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Author Topic: 300 Reached!  (Read 4700 times)
NU4B
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« on: November 28, 2012, 03:49:17 AM »

I didn't realize it but PT0S was my 300th country confirmed (PT0S not confirmed, but I'm in their log).

295 @ 5 watts CW
3 @ 100 watts CW (KP1, FT8W, and VK0/H)
2 @ 100 watts SSB (JD1/M and KH7K)

Unfortunately that includes 7 deleted countries, so a ways to go before I even get close to HR.
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KY6R
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 04:00:04 AM »

CONGRATS!
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NI0C
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 06:20:08 AM »

Larry,
Way to go!  Your PT0S confirmation will probably appear in LoTW in a few days.  Keep up the good work.  I know you are having good radio fun-- probably more than most of us.
73,
Chuck  Ni0C
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 06:49:07 AM »

Now it starts to get a little tricky! GL OM and congrats. As Chuck indicated, you'll have it on LoTW very shortly (all mine showed up over the weekend).
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 06:59:17 AM »

I am "almost" there. When my cards go in I should be a bit over 290.

Congrats! How long were you DXing? I've found that DXing is mostly a waiting game after you've worked a certain number of entities.
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 07:16:49 AM »

WELL DONE!  Congrats on your 300. Now the fun Really begins Cheesy.

73, Gene AF3Y
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W6GX
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 07:39:03 AM »

Amazing!  You must have good discipline to keep it at 5w.  I don't think I could ever run a QRP station.  Just curious- when and how do you decide that more power is needed?  Obviously this didn't happen very often Cheesy

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 08:05:30 AM »

Congratulations, that is quite a milestone to reach with low power!
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NU4B
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 08:19:21 AM »

Thanks guys. Yes, now it does get interesting. And the first trick will be how to get through to a possibly shortened ZL9 operation Grin

How long have I been doing this? The 100 watt QSOs were from the early 80s. The QRP stuff started in 1985. I was off the air from 1994 to 2001 - which I could kick myself because there were many good expeditions I missed. But the rest was since 2001.

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2012, 08:33:23 AM »

Amazing!  You must have good discipline to keep it at 5w.  I don't think I could ever run a QRP station.  Just curious- when and how do you decide that more power is needed?  Obviously this didn't happen very often Cheesy

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Jonathan W6GX

There is no choice.  Grin I have a K2 (sans 100 watt amp), an HW-9, and a Sierra. Rock-Mite is not operational at this time. I have actually only operated above 5 watts one time since 1985. A couple years ago a French ham sent me an email needing TN for 10 meter WAS. He couldn't hear me with 5 watts so I cranked up the K2 to 12 watts and made the QSO.

Its a great feeling when you make the QSO, but there can also be great disappointment when you miss a new one. So its not all sunshine and you have be able to deal with the rain.
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2012, 08:33:40 AM »

Congrats on the great accomplishment.  300 is my no-tower goal and getting tougher as the remaining fruit gets higher...
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2012, 08:49:51 AM »

..........295 @ 5 watts CW........

An outstanding accomplishment!

I am embarrassed, in that I just received a new Acom 1500  Smiley to help in my push for the Honor Roll during this sun spot cycle!

I am at 299 confirmed now with a few LOTW/OQRS still to come in, so getting over 300 will happen, maybe this year. I also have a dozen or so QSL requests for new entities that are out somewhere between here and there! Hopefully, a few of those will bear fruit!

It looks to be a long, slow crawl! Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2012, 09:45:29 AM »

Congrats on the great accomplishment.  300 is my no-tower goal and getting tougher as the remaining fruit gets higher...

I think KY6R did achieve 300 with simple antennas.  So it's certainly possible and a great achievement at that.  When he wanted HR he realized he needed a gain antenna.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2012, 09:49:46 AM »

Amazing!  You must have good discipline to keep it at 5w.  I don't think I could ever run a QRP station.  Just curious- when and how do you decide that more power is needed?  Obviously this didn't happen very often Cheesy

73,
Jonathan W6GX

There is no choice.  Grin I have a K2 (sans 100 watt amp), an HW-9, and a Sierra. Rock-Mite is not operational at this time. I have actually only operated above 5 watts one time since 1985. A couple years ago a French ham sent me an email needing TN for 10 meter WAS. He couldn't hear me with 5 watts so I cranked up the K2 to 12 watts and made the QSO.

Its a great feeling when you make the QSO, but there can also be great disappointment when you miss a new one. So its not all sunshine and you have be able to deal with the rain.

I don't operate QRP but when I hear a DX station calling CQ QRP I try to answer him.  Recently I worked an Italian station running 500mw on 10m SSB.  Once we made the contact he asked for a QSO at 25mw.  We made the QSO at 25mw and that was quite a thrill.

Some QRP'ers run large gain antennas.  The fact that you made 300 with simple antennas is a great achievement.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2012, 11:04:00 AM »

Congratulations Larry!!  Great accomplishment for being 98% QRP.  You're a more patience man than I.  300 was my goal to work for 2012 but I'm out of DXCC entities left to work this year.  I moved my goal up to 2013.
Congrats again Randy AJ4RW
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