A few weeks ago, I commented on making a 2,020 mile contact into San Diego, California. I also mentioned using headphones and the "quite operation" of the telegraph key. Honestly....I think 90% of the long distance contacts (especially with the current band conditions on 40 meters) will be in the late and early mornings hours.
This afternoon I received my QSL card from WB6HGJ.
The notes on the back of the card read:
John....QRP QSO's (even one way) have great meaning for me !! Your card has become part of my QRP "photo album" collection! I was running about 90 watts with the old Collins--it was a ruff copy but a lot of true QRP work is that way!! Hope to catch you again!! VY 73 Guy.
ps...I use a FT817 for qrp.
I feel the same way...... because this distance is rare for a 5 watt station using an indoor antenna!
It's not only rare for me to work California (QRP on 40 meters), it's also rare to have a station to hear me at this distance.
I was right about his rig...It's a Collins 32v2-75a4 and he was using an inverted V Antenna.
You need a set of "ears" like this to hear 5 watt signal on the East Coast!
I'll also keep this card in my photo album.