Ten Tec Argonaut V
After making 160M DXCC and 9BDXCC, which was 5 years after making DXCC Honor Roll, I have been struggling to figure out what would keep me interested in Ham Radio. The answer could be the one thing I tried to get into when I was inactive from 1977 until 2001, and that is QRP. In the 1980’s I tried getting into QRP, and it was because low power and CW seemed to be the perfect challenge. That lasted a year or so. I built Heathkit HW-8, SST by Wayne of Elecraft fame, and several others. But it didn’t hold my interest.
Part of me wants to limit myself to QRP and CW and become a died in the wool QRPer. Here is why:
I’m trying to figure out what the best CW QRP rig ever made was / is. I sort of think the K3. CW is the main reason for me to stay in Ham Radio – I absolutely love “living history”, and my CW skill lets me make believe I’m a telegrapher back in the 1800’s. Its especially fun since I work in a very historically significant city – San Francisco, and between the railroad and the gold rush – you can still find peaks into that era even as you walk around SF today.
What is funny is how my CW skill makes me feel like I’m a part of “living history”.