Goodbye K3 and UrbanBeam

The new KY6R Station The new antenna – Diamond 80/40M Inverted Vee up 60′. The KY6R Magnetic Loop to the left – waiting for me to have the time to finish that project The AB-577 stays (for now) I’d be super surprised if the KY6R Magnetic Loop performs (nearly) as good as the Inverted Vee, but that’s not saying too much. Inverted Vee’s have…

Solar Powered QRP – KX-3

KX-3 with Begali Adventurer Last Thanksgiving, on vacation, I brought the KX-3 and threw a wire I the trees. It was very casual and fun. The things I will keep are the KX-3 and my Begali keys and the AB-577 tower. I will put up an 88′ ladder line doublet, and it will be up 65′. It will be oriented NE and SW. I…

FREQ 300 #46: EA6NB – Balearic Island

I haven’t been very active Ham Radio wise – but it was a nice surprise to work EA6 QRP in Summer We do usually get some decent EU DX on 40M during summer evenings. EA6NB is a beacon though – you can hear him almost always. He was one of my first DX QSO’s back in 2001 – when I started DXing. My wife…

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…