I turned on 17 Meters tonight, hoping to hear K6JSS/KL7 from Alaska on. In all honesty, the band is quiet but once again, T32C is there loud as a bell. In fact, the op was working simplex - not split, and he wasn't getting many takers at all. 15 - 20 CQs between callers? You can tell this DXpedition is coming near an end. I'm sure the team has to be ecstatic with the job they have done.
So, I decided to try something. I cranked the power on down to 900 milliWatts and put out my call. They came back to me first shot!
Just who is on this DXpedition anyway ..... Steve Austin with his bionic ears? I figured I was going to give it a max of about three tries; AND if he came back with only a W2?? or a W2L??, I would not strain their ears any further with my somewhat selfish experiment. But there it was, first try and full call. That's over 6,000 miles per Watt. And yes, all the credit goes to the wonderfully amazing ops at T32C.
BTW, equipment here was the K2 to the Butternut HF9V.
This QRP and radio stuff continues to delight me!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!