Yesterday I dabbled in the OK/OM DX CW contest for about an hour and a half. This time for some fun and interest I entered QRP level but lowered my power to just one watt. Propagation has been surprisingly nice over the past week or so and I wanted to give the new solar flux a test run. My radio is the Icom 7610 and my antenna is a slopped Endfed antenna at about 25 feet. I stayed on 20m as the radio gods seemed to be smiling on me there. I made only 10 contacts as I was not in the contest for scoring just to see how the fishing was with one watt. I was only asked for repeats regarding my exchange twice other than that the 1 watt made it through.
Because I was operating at only 1 watt I also wanted to take the loss of my SWR into account. I checked with my antenna analyzer and the CW portion on 20m my SWR was 2.3:1. According to the power loss at various SWR readings chart at 2.3:1, I was in around 15% so this took my 1 watt down to 850 milliwatts.
Below are the results of my QRPp contest efforts:
Contacts and Miles per watt using grid square to grid square for millage
1. OM7M 3720 miles 4376 miles per watt at .850 watts.
2. OM3CGN 3795 miles 4464 miles per watt at .850 watts.
3. OL3Z 3515 miles 4135 miles per watt at .850 watts.
4.OK7K 3503 miles 4121 miles per watt at .850 watts.
5. OK1DOL 3478 miles 4091 miles per watt at .850 watts.