I'm pleased with my QRP contacts this year. Despite the many people that discouraged me with comments like "you won't make many contacts" and "they send so fast you'll never be able to copy them", I've found QRP to be the only mode I'll probably ever use in this hobby. Since retirement, I've made over 500 contacts from my "simple station" located near the State Capitol building here in West Virginia.
Considering my elevation of about 640 ft, with two small hills (400 ft) on each side of me, and an "eleven story apartment building" next door, I haven't found any of the above "moaning and groaning" disclaimers to have any truth in them. I also operate with the disadvantage of using an "indoor antenna" because of "historical regulations" in this area.
There are times when I'm not on the air for weeks and I don't work a lot of "contest stations" but I worked 254 new stations last year (of which 147 were fellow QRP operators) and increased my DX contacts by 14 countries. I also earned my "1000 mile per watt" award.
I worked my first DX station (Rome Italy) on 40 meters this year. (that says a lot about recent propagation). Most of last years contacts were with a solar flux in the upper 60's and mid 70's.
My DX contacts last year were: Italy, France (2), Bulgaria, Portugal, Luxembourg, Germany (3), Czech Republic, Austria, Southern Ukraine, Belgium, and the Baleric Islands (off the eastern coast of Spain). I worked 6 different islands, 5 lighthouses and 9 club stations.
I'm not into "statistics" and I'm sure some QRO stations (with big ears) work this many stations in a week, but they don't have any more "fun" than I do with my QRP station. Despite the DX contacts last year, I still get the same "bang" out of working every station and sending my QRP suffix with my call sign.
There's STILL nothing like making a 2 X QRP contact with another station and I get the most excitement from these contacts. I worked a QRP station this year "coast to coast" in Canada.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming year and more QRP contacts and have developed friendships with several European Hams. I feel like we're all part of a big family on this small "big blue marble" in the universe. Radio has enlightened my view on life and has made me more conscious of "having much more in common than we have differences" with all people in the world.