7,539 mile CW contact on 7 Watts - I am STUNNED!

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N7BKV, Jun 8, 2019.

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  1. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was up early 1320z June 4 (California) to work some of the OC and AS stations from my QTH Grid CM97vu.

    Worked hard at it, but I dug a VK out of the very ragged QRN and the op confirmed the contact. Also he emailed me about it. From NSW Australia

    That is 12,134 km (7,539 miles) !

    The radio is a QRP Labs QCX-40 I built from the QRP Labs kit last year. It puts out about 7 watts. See my QRZ bio page for pics of the radio.

    Ant is a very resonant half wave dipole up about 30' over sloping uneven terrain. It is oriented axially 99 degrees magnetic.

    These sort of contacts are what stokes my CW game!

    Brian N
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  2. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fun, ain't it? Good job!

    It's addictive and now you're hooked.

    Welcome to the 1000 mi!e / watt club.

    Now turn the power down! ;)
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  3. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    You just never know !! :D
    After over 58 years as a CW only operator using Low Power (15w) this is the stuff that keeps my interest up !!
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  4. KE0EYJ

    KE0EYJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's what I've been telling people this past week... there has been some INSANE late night/early morning greyline propagation going on. I'm at HL1ZIX in Korea now, and I ran a pile-up into the EU at 100w, a few days ago. Happened at 1:30 to 2am Korea time.

    And this was SSB!
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  5. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I was getting RBN spots from Uruguay over 6400 miles earlier in the week I knew something was up!
    Sure keeps you in the game, doesn't it!
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  6. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Propagation is what makes ham radio interesting. Without the vagaries of propagation, ham radio would be no different from cell phones! :)
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  7. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Did you pace the distance off? I want a second opinion.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  8. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually, Tom, to be more precise, op was field operating at Bendigo National Park. DX to my QTH is 12,813 KM great circle distance, not the mere 12,134 I thought is was. I'm glad I paced it off! :)

    That works out to 7,963 miles. The extra 414 miles nearly wore me out!
  9. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Way to go. Greyline is your friend.
    Mike N3PM
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  10. W9RAC

    W9RAC Subscriber QRZ Page

    Brain I have worked many QRP stations.......daily. I am not a QRP OP, on the contrary I generally run power. However doing that makes me a great target for those with compromised antenna systems or areas of HOA's or the like. I get several calls daily from QRP stations. The more powerful signal makes it easier for them to hear. I'm amazed at some of the replies I get. I have had call from guys with gutters, awnings, people in nursing homes and more as antennas reply to my CQ's. I always get a kick out of how they get those 1 or 2 watt stations to radiate so well 1000 miles away. Great stuff you QRP OP's do for sure. 73 Rich...... listening
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