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 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 very fisrt WAZ QRP. I had a home-brew 4 element Cubical Quad at the time. I now use the Cushcraft - X9 up 20 meter high and still run 5 watts. My recent contact with VU7AG and FT5ZM gave me 341 countries confirmed (13 deleted) with 5 watts. On February 21, 2010 I decided to try for DXCC with 1 watt. On April 4, 2010 I reached #100. Presently my 1 watt total is 234 entities. I guess I should try 100 milliwatts next! How low can you go?
On 10 March, 2014 I worked the 40th Zone for WAZ with one watt (Award #9145). See the May 2014 CQ Magazine for my "How Low Can You Go" chart.
Since April 2010, I have worked some tough ones with one watt. 1A0KM, 9K2GS, 9M6NA, A45XR, A61AS, A71CV, BD4FM, BV2013LF, DU3/N0QM, EA9EU, JT5DX, JX9JKA, OD5ZZ, RI1FJ, SU9VB, TA3D, TT8TT, V85TL, VR2UW, XT2FCJ, and XV2RZ.
And, my electric bill is soooo low
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