I saw your article in the QRP Quarterly. Dan, WG5G, has done a great job. He doesn't miss much. I didn't realize W3BBO also reached the honor roll also.
I'm bringing up the rear with 293 all time and 286 current - so I have quite a ways to go get to HR.
I also need 1 zone (26) for WAZ QRP. I could qualify for the 1st level of 5 band WAZ if I could just get 1 zone 26 QSO. Last week I had a good opening to Zone 26 on 15 meters and heard a loud HS. I forgot I disconnected the rotator during a bad electrical storm and when I turned my beam it didn't move. I didn't realize the problem until the next day.
I haven't heard conditions that good since then. Its always something with me and zone 26.
Dx'ing with 5 watts (or less) is great fun. Some big disappointments - but when you work a new one its a great feeling. What's neat about what Dan, WG5G, does is he isn't using a fancy rig. An older Kenwood, I believe. Most of his upgrade has been improving his antenna system. An efficient antenna system is the key.
Another thing I really enjoy is DX'ing with my HW-9. I built it back in 1984. When I'm not chasing a new one I DX with the HW-9. I'm up to 244 countries with it. A couple neat catches this past year were HK0NA and 7O6T. I never thought I would work a couple top 10 most needed with the HW-9, although by the time I worked them they weren't in the top 10 anymore
. Last fall I worked 9M6XRO and 4F9HXB (now SK) both on 10 meters. Even though the HW-9 only does 3 watts on 10 it does pack a decent punch hooked up to a beam (HF5B). I'm hoping to get a shot at NH8S, but I'm waiting for the pileups to work down. So far it seems the NH8S team have been knocking out QSO's at a good pace.
Speaking of the HW-9, I just worked the last station I needed for the All Bulgarian Saints Award. You have to work 5 of those special event LZ stations (ex. LZ1737SSS). More wallpaper for the shack.
After Dx'ing a couple years with 100 watts (back in the early 80's), I went back to QRP. DX'ing with 5 watts is great fun Learning about propagation and working with antennas is really interesting and very satisfying when it all comes together.
Thanks again for the article, John.