I'm almost always QRPp with 5 watts or less. I got my first license at the age of 13 as K2CBB. My Dad (K4LBF) was a ham, and now my two boys are both hams. (KE5GL & N5TER). When higher frequency transistors first became commercially available, I started designing small CW transmitters and started operating QRP running 7 watts input (4.8 watts output).This was in the early 1960s. I found I could work the world with low power & a good antenna. In 1971 I finally was able to work UA0YT to give me the rare zone 23 and the fisrt WAZ QRPp. I had a 4 element Cubical Quad at the time. I now use the Cushcraft - X9 20 meter high and still run 5 watts. My present count is 342 countries confirmed. On February 21,2010 I decided to try for DXCC with 1 watt. On April 4, 2010 I reached #100. I guess I should try 100 milliwatts next! How low can you go?
Since April 2010, I have worked some tough ones with one watt. A45XR, BD4FM, BV2013LF, DU3/N0QM, JT5DX, JX9JKA, RI1FJ, SU9VB, TT8TT, and V85TL. And my electric bill is soooo low
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