My Most Recent QSO's

Thursday, August 13, 2009

QRP Submarine (N3AQC/MM)

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work some old Navy Ships and Submarines from the Outer Banks of North Carolina but I couldn't make the connection.

This morning, from West Virginia, I was in the right place at the right time.

I was able to work the USS REQUIN (SS-481/SSR-481) as part of a Special Event sponsored by the North American QRP CW Club.

I started to listen for them around 1500z and at 1545z I heard them working another station. When I tried the "first" contact, their signal vanished into thin air. I frantically sent QSB SRI I lost U and added "will try agn later".

My hopes rose again at 1625Z when they surfaced once more. I recognized the N3AQC/MM call immediately and sent my call sign. This time, QSB was reaching a high point, and I completed the QSO.

This contact is also credit as a "club station".

I've worked this "Club Station" about 5 times in the last few weeks and at 5 points each, they're starting to add up to a lot of 'quick' points. My first "awards" were with this club, and I can't say enough good about them.

The most important thing is EVERY contact with this club is a QRP contact.

Last week, while in New York, I worked Austria, Germany, and the Ukraine. Germany was using the least power at 400 watts and a beam.
But my most exciting contact was a QRP station in Washington state. Coast to coast with a good signal report.....

Working a Submarine (QRP to QRP) is also going to be memorial.

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