woensdag 22 juni 2011

More than 1000 MPW eQSL's from the CQ MM DX contest.

Using the lowest possible power in a contest QSO is not so difficult as it seems. In the CQ MM DX contest I was suprised by the excellent propagation, which made it possible to work with stations in South America and North America with just 1 W or 2.5 W.

2 Way QRP QSO with Brasil

After 8 QSO's with 1 W and 2.5 W, I heard PY2WC calling CQ, so I tried 2.5 W.
I fell off my chair when Waldir answered: SAQ, which means that he was using QRP and this was a 2 way QRP QSO. It was only after a few QSO's, also with 2.5 W, I realised that I could have made the QSO with a lower power.
More than an hour later I heard Waldir again and made a second QSO, but now with 1 W (980 mW). Thank you Waldir for a new DXCC in QRPp, thus less than 1000 mW.

Tip: Just make a second contest QSO, with a lower power if you can.
My most memorable very low power QSO with 0.85 mW with RT6A is a Dupe. hi

"More than 1000 MPW" QSO's

This list shows only the 1000 MPW QSO that are confirmed via eQSL.
I actually made many more 1000 MPW QSO's in the CQ MM DX.

After I receive an eQSL, I determine the distance using the QTH Locator and the Miles per Watt.
I place the 1000 MPW info in the comment field of the return eQSL.
E.g. 2.5 W and 6062 miles to GG66un gives 2425 miles/watt - 73, Bert

Power Overview

Most QSO's were made on 21 MHz.
Although I made many DX QSO's 34% of the QSO's were made with QRPp.
And 70% with more than 1000 MPW.

The Soapbox:

In total I made 56 QSO's in the CQ MM DX contest. I worked SA, NA EU and SA. I had great fun.
My RIG is a FT-817 and the antenne is an Inverted Vee.
I always use QRP, but never a fixed power of 5 watts.

Thanks to all the excellent operators that made this contest QSO's possible.

7 opmerkingen:

  1. Congratulations Bert,

    Excellent, excellent, excellent...amazing isn't it? Sure wish I could say the same here in the valley but seems there's NOTHING happening. Openings on the 20 meter band are only brief minutes and gone.

    Such was YU2VZ in Serbia this afternoon but all he could copy was N80....and the band closed as quickly as it opened. It's been very frustrating the last couple of weeks.

  2. Mooi gedaan Bert. Zo zie je maar contesten hoeft niet alleen maar wedstrijd winnen te zijn. Je kan er ook andere dingen mee doen. Geweldige afstanden met zulk laag vermogen...73, Bas

  3. Hallo Bert, dat is een heel mooi resultaat. Dat moet natuurlijk kicken zijn als je Brazilië zo hoort binnenkomen. 73 Paul

  4. Hallo Bert,
    Ardderchog as we say in Wales..

    Excellent PY contact on cw ....73 de Mark

  5. Good morning Bert, very nice work and it spur's me on to get out with less. I find as you did that contests are a very good time to hit the QRPp road and see what you can catch.

  6. Weer goede resultaten Bert. Ik zit te popelen om te kunnen verhuizen naar een huis waar een fatsoenlijke antenne geïnstalleerd kan worden.
    Helaas, de verkoop gaat niet vlot.

    73, Tjeerd

  7. Hello gentlemen,
    Thank you for your comments. Yes, contests are great, for winning an award or just simply to make nice QSO's and have fun. But I must say in this contest in April Propagation and Actvity went hand in hand.
    Good to see we all love to QRP and most of all enjoy Radio. Thanks.
    73, Bert