Monday, August 15, 2011

Parting with Old Faithful MFJ949D

I am about to ship my trusty MFJ949D to W5GTL in South Dakota. I had worked ARRL WAS Mixed Mode #55,400 and worked 48 states QRP and 73 DX entities with that tuner in a short span of 2 years. I have only been licensed as a General Class since April of 2009. My first contacts were SSB with the Kenwood TS830S. I probably worked 2/3 of the 50 states with that radio. I acquired a yaesu FT897D in March 2010 and proceeded to bag a fair number of states using PSK. In October of 2010 I started to use CW as my main operating mode and have been able to get the most difficult states SD and AK using that mode. Since then I operate mostly CW and got most of my DX entities and 48 states using CW and stateside - mostly at 5 watts. Good bye to the old MFJ manual tuner.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

QRP WAS Update and Other Things

Picked up 4 new states during the North American QSO Party: Oklahoma, Utah, Montana, and Delaware. State count is now up to 48 worked and 40 confirmed by QSL cards. Only missing the usual suspects - AK and ND.

Did reasonably well during the NAQCC Sprint in July. I would have done much better if I had used a straight key with the 2X multiplier but I am so bad with a straight key

Did the Spartan Sprint in early August and submitted my results. The results are below. I placed second in the TUBBY category.