My Most Recent QSO's

Friday, June 1, 2012


I've enjoyed the QRP efforts this month and have been concentrating on the waterholes for low power stations. I enjoy these contacts and have had some very long QSO's.

Most have been in the 300-500 mile range and several have been QRP stations. I intend to work many more like these as I've become numb to "quick handshakes" from long range, super power stations with massive antenna's. I find it almost mundane and with little challenge or fun. Lets face it; with my simple station, all the work is on the other station.

It's nice to talk to hams in towns I've often traveled through on trips to New York and North Carolina. I find it challenging to work weak stations that can be worked only on the peaks as they dip in and out of the noise. It makes the other station very happy too.

My favorite club is the North American QRP CW Club. They sent out request for newsletter stories about operating in the field. I wrote a 800 word article which should appear in the next issue. It can be read from their website link on the right side of this blog.  The NAQCC club members are all QRP CW operators. In my opinion, the cream of the crop on the bands today.


Paul Stam PAØK said...

Hi John, I like your new header. Very nice picture of the shack. What kind of log is that? Is that a sort of online log? 73 Paul

Jspiker said...

Hello Paul,

The log is a snippet from my "Microsoft Outlook" program which comes with the installed software package of Windows 7.

I like the way I can re-arrange all the data and sort it out in any way I choose. Works great and it's very functional. It's a nice way to keep e-mail and confirmations also.

I also have an online logbook on QRZ.COM.

Paul Stam PAØK said...

Hi John, never tried this feature of Microsoft Outlook. Thanks for the explanation. I use log too. 73 Paul

Jspiker said...

Hello Paul,

I can sort and filter to get frequency, GMT, cities, states, countries, QRP OP's , club members etc.

The list is almost endless as I create categories for all kinds of stuff. It works very well.

VE9KK said...

Good evening John, very nice assortment of contacts. Yes I miss the QSO type QRP contact. I have been concentrating on DXCC and most of the time that is 599 and they move on to the next contact. During the weekend is my time for sit down QRP QSO's.

VE9KK said...

P.S. I tried the link to NAQCC and it seems to not be working at this time but I will give it a go later looking forward to reading your piece.

Larry W2LJ said...


I also really like your new header photo. Great looking shack - simple, but elegant.

Larry W2LJ

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike and Larry,

Thanks for the kind comments about the picture of the shack. It's about a simple as it gets. Hihi

I'll make another post about the newsletter article on the NAQCC site when it appears. It should be there in about another week.