The sun has been smiling on me since the beginning of the new year.
In the last 23 days, I've worked three different stations on 20 meters at better than 2,000 miles and a few days before Christmas, I actually worked a DX station in Italy at 4,724 miles.
Yesterday, I worked another Washington State station. NG7Z (also K3Y/7) is located in Bothell, Washington (near Seattle) and had a fantastic signal here on the East coast! (599) He was at 2,121 miles.
A day earlier, I worked N6WK in Santa Ana California. He was a K3Y/6 operator. He was at 2,038 miles.
But my prize catch, and the longest distance yet, was a QRP station!
I worked KD6SX on January 14th at a distance of 2,127 miles.
He wins my six miles!
George (KD6SX) is located in the small "gold rush" town of Oroville, California at 500 ft elevation. I realize this is a rare event but it shows the possibilities of QRP power under the right conditions. A few sunspots and the right time of day causes some really good "bounces" across the country.
George was also using an Icom 703 @ 5 watts but a three element beam. I was using my 20 inch indoor Isotron antenna.
Update: Worked Paul ( K3Y/7 ) AGAIN this evening (1-29-10) on 20 meters (different frequency this time) and got a 569 report! He has an unbelievable signal (599+) here on the east coast!