My Most Recent QSO's

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2,000 + Miles Again


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!

5 comments:

Paul - PC4T said...

Hi John, well done! Your Isotron seems to be a good antenna. Wonderful job. I think you have enough low angle radiation from the Isotron. 73 Paul

Jspiker said...

Hello Paul,

I continue to be amazed at these antennas because of my location here in the valley and they are mounted "indoors".

I'm looking forward to the next "beach" trip on the North Carolina coast and maybe a 4,000 ft trip in the mountains this spring.

reforming-emerging said...

John nice blogsite
I found it today. Relatively new to qrp here and share the same excitement you do check a site cincinnati qrp and I will mark yours as a favorite of mine. Would like to sked wid u sometime. 73 kevin w8kj

QRP Station M6RDP said...

Hello John

Congratulations on KD6SX - lovely to work 2-way QRP. I haven't done it that often but it gives me a real buzz! 73 Adam

Jspiker said...

I have a little over 150 in the book now. Always my biggest joy every time I work another one.