Saturday, June 28, 2014

Getting around on 500 milliwatts

I brought my Yaesu 817 into the shack to explore very low power operation.  I don't have an attenuator for my other rigs, and the 817 allows me to transmit as low as 0.5 watts.  I didn't have luck calling CQ on 40 or 30 meters, but multiple stations on the Reverse Beacon Network consistently reported my signal.   However, several ops were great in digging out my signal when I replied to their calls.

30mAA0YYMO0.59721944
40mKE4TWITN0.58131626

Mark, AA0YY came right back to me with a 579 signal report.  We had a brief chat despite ending up in the edge of some pileup.  That QSO represented 1,944 miles per watt.

Thanks also goes to James, KE4TWI who answered my call with a 339 report.  We had solid coopy at both end, his signal from Watertown, Tennessee.  That adds another state to my 1000 MPW log.

73/72
Phil, N1DN

Thursday, June 26, 2014

D-Day Challenge


Words related to D-DAY, including the beaches of Normandy, make up the June NAQCC Alphabet Challenge.   This was the first time I participated in their monthly Challenge.  I have to admit that I had a lot of fun.  I've spent a great deal of time this month operating QRP.   Bascially, you use the letters and numbers of call signs you've worked to spell out words included in the month's challenge.

 Most words came pretty quickly early in the month.  Finding all the Rs was a little harder.  That final T was the most difficult!  WA4FAT in Birmingham, AL came to my rescue.  I had a lot of fun and plan on participating regularly.  I finished up on Friday, right before Field Day.   Hey, just in time to start the NAQCC Field Day Challenge!

Here's my list of works, and Call Signs I used.  Thanks to all for the contacts.

UTAH – KD8DEU KT1K AB3AP OE7WRH
OMAHA – ON7LB CO8RRM AB3AP OE7WRH AB3AP
GOLD – N7IGK ON7L  ON7LB KD8DEU
JUNO – WA2QAJ KD8DEU N5KIP CO8RRM
SWORD – F6BSQ EW8CP CO8RR  CO8RRM KD8DEU
OVERLORD – OE7WRK OH6NPV EW8CP CO8RRM ON7LB OE7WRH OE7WRH KD8DEU
6JUNE1944 – F6BSQ WA2QAJ EU1FY N5KIP EW8CP SV1ENG KC9W K4GM K4GM
NORMANDY – ON7LB OH6NPV CO8RRM CO8RRM AB3AP ON7LB KD8DEU EU1FY
INFANTRY - N5KIP EA6NB F6BSQ EA5HPX EA6NB WA4FAT CO8RRM EV1FY
PARATROOPS - N5KIP EA5HPX RA9DZ EA6NB KT1K OE7WRH OH6NPV WF8O N5KIP F6BSQ
SAILORS - LA5SAA EA6NB N5KIP LA5SAA WF8O RA9DZ LA5SAA
AIRMEN – LA5SAA WM9I W2NRA WM9I OE7WRH N7IGK
ARMOR – LA5SAA W2NRA WM9I WF8O N4RAY