The diminutive Elecraft KX-2
My “very serious” DXing days lasted from 2001 – 2013 for Honor Roll, and I stayed high energy “OCD” throughout about 2016, mainly because of my involvement as co-organizer of VK0EK. Heard Island is my last ATNO.
My wife said I could go to Heard Island, and after some soul searching I knew where I drew the line. I was an unapologetic armchair DXer, and had zero interest in going – I was actually kind of surprised, because I had had some thoughts previous about some day going on a DXpedition.
So, what was all that DXCC jazz about?
I loved those years and have fond memories. Besides work, there are very few things in my life that I stuck with that long. In fact, that “run” was about as long as my first marriage. I find that pretty funny, actually.
Getting the SW-3 on line was a pretty easy challenge, but the Gold Dust Twins were a bigger deal. They were fun for the education and the challenge.
I see QRP and improving my CW as the next challenge. It really works because at the bottom of the cycle, any HF QSO is great, and QRP makes it even a bigger deal.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my IC-7300 – it’s a keeper, especially since mine cost $900 something – the best value rig I’ve ever had.
I found a KX-3 is as new condition for half what it plus it’s accessories would cost, so one will arrive here next week.
The Red Hot 40 and NorCal40A are collector items like the Gold Dust Twins – cool rigs to put on the air from time to time.
Let’s see where this QRP path takes me.