FREQ 300 #30: HR9/N3AD – Honduras

… and number 30 rolls in with this cool little “pre CQ WW” CWT sprint

FREQ 300 #29: PJ4/K4BAI – Bonaire

John at his super contest station. QRP was never easier. Another CWT “warm up” for CQ WW 

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.

FREQ 300: #23 (BG2AUE) and #24 (PJ2ND)

BG2UE on 30M I worked BG2AUE on 30M where we were both in daylight. 30M is a strange band – most of the year I think it behaves like 40M, but today – as we get closer to the Winter Solstice – it behaved a lot more like 20M. All of this with zero sunspots, at the bottom of the cycle, and me with…

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…

KY6R is Now Solar Powered!

I have everything wired up now – 5 watts QRP being charged with this arrangement Wow – I did not expect to feel this great about going solar. I just made another band – mode QSO with VP6R, and while Pitcairn is no big deal distance wise – it is still respectable and decent DX. In fact, ANY DX made with 5 watts QRP…

“Rare DX” is a Relative Thing (K7TRI QSL Card!)

My first FREQ 300 QSL Card – K7TRI – Tillamook Rock – NA-211 NA-211 is rated #28 on the IOTA list – and wanted by over 90% of all IOTA chasers. Since the last time it was activated, in many ways, it is just as rare as many DXCC Southern Oceans entities. There are many more IOTA entities than DXCC entities, so relatively speaking…

FREQ 300 #21: VP6R – Pitcairn Island

VP6R – Pitcairn Island – easy one call on 20 and 30M Pitcairn Island is about twice as far as Hawaii, but its very much “garden variety” from the West Coast. With QRO I have it on 160 – 10M, meaning everywhere I have ever pursued with the DXCC program. SO, its not exciting from a QRO perspective. HOWEVER, this being the bottom of…

ZK3A on 80M – QRP (5 Watts)

The QRPers Scratchpad is full of hope . . .  I keep a scratchpad and write down stations that I want to work with 5 watts. Each and every QRP “counter” – regardless of your pursuit – is a big victory. This means you can work the next state over – or heck – county – and feel like you just “won”. This is…