Hi to all,
I'm a disabled ham who operates completely Qrp at only 5 WATTS or less using a home-brewed 12 volt PMA wind generator to power my MADE IN AMERICA FANTASTIC PERFORMING Elecraft KX-3 station..
I really enjoy chasing dx late at night on 20 and 40 meters. I have a 20 meter SSB sked on the weekends with a dear old friend ZS1RJQ. Mike is family to me and we go back many,many years now. Mike and I are both cancer survivors. I would have never met him if it hadn't been through ham radio. As of late Peter -ZS1PZ and ZS1PA- PJ joins Mike and me on these 20 meter skeds. Peter and PJ are nice guys and real good operators. I always look forward to my ZS Land skeds with my good friends.
Just about every night on 40 meter LSB I talk with my friends Joan,Georges,Fedy, and Nick. EA3BOX -Joan is my neighbor in beautiful Catalonia( INDEPENDENCE FOR CATALONIA NOW!) F4BEW- my BROTHER -Georges resides in wonderful Southern France. Fedy-LZ2ZF and Nick-LZ1JY are constantly the strongest signals I've ever heard from Bulgaria.
Also when conditions are favorable I try to check into ON7TQ's 40 meter European Group that's usually on around 7.160Mhz + - a few Khz. Roger's a great guy and he runs a outstanding 40 meter group from Belgium. I really enjoy talking to my dear friends-Roger and MW0VOW(also C91B)- Beth from Wales on this superb net. Both Roger and Beth usually have SUPERB SIGNALS WITH CLEAN CRISP AUDIO.
Nightly stateside 40 meter contacts include my friends G1VGT/W0, W9SJB/7,W0YY,WA7M,W1MBB, and W2JUQ just to name a few.
Afternoons you can find me talking to my friends/Brothers on the 14240 Group .Thus far, I'm the only Qrp operator in this unique group. Truly ALL are outstanding operators and gifted orators. I am real proud to belong to this wonderful brotherhood of the 14240 Group.A GREAT BUNCH OF DECENT HAMS!
Qrping HAS BEEN A TOTAL BLAST FOR ME OVER THE MANY DECADES OF BEING A HAM. I really enjoy the challenges that each QSO presents to me. Plus the satisfaction knowing I made that contact with only a few watts not having to be QRO or use a Kilowatt to make that contact. Won't you please consider turning your power output down to 5 watts and give Qrping a try?? You might be pleasingly surprised on just how much FUN it is to operate at Qrp. Again, please give it a try. Thanks.
So far, as of 25 November 2015---on HF I have 328 countries worked with 326 confirmed via Qrp at 5 watts or less. On the Magic Band-6 meters I have 137 countries. On 2 meters I have 31 states and 3 countries confirmed.**Also please read the note below from one of the owners of Elecraft- Wayne Burdick- N6KR**
On 7/6/2014 9:48 PM, Wayne Burdick wrote:
Hi all, I wanted to acknowledge what is, to the best of my knowledge, a unique feat by Don Bush, WA2TPU. He has achieved DXCC (over 100 countries worked) on every ham band from 160-6 meters, excluding 60 meters, running 5 watts or less for all QSOs. He used a mix of modes, and 100% natural power (off the grid, in other words). He used a variety of transceivers. Don was issued the only 10-band QRP DXCC certificate in the history of QRP ARCI on April 4th, 2014. (In fact he was also issued the only 8- and 9-band QRP DXCC certificates a couple of months earlier. I'm not sure if 11 bands is even possible, but I'm sure he'd go for it :) It takes a lot of persistence to pull this off. Don did it over about 30 years, using various hand-built log-periodics, Yagis, quads, delta loops, Sterba curtains, phased verticals, rhombics, etc. I'm hoping to see his station someday. Thanks, Don, for giving a lot of us something to aspire to! 73, Wayne N6KR
I build ALL of my antennas with the help of my son-Donnie. On HF I have used multi-element vertical arrays, extremely long vee beams , mono-band Delta loops, and Log periodics. I've also tried and used Bruce Arrays, Sterba Curtains and Rhombics with good results . I change my HF antennas frequently because I really enjoy experimenting in trying to get more gain so you folks can hear my 5 watt Qrp Green station better. Please keep checking back here to see what antennas I am building.
*****Currently, I'm using a 200 METERS PER SIDE Vee Beam- apex up at 13 meters sloping to 10 and 12 meters and radiates bi-directionally to South Africa and the North West..... This 656 feet per side Vee Beam is used on 6 thru 20 meters. On 40 meters I have vertically polarized 10 Element Bruce Array running East to the West for North and South radiation of my Qrp signal. As of the 20th of November 2015 I now also have up in air a 3 element wide spaced vertically polarized 40 meter Delta Loop Array aimed at my friends(MW0VOW, ON7TQ, EA3BOX, F4BEW, and LZ2ZF) in Europe and beyond . Lastly,for 2 meters just a simple very long Quagi fed with "hard-line" I do have "some" photos of these antennas IF you might to see these MONSTERS!! hi hi Just please send me an email...******
Antennas, antennas, antennas.....I'm quite serious about building high gain antennas THAT WORK WELL!!
Direct QSL's to my PO Box 36 if you want my card. I DO QSL 100% WHEN I RECEIVE YOUR CARD.
My best regards and many 72/73.
Don sr.- WA2TPU -A TRUE ALL AMERICAN MADE 5 WATT OR LESS QRP GREEN STATION.
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