At 318 countries(316 confirmed) thus far
Don, congratulations on the impressive numbers and....I hate you... (said with envy)
just kidding of course. I always like to see what other guys are doing and when you get to 318 you get to brag (I mean share) a little. All you guys over 300 just prove what you can do with a QRP station. I'm at 291 (FT5Z being 291) so knowing there're guys over 300 gives me hope that it is achievable. Of course when you work on DXCC QRP you soon realize its all possible with a little work.
I'm also impressed with your green station. Something I've wanted to do but have been to lazy to do.
THAT THRILL OF WORKING DX HAS NEVER LEFT ME. I HOPE IT NEVER WILL.
That's true with me also. One reason I like to enter the DX contests is just to work DX. I don't care if I'm working Aruba or Mongolia, I get a big thrill with a DX contact. (Plus in contests there's always the possibility of a new one and I'm never to old to learn. Last fall I learned how strong the 15M and 20M long path to east Africa was. This was actually very key to me working FT5ZM)
I've been working on DXCC QRP for 30 years now (minus a 7 year ham radio hiatus) and its been exciting every since the beginning. I wouldn't want to have done it any other way. My first DX contact when I seriously started this in 1984 was KP4ERA in Puerto Rico with my brand new HW-9 (I had just finished building) pumping out a big 4 watts.
BTW, out of 291 countries, 250 have been worked with the HW-9. Including some goodies like 7O6T, HK0NA, ZL8X, VP6DX, and VP6T. A couple entities (YB and HV) I've only worked with the HW-9. OK, I'm done with Memory Lane.
Thanks for the post, Don, and good luck with the last 22.
- Larry NU4B