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 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, and Fedy EA3BOX -Joan is my neighbor in beautiful Catalonia( INDEPENDENCE FOR CATALONIA NOW!) F4BEW- my BROTHER -Georges resides in wonderful Southern France. Fedy-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,G1VGT/W0, W9SJB/7,W4DEP,KC4VO,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.
***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 2016 I HAVE REACHED MY QRP GOAL OF 330 COUNTRIES on HF. I now have 331 countries worked with 330 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 LONG 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 and sometimes on 30 and 40 meters too. For strictly 40 meters(my favorite band) I have vertically polarized 8 Element Bruce Array running East to the West for North and South radiation of my Qrp signal--this is quite a MONSTER of a antenna and really, really works as a decent "gang/pile-up busters." As of 16 April 2016 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 from each other. I am in the "experimental" stages of using this new antenna....and thus far its performing very well on 40 thru 20 meters. 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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