I'm talking about signal paths.
I managed two new accomplishments while waiting for the ARS Spartan Sprint tonight. Tuning around on 17 Meters, I heard SU9AF in Egypt. Not a new DXCC entity, as you might remember a blog post from back in early March where I worked SU9VB for my very first Egyptian QSO. But this time I managed to work Andy SU9AF with just 5 Watts - so a new DXCC entity via QRP.
In the other direction of the Vee, I heard Ed KH2L in Guam. Guam would be a totally new one for me. Ed was kind of loud and I thought I might have stood a chance with 5 Watts, so I tried - a lot! The pile up was not big, but he wasn't hearing me, even when I was the only one calling. Then a W3 station started calling along with me and he was signing /QRP (that's something I never do). He wasn't being heard, either. It didn't look good for QRP signals from the 2nd and 3rd call districts. As Ed was starting to fade, I figured that it was going to be now or never for this chance to work Guam, so I bumped up the power to 85 Watts. Bingo - in the log - first call!
So one totally new DXCC entity and one new one via QRP. I'll take it!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!