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.
Nightly stateside 40 meter contacts include my friends G1VGT/W0, W9SJB/7,W0YY, KB8OTM 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. Everyone including K1QS,AA2WC,K4MPI,W9RG, W0RIC,K0IYA,9Y4D,9K2MU and the rest of the gang are "old school" hams. 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!
I'm also a member of QRP ARCI - my number is #4761.This fantastic organization is for Qrp hams all over the planet and reflective of everything that is truly Qrp.
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 28 January 2015---on HF I have 323 countries worked with 322 confirmed via Qrp at 5 watts or less. On the Magic Band-6 meters I have 137 countries. **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 6 Element Bruce Array . Lastly, a vertically polarized 80 meter Delta Loop******
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 QRP GREEN STATION.
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