|The K3 is ready to go at 100mW's|
To make things interesting as I was not "contesting" in the true sense I started to drop my power as I gave out contest points. I started at 1.5 watts to CR1X in Finland that worked out to 2755 miles per watt. Update....Thanks to PE4BAS my distance to CR1X who is in the Azores not Finland is 2417 miles per watt, thanks Bas for the info! He had no problem copying me so down went the power. I leveled out at 100mW's just for the reason this is as low as the K3 will venture.
|Proof 100mW's is on it's way...no SWR showing|
Below are the top 4 low power contacts all at 100mW's
1. HA8JV 45,868 miles per watt
2. IR9Y 44,558 " "
3. 9A1A 44,187 " "
4. OL7C 42,496 " "
Until this contest my personal best Miles per watt 16,737 miles per watt when making contact with ZS4TS at 500mW's. Even at 100mW's being copied was easy and I was very surprised. I did not want to drop my power to the point were the contest station was spending his valuable time trying to make contact with me, but that never happened. I am now in the market for an attenuator do get my power output to below 100mW's and see what happens. I was looking at the Hendricks 41db attenuator. It's a kits and looks like a very nice unit.