I’m Retiring from the ARRL DXCC and QRO and Going 100% QRP

I’ve been having a blast running QRP only with my KX-3 for several months now Our week in Bend so far has just been wonderful. Even though my antenna is about as compromised as I would ever want: Seriously compromised end fed portable QRP antenna (for DX) – but its works great for NVIS! I’m having a blast – because my expectations are “commensurate…

FREQ 300 #32: UA0LCZ – Asiatic Russia

UA0LCZ was S9 +10 and easily worked with 5 watts OC-Pac and Asia have always been easy, and UA0 especially. Now I know its not just QRO, but QRP as well. The “hits keep coming” and all I can say is that 40M CW rules – there is no better Ham Radio pursuit in my book than 40M DX-ing, and specifically CW. If it…

FREQ 300 #28: TI7W – Costa Rica

TI7W had a huge signal – and is in a small “sprint” before CQ WW Ah yes – I remember back in the day – when I could work a bunch of new one’s during a contest. Those good ol’ days are back again.

Is The Elecraft KX-3 the Best Portable QRP Rig Ever?

The Amazing Elecraft KX-3 QRP Transceiver Years ago – when I when I was hot and heavy in the DXCC Honor Roll chase – I purchased a KX-3 so I would have “something” when I traveled away from home. I used it when visiting several places in Oregon and Utah. I distinctly remember thinking “This rig sounds a lot better than the K3”. At…

QRP DX: The Ultimate Challenge

The “Mythical” Diablo DXers of the East Bay of San Francisco When I got back into Ham Radio in 2001 my goal was DXCC Honor Roll. My specific goal was Honor Roll with 100 watts and wire antennas. Then I bumped that up to 200 watts when I purchased a Yaesu FT-1000D Mark II – or whatever that rig was. I almost hit 300…

QRP SDR Style: The Last Bastion

Now that I am firmly into my latest DX pursuit – the Free Range QRP DX 300 Challenge, I can say that I no longer am interested in QRO of any type – my IC-7300 has started collecting dust. I almost should have called the pursuit The Free Range QRP CW DX 300 Challenge, because I am quickly becoming CW only. I literally am…