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Thursday December 31st 2015 and I have now completed week 53 of my QRP 365 Challenge and the 365 days of the challenge so this will be my last entry for this series.  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 (part) week (remember it has only been four days since the last Sunday update)?

28/12/15: 9A15YOTA, 5W, CW on 7.011MHz, a distance of 911mi (1470km) / 182.2mi (294km) per Watt.

28/12/15: OF9X, 5W, CW on 7.022MHz, a diatance of 1309mi (2112km) / 261.8mi (422.4km) per Watt.

28/12/15: ON90IARU, 5W, CW on 7.015MHz, a distance of 272mi (439km) / 54.4mi (87.8km) per Watt.

29/12/15: R90IARU, 5W, CW on 14.025MHz, a distance of 2507mi (4043km) / 501.4mi (808.6km) per Watt.

30/12/15: DL8SBX, 5W, CW on 7.014MHz, a distance of 469mi  (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

30/12/15: SN90IARU, 5W, CW on 14.017MHz, a distance of 843mi (1360km) / 168.6mi (272km) per Watt.

30/12/15: II2YOTA, 5W, CW on 14.025MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi 9307.4km) per Watt.

31/12/15: OK7FL, 5W, CW on 7.019MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km per Watt.

As can be seen, the best distance worked this week was 2507mi (4043km) and this was with R90IARU on 20m.  I was also pleased to work OF9X (Santa) again as a treat for my last week.  Was good to hear and work a few Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) stations using CW as well.

An interesting and enjoyable week. All CW this time – to obtain several countries.  Now that my year’s activity challenge has concluded it is time for some stats relating to how I did:

  • Total number of QSOs:  619
  • Of which using CW:       194
  • Of which using DATA:     425
  • #of DXCC entities:         59
  • Greatest distance worked:     4066miles (6558km) with AA2A and K4TCG. This gives 813.2 miles or 1311.6km per Watt.
    All the above were achieved using just 5W output from radio into either a 40m off centre fed dipole (HW-40HP) or 20m off centre fed dipole (HW-20HP).  Until August 2015 I used a Kenwood TS-480SAT, a Yaesu FT-817ND and various home brew sets and from September 2015 I used a yaesu FT-DX1200.  Most of my CW contacts were made in the latter part of the year after obtaining the FT-DX1200 whereby the clarity of the audio improved greatly (amazing how much difference a decent DSP and roofing filter makes).
    Now 2016 fast approaches with all its new challenges for the radio amateur and I shall continue to write the occasional blog with activity and achievements throughout the year (although possibly not weekly) so please do keep on reading.

 

CDG9w2TW4AA5cIF_thumb QRP all the way with the G-QRP Acorn in a mint tin….

 

Hoping all my readers had a Merry Christmas 2015 and wishing them a Happy New Year 2016.

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QRP365 Update 52

December 27, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday December 27th 2015 and I have now completed week 52 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?

21/12/15: II2YOTA, 5W, CW on 14.030MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

22/12/15: DM750FOR, 5W, CW on 14.024MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

23/12/15: OZ4NE, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 975mi (1572km) / 195mi (314.4km) per Watt.

24/12/15: HA3GZ, 5W, CW on 14.008MHz, a distance of 952mi (1535km) / 190.4mi (307km) per Watt.

24/12/15: HG5XMAS, 5W, CW on 14.017MHZ, a distance of 952mi (1535km) / 190.4mi (307km) pe Watt.

25/12/15: DL2WO, 5W, CW on 7.024MHz, a distance of 469mi (757km) / 93.8mi (151.4km) per Watt.

25/12/15: OK1AUZ, 5W, CW on 14.034MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km) per Watt.

25/12/15: SV2DSJ, 5W, CW on 21.029MHz, a distance of 1416mi (2284km) / 283.2mi (456.8km) per Watt.

26/12/15: F5IN, 5W, CW on 7.016MHz, a distance of 430mi (694km) / 86mi (138.8km) per Watt.

27/12/15: UT5KF, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 1151mi (1857km) / 230.2mi (371.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen, the best distance worked this week was 1416mi (2284km) and this was with SV2DSJ on 15m.  It was actually good to hear some openings on 15m.  However, the winner for the best QSO has to go to HG5XMAS.  This is the Hungarian XMas activity group and there was one hell of a pile up for it. 

An interesting and enjoyable week using different modes – CW, JT65 and PSK – to obtain several countries.  Less than one week remaining now and then we will be into 2016 and I shall be drawing up conclusions of this year’s experiment.

CDG9w2TW4AA5cIF QRP all the way with the G-QRP Acorn in a mint tin….

 

Hoping all my readers had a Merry Christmas 2015 and wishing them a Happy New Year 2016.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Thursday 31st December 2015.

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QRP 365 Update 51

December 20, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday December 20th 2015 and I have now completed week 51 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?

13/12/15: OF9X, 5W, CW on 10.124MHz, a distance of 1309mi (2112km) / 261.8mi (422.4km) per Watt.

14/12/15: T77C, 5W, CW on 14.023MHz, a distance of 858mi (1384km) / 171.6mi (276.8km) per Watt.

14/12/15: S51Z, 5W, CW on 14.023MHz, a distance of 854mi (1377km) / 170.8mi (275.4km) per Watt.

15/12/15: G3MCK, 5W, CW on 7.025MHz, a distance of 22mi (36km) / 4.4mi (7.2km) per Watt.

16/12/15: HB9DAX, 5W, CW, on 14.060MHz, a distance of 573mi (924km) / 114.6mi (184.8km) per Watt.

17/12/15: IZ6TGS, 5W, CW on 14.043MHz, a distance of 956mi (1542km) / 191.2mi (308.4km) per Watt.

18/12/15: F5URG, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 430mi (694km) / 86mi (138.8km) per Watt.

18/12/15: UE56N, 5W, CW on 7.018MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

19/12/15: DG2PHE, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 501mi (808km) / 100.2mi (161.6km) per Watt.

20/12/15: UA3IQC, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

As can be seen, the best distance worked this week was with 1851mi (2985km) and this was shared between two Russian stations – UE56N(40m) and UA3IQC on 20m.  However, the winner for the best QSO has to go to OF9X (Old Father 9 Xmas). After all, how often do you get to have a QSO with Santa using CW?

An interesting and enjoyable week using different modes – CW and PSK – to obtain several countries.  Only 2 weeks remaining now and then we will be into 2016 and I shall be drawing up conclusions of this year’s experiment.

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Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas 2015 and a Happy New Year 2016.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 27th December 2015.

QRP365 Update 50

December 13, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday December 13th 2015 and I have now completed week 50 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?

07/12/15: OK2RN, 5W, CW on 14.026MHz, a distance of 722mi (1164km) / 144.4mi (232.8km) per Watt.

08/12/15: IZ5OVP, 5W, CW on 14.025MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

09/12/15: RU3ZL, 5W, CW on 14.015MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

10/12/15: 9A90IARU, 5W, CW on 14.024MHz, a distance of 911mi (1470km) / 182.2mi (294km) per Watt.

11/12/15: RA3ZF, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

12/12/15: OM7LW, 5W, CW on 14.033MHz, a distance of 922mi (1487km) / 184.4mi (297.4km) per Watt.

12/12/15: RU6AV, 5W, CW on 28.008MHz, a distance of 1528mi (2464km) / 305.6mi (492.8km) per Watt.

12/12/15: RY6Y, 5W, CW on 28.026MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

12/12/15: LZ4TX, 5W, CW on 28.023MHz, a distance of 1363mi (2199km) / 272.6mi (439.8km) per Watt.

12/12/15: RK3ER, 5W, CW on 28.023MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

12/12/15: RV3FF, 5W, CW on 28.029MHz, a distance of 1851mi (2985km) / 370.2mi (597km) per Watt.

12/12/15: ER4A, 5W, CW on 28.014MHz, a distance of 1339mi (2159km) / 267.8mi (431.8km) per Watt.

12/12/15: US8IM, 5W, CW on 28.023MHz, a distance of 1454mi (2345km) / 290.8mi (469km) per Watt.

13/12/15: US2MT, 5W, CW on 14.019MHz, a distance of 1454mi (2345km) / 290.8mi (469km) per Watt.

As can be seen, the best distance worked this week was with 1851mi (2985km) and this was shared between three Russian stations – RU3ZL (20m), RA3ZF (10m) and RY6Y (10m).

The seven QSOs that I managed on 10m yesterday were during the ARRL 10m Contest, which I believe is still running until 2359 today.  Although I am not actively taking part in this contest and will not be entering a score it was interesting to see how much activity there was on a band that is for all means rather dead most of the time currently.  Love them or hate them, at least the contests keep the bands alive.

An interesting and enjoyable week using different modes – CW and PSK – to obtain several countries.  Only 2 weeks remaining now and then we will be into 2016 and I shall be drawing up conclusions of this year’s experiment.

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Circuits become so small – this is a silicon oscillator (UHF) on a chip. The penny is for size comparison.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 20th December 2015.

QRP365 Update 49

December 6, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s Sunday December 6th 2015 and I have now completed week 48f 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?

30/11/15: IZ0UIJ, 5W, PSK31 on 14.07015MHz, a distance of 957mi (1544km) / 191.4mi (308.8km) per Watt.

01/12/15: OM2015TITANIC, 5W, CW on 14.027MHz, a distance of 922mi (1487km) / 184.4mi (297.4km) per Watt.

01/12/15: DJ8SW, 5W, CW on 7.023MHz, a distance of 423mi (682km) / 84.6mi (136.4km) per Watt.

02/12/15: IK4RSR, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

03/12/15: SP3QYJ, 5W, JT65 on 14.076MHz, a distance of 742mi (1196km) / 148.4mi (239.2km) per Watt.

04/12/15: EW3BF, 5W, CW on 14.013MHz, a distance of 1195mi (1927km) 239mi (385.4km) per Watt.

05/12/15: ER18KDR, 5W, CW on 14.034MHz, a distance of 1339mi (2159km) / 267.8mi (431.8km) per Watt.

06/12/15: IK2CRG, 5W, CW on 7.015MHz, a distance of 953mi (1537km) / 190.6mi (307.4km) per Watt.

As can be seen the best DX this week was ER18KDR on the 5th with a cracking 1339mi (2159km) worked.

An interesting and enjoyable week using different modes – CW and PSK – to obtain several countries.  Only 3 weeks remaining now and then we will be into 2016 and I shall be drawing up conclusions of this year’s experiment.

49er completed. Pixie, 7.023MHz.

Until next update..

Next update will be on Sunday 13th December 2015.