I sent an e-mail, with an attached log book, to the North American QRP CW Club this morning. I've been procrastinating on my long distance contacts for far too long now. It's interesting to note, in the log book, that the vast majority (15) of my 1000 MPW contacts are on 20 meters. Despite living at almost sea level, on the valley floor, in town, with an eleven story apartment building next door, I still make plenty of contacts and have enormous fun with a simple station.
The little 18" Isotron antenna is a surprising little rascal, and even more surprising, it's indoors and mounted on a painters pole which is bungee corded to a bed railing in an upstairs room. It's fed with 10 feet of coax cable.
It's also interesting to note that ALL my 1000 MPW contacts have been made with Morse code. I've never made a 1000 mile per watt contact with 5 watts of SSB power, or even with 10 watts of SSB power. I think this speaks volumes about the efficiency of Morse code operation. If you don't know it, learn it. It will double your fun on the bands. It's VERY efficient.
I'm hoping my achievements will appear on the NAQCC web site soon after my newsletter story appears in the next issue. The log book shows four different stations in Bulgaria, five stations in France, one each in Spain, Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Moscow Russia (on 40 meters), Sweden, and Germany. In addition to these, I've worked Puerto Rico and Washington state with 1 watt of power. I made a big effort to reduce my power below 5 watts last year and it paid off well.