FREQ #22: French Polynesia – FO/K5PI

Another easy one call 5 watt QRP QSO – French Polynesia It feels like its been a while since my last QRP counter, but its only been just over a week. I’m in no hurry, and I still am amazed at what you can work with 5 watts. I will say this – your timing when you call is everything – there is no…

FREQ 300 #19: Tokelau – ZK3A

ZK3A was very easy on 17M – I even heard them on 12 and 15M today I guess with just one sunspot group, the higher bands opened nicely. Combine this with Tokelau only being about 4500 miles away and an all salt water path – and it was a nice day for DXing. I had been away for 10 days, so my last “new…

FREQ 300 #18: FK8CJ – New Caledonia

FK8CJ – New Caledonia – both a DXCC and IOTA counter There are many locations that are both DXCC and IOTA counters. Some, like Vancouver Island – are Canada and an IOTA counter. With something like that, I would use the IOTA number as a counter – especially since I already had VE7 for Canada. In this case – its an either or situation…

FREQ 300 #15: 9M62MM – West Malaysia

Special Event Station 9M62MM – 62nd Anniversary of Malaysian Independence The operator, Nazmi was very good – a good CW op and he was able to pull me out of the noise. Its the 3rd farthest DX QSO – after Perth, Australia and Sri Lanka, and the second most “exotic” DXCC counter after Sri Lanka. It can be argued that the most exotic station…

FREQ 300 #12: CB70E – Chile

Chilean Logo – and Special Event Station – from their QRZ page It was fun and easy to work Chile tonight on 40M CW. The last several mornings I have heard 9V, BA, 3D2 and others – with no luck. Then all of a sudden, Chile is easy. I also have had no luck bagging OA during the evenings. QRP at 5 watts is…

FREQ 300 #11: The “5C5 Mystery”

Mystery Parts . . .  Yesterday I worked someone who sent 5C5TLM, and so it leaves me guessing what their real call is. The closest thing that seems like it could be a ham call would be HC5TLM. AHA! The DXFun Cluster has a history of Luis, HC5TLM spots. SO I will log this one for FREQ #11. His sending was good enough –…

FREQ 300 Milestone: #9 – 4S7AB

Kamal, 4S7AB with his 2 element Quad worked easily with 5 watts. Amazing! Perth, VK6 is still the MPW / KPW (miles per watt / kilometers per watt) champion QSO, but this QSO is second – and would be more “rare” if it weren’t for Kamal – who is a beacon from Sri Lanka. Its pretty amazing that I could expect to work India…

FREQ 300 QSO #8: D73F – South Korea

Special Event Station D73F Logo – South Korea D73F was pounding in here – and it was about 2 hours before his sunset. He did have a hard time hearing me – but I am sure it would have been better if he was in the greyline. As it was, he sent K6YR – which I get from time to time just because the…

Free Range 300 QRP DX Logo

My good friend Jeff, K1NSS did it again – created something fun and whimsical. Part of what I love about Ham Radio and especially DXing is that we all can get our technical and non technical skills exercised and put to good use. There are many operating activities – contests and awards, and DXpeditions that require a certain amount of marketing, better known as…

FREQ 300 and Cycle 25 Prediction

Image from https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/solar-cycle-25-preliminary-forecast It looks like we can expect Cycle 25 to start up anytime in the next year. If the bottom of the cycle lasts as long as last bottom (Cycle 23 to 24), then expect it to be further out – or, maybe we will get lucky (and I’m betting we will), the bottom of this cycle won’t be as long as last…