I continue to make progress towards "new awards" from the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC). It was with great pleasure last night, that I worked another nine club members in the July Sprint. Although band conditions weren't that great, I managed to work eight different states, all of which were on 40 meters.
I Don't See This Very Often:
I'm sure my standing will change as more members submit their log books today. But for now....I'm ecstatic.
Here's a list of those I worked on 40 meters last night.
I've been having a conversation with NAQCC co-founder John Shannon (K3WWP) about my goals in these events. I've determined mine to be "doing the best with what I have" since contesting often becomes a system where "money" and "equipment" often mean everything.
Not so, with these QRP events!
In essence, there's a tremendous reward in challenging a competition with yourself. Considering my simple station and my location here in the valley, this is the path for me to follow.
Working stations with 5 watts and of which are using "simple wire antenna's" is a challenge.
I like this! It puts everyone on a level playing field.
I received flowers (soapbox comments) from N9RLO in Indiana for my 599 signal. I heard him with the same signal strength. I always respond to these praises by jokingly saying it's the result of my 5 watt HF signal bounding off the "gold dome" of the capitol building, just up the street. I also worked a Canadian station. (VE3FUJ)
Check out the NAQCC Club site on the web...I keep at link on the right side of my blog. It cost NOTHING to join this fun club and you'll be amazed at the fun 5 watts and simple antenna will bring to you.
The club newspaper is an interesting read. The July edition is online at the website now.