even with solar conditions not at their optimum. This afternoon, while twiddling the dial of the K2, I heard several Argentinian stations on 10 Meters. I also worked CO8LY, Eduardo in Cuba on a fourth band - 12 Meters. I have previously worked Ed on 30, 20 and 17 Meters. Ed was coming in like gangbusters. His signal sounded more like he was down the street from me rather than 1,300 miles away.
I also had a nice lil' chat with Kim AB7JK on 15 Meters. Kim, who is in Largo, FL was using 1 Watt during our QSO. There was a lot of QSB, but at peaks, AB7JK's signal was 579 into New Jersey. I almost felt guilty using the entire "QRO" 5 Watts on my end!
I have started gathering the materials I need for constructing the 160 Meter antenna and for also adding 20 or so more radials to the HF9V. The HF9V has been performing so superbly as of late that adding some more radials can only make things better.
And lest I forget, kudos to the ARRL for restoring the list of QRP DXCC holders on the ARRL Website. When it went away, I was disappointed, as I like to look at the list from time to time to see how many call signs that I recognize. It disappeared when the newly designed Website came into being in April; but now it's back - thanks ARRL !
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!