Sunday, July 28, 2013

Just a short time on the radio

The attic dipole is working it's magic agian!
It's Sunday afternoon and thought I would flip the K3 to the on position. The RSGB IOTA contest is in full swing but I was only able to hear  few stations. As I spun across the band I came across G0PZA/EU11 in London area. I gave him a call at 500 mW's but it was just not going to happen. As I slowly raised my power I was able to make the contact with 1 watt for a 3594 miles per watt contact. I then moved around the band but was not able to hear all that much. I was pleased with this contact as the bands over the last couple of days have not been really all that great. Last night I heard a station calling CQ from Nova Scotia and even with full power at 5 watts I was not able to raise this station. I consider this evening to be an accomplishment with a 1 watt DX contact as compared to almost a local call and being shut out with 5 watts. It's 5 o'clock in the evening and I am very tired (considering I pulled an all nigher at work on Saturday) so it's soon time to hit the hay and looking forward to another week at work....NOT!!!
Have a good week everyone
 

4 comments:

  1. Hey Mike...nice job with 1 watt. Conditions were really awful for the time I was on the air. I did something differend and went /P with my radio and two dipoles. Lots of fun for such a "new" thing for me.
    Still eager to work you on air one day but we really need better conditions.
    Stefano

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    1. Good evening Stefano, nice to read that you were giving the portable operating a go! I always find it to be a very time getting out and about with the radio. One day our signals will come across each other....maybe in a CW contest.
      Mike

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  2. Hello Mike, well done with 1 watt. I also particapted in the IOTA contest. I made just 6 QSO's from 360 mW to 1.8 watts, but all good for more than 1000 Miles per Watt. hi 37, Bert

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    1. Good morning Bert, nice to hear from you and hope all is well? I have been sticking with 5 watts these days as the conditions have not been in my favour for mW contacts. I try the contact at the QRPp levels but end up slowly moving up to QRP levels and sometimes have to max out at 5 watts.
      Have a nice weekend.
      Mike

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