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Hi to all,

I'm a disabled ham who has been operating many decades as a  completely Qrp station at  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  40 meters. I have a 40 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   joins Mike and me on these 40 meter skeds. 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, and Fedy EA3BOX -Joan is my neighbor in beautiful Catalonia( INDEPENDENCE FOR CATALONIA NOW!) F4BEW- my BROTHER -Georges resides in wonderful Southern France. Fedy another brother -LZ2ZF is the strongest signal 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 WA7M,KC4VO,W1MBB, and W2JUQ just to name a few.


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.

***A very special note***.....I closed out my 2016 with very special and memorable FANTASTIC 7.162 Mhz 3 way  LSB Qso with my dear friend Gavin- WA7M and my new friend Jim - 3D2JS  on Fiji at 05:46 UTC on 31 December,2016. A QSO THAT I WILL ALWAYS TREASURE. Thanks Gavin and Jim.

So far, as of 1 Feburary  2017 I HAVE REACHED MY QRP GOAL OF 330  COUNTRIES on HF. I now have 336 countries worked with 335 confirmed via Qrp at 5 watts or less. On the Magic Band-6 meters I have 138 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 

Thanks, Don, for giving a lot of us something to aspire to!


I build ALL of my antennas. 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 nearly 300 METERS LONG PER SIDE Vee Beam- apex  up at 12 meters sloping to 6 meters and radiates bi-directionally to SW and NE.... This 900 feet per side Vee Beam is used on 6 thru 40 meters with superb results . For strictly  40 meters(my favorite band)  as of December 2017  I've built a 3 element vertically polarized 40 meter Delta Loop Collinear Array using 1 1/2 wavelength long Delta Loops spaced 1/2 wavelength apart and thus far its performing very well on 40  meters radiating N + S. On 2 meters I use a long Quagi.

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.


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PU5DUD 2014-01-28 10m SSB GH49eq Brazil Renato César Mendes
K4WAL 2014-01-27 40m CW EM70ep United States Wilbur A Long
KP2JS 2014-01-17 40M SSB FK77pr US Virgin Islands JOHN E SUNKEL
VE5XB 2014-01-16 40m SSB DO81ht Canada Albert J Leroi
KD5UVV 2013-12-29 40m SSB EM50FM United States Dale
AB0AL 2013-12-18 40m SSB EM61lc United States James A Hamric
N4ZED 2013-12-13 40m SSB EM74xg United States Ken
J69AZ 2013-11-30 40m SSB FK93mv St Lucia ANCLETUS ERNEST
N4ZED 2013-11-29 40m SSB EM74xg United States Ken
PY2VI 2013-11-24 15m SSB GH49eq Brazil IGOR ALEXANDRO FERREIRA
ZS1VV 2013-11-24 15m SSB KF05pw South Africa Wessie
AB0AL 2013-11-22 40m SSB EM61lc United States James A Hamric
PY2VI 2013-11-18 15m SSB GH49eq Brazil IGOR ALEXANDRO FERREIRA
AB0AL 2013-11-16 40m SSB EM61lc United States James A Hamric
J69AZ 2013-11-15 40m SSB FK93mv St Lucia ANCLETUS ERNEST

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