The past few days, I was getting skunked. No contacts, and in fact I wasn't even hearing much of anything. And silly me, the last thing I think is "dead bands" - nope, the first thing I think is "Crud! What did I do to the rig?" "Did I mess up the antenna?" Stuff like that - the first thing I think is that it was me, I screwed something up!
But today ....... today allayed all my concerns. Today, 17 Meters during lunchtime was almost magical. In short order I worked Milan OK1KW in Praha in the Czech Republic. Milan was calling "CQ FISTS" and I answered and we ended up having a very pleasant QSO. Milan was 589 in NJ and I received a 549 in return.
After ending the QSO with Milan, I heard Frank OV1CDX calling "CQ DX". I figured to myself, "Hey, I just worked the Czech Republic, so why not Denmark?" I put my call out a few times and Frank answered. He was a good strong 599 in NJ and I earned a 559 in return. Cool - the band was hot!
So now the decision comes about ..... "I have 15 minutes left. Do I tear down and head back in, or do I try for one more?" No contest! Try for one more, as the signals were abundant. And I did, and I made it!
This time I worked Serge R6YY. This was the tough one of my session, as I had to send my information to Serge several times. Thanks to his fantastic ears, we were able to complete the QSO. Serge was only 579 here in NJ, and I was only 439 in return. A tough one, but we did it!
Not bad for 5 Watts to a Buddistick mounted on a magmount plunked on the roof of my Jeep, eh?
Next time someone tells you that QRP is a waste of time and that "You'll never work anyone with only 5 Watts", just smile right at them, chuckle to yourself and just walk away. You'll walk away, and they'll be left standing there, thinking to themselves, "What does he know that I don't?"
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!