Miracle Contacts on CW

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KN4ICU, May 11, 2019.

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  1. KQ4MM

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    Most recently S01WS .. Western Sahara,,, Caught them on the first CQ on 17M.. 75W on a end fed wire ... big pileup ensued and I probably would have never made it once it started.
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  2. W7UUU

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    Those are the BEST!! I've had a few over the years - the "first ham to hear the DX CQ" - great spot to be :)

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  3. KE4OH

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    For me, it would be banging out a CW CQ a couple of years ago on 40m using a Hallicrafters HT-40 transmitter (maybe 35w out) to a low dipole. So far not so amazing. But I was listening on a Heathkit HR-10B receiver and heard an op in Sweden answering me. We had a brief but very solid QSO. Anyone who has ever used an HR-10B on CW knows what a miracle this was ...
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  4. K7TRF

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    Agreed, and maybe it's dumb luck but I've had a lot more of these when working CW than SSB and that's not with any fancy panadapter CW skimmers or anything, just tuning around the band.
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  5. N7YCC

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    I made a CW contact in Alaska a few years back, had a nice chat. I'm too lazy to dig out the card so I can't tell you the callsign right now. "What's the miracle?", you ask.

    On the QSL card is written something like:

    Thanks for the QSO. Really enjoyed... blah... blah...
    ** "You're a great conversationalist" **

    I'm more proud of that QSL card than any other.
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  6. KN4ICU

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    I was so happy when I got mine. QTH was over 4000 miles away, and I was sitting at my little desk with my wire off the deck. Occurrences like this is why I would happily encourage any Tech to learn CW. It's worth it.
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  7. W7ASA

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    Top of my list was an FT8??? , Maurice, a radioman on a French Antarctic expedition. They were dug-in, waiting for a weather window to continue their expedition and he was passing time with the radio. This contact was on the (brand-new at the time) 30 meter band, and he was calling CW on one of two crystal frequencies for my Army surplus GRC-109. Antenna was a home brew halfsquare made from electrical tubing. The GRC109 put out maybe 12-15 Watts (down hill with a tail wind.) The receiver is a single-conversion superhet with VERY wide bandwidth.

    HF Radio is amazing and CW is a 'system gain multiplier'.

    73 de Ray ..._ ._

    >> This is information on the the GRC-109: https://people.csail.mit.edu/sw/html/NS1W/GRC-109.html
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  8. N7BKV

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    So, Ray...did this GRC 109A come with a parachute? Did you parachute into summer camp with it wearing camo gear? :)

    I like it!

    Brian N
  9. N3PM

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    A KH6 on 10M, using an FT817 @ 2-3W and a Miracle Whip antenna, a JA with 1W and a 5BTV up 6 feet on a chainlink fence post and a ZL on 40 with 5W and a dipole at 20 ft.
    Ain't the best I'm sure, but I got a kick outta them.
    Mike N3PM
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  10. K6BFL

    K6BFL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was on a SOTA With my FT817nd running 5 watts and an inverted vee and I talked to Slovenia. It took me only 3 tries. That is the farthest qrp.

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