K7TRI: And Then There Were Three

THIS is the most exciting DXpedition for me in years! Yes, Bouvet is the BIG BIG deal – but its pretty cool that with 5 watts – and knowing how rare NA-211 is – that I’ve worked them on 40, 30 an 20M – with my UrbanBeam. Sure – if I were to try to work 3Y0I – I’d have a full gallon, but…

Are We Not Men?

I’m asking for a friend . . .

First Day of Real Fall Weather

We had real clouds today – not fog – and it was a nice crisp fall day I did check weather in September, and while September and the first half of October usually is a lot more like Summer, we get these days where we get “teased” that Fall is on its way. Today was such a day, and I am loving it. We…

FREQ 300 #16 – West Kiribati – T30L

Their signal was only just starting to build – but they heard and responded to my QRP “gnat fart” signal, one call This T30L is simply awesome – they are working the “edges” like pro’s. #16 in the bag.

Break Like The Solar Wind

Aaaaaaah Yes, Spinal Tap . . . Some days you turn on the radio, and poof! nothing but frying pan noise. Such is the case as an earth directed blast of broken wind blows past our collective cosmic nostrils. Yes – another “good one” I’m sure the FT8 folks are doing just fine, but, like Brawndo’s electrolytes, its CW that I crave. These are…

ICOM IC-705

The NEW ICOM IC-705 portable QRP rig Now that I have heard that is DOES NOT have an internal antenna tuner (and that one is not mentioned in their specification sheet) – fuggetaboutit – I will pass on this rig. I am not concerned about power drain as much as the SOTA folks, but without an antenna tuner – it seems like a major…

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…

DXing: Just Do It!

No More “Mr. Slave to DXCC” . . .  I used to join the crowd who (especially when there weren’t many DXpeditions going on) would commiserate about this DXCC Entity or that one, and some Self Righteous Clown would just throw out “DX IS!” to try to stop the discussion. Truth is – all of us were Self Righteous Clowns – pontificating about a…

FREQ #14: LU7YS – Argentina

LU7YS is in the Southern part of Argentina I had a nice email chat with my friend Elliot, N6PF, and he and I agree that this Free Range 300 DX CW Challenge could be a “thing”. I have to say, the more I get into it – the more it makes so much sense. When the DXCC “ATNO’s Needed” are burning a hole in…

FREQ 300 #13: IOTA NA-210 – Sledge Island

IOTA NA-210: Sledge Island WOW – now I’m feeling pretty smug about mixing it up with IOTA and DXCC entities. When using QRP, you need something that is “different” than just one or the other – more variety means much lower frustration because there are more opportunities to work DX – and real DXpeditions. I just realized that any IOTA DXpedition is a real…