50 States

Here’s a certificate I’m very proud to add to my NAQCC folder. The majority of my 50 state contacts were made with my indoor mounted Isotron antennas on either 40 meters or 20 meters. Alaska and Hawaii were two states I had doubts of ever working from my city location considering I’m forced to operate with stealth antennas. I worked those last two states with a 50 ft indoor random wire.

I’m also within a very short distance of my DXCC award now with 95 countries showing on the QRZ.com log book. I need to count all those in my “personal” log book since I started that log book a year or so before the QRZ book.

My Indoor Isotrons

John Smithson, Jr., N8ZYA, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from West Virginia, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “50 States”

  • John KR4RO:

    Good job! Stealth antennas are often under-rated!

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    Way to Go… I am impressed and happy for you. You did good…really good.

    Harry K7ZOV

  • Marc, W4MPS:

    Great accomplishment John. Well done!

  • Richard KWØU:

    A great accomplishment! Guess I’m a “big gun” with an attic 20m 1/2 wave dipole running 100W. But that does give me some idea of how frustrating it can be to work new ones when you have a simple antenna. What you’re doing is an order of magnitude beyond that. Fine work, John.

  • Cliff KU4GW:

    Awesome accomplishment John! Congratulations! I do a little QRP as NAQCC#1491, FPQRP#1183, and as GORC#358, but mostly QRP in the field ops in warm weather using a Hendricks PFR-3A that was willed to me by W4CUX Bill Worley and also a Ten-Tec R4020 2 band QRP rig. I haven’t been into QRP operation very long and once upon a time I didn’t have much faith in it until I decided to work 1 hour of a NAQCC Sprint one evening and in that 1 hour I worked 23 stations in 17 states and after that I was hooked! Still haven’t gotten WAS QRP I don’t think anyway, not really much of a paper chaser here. Again, congratulations on a outstanding achievement operating QRP!

  • John E Mann KK4ITN:

    Got my ‘new general’ ticket 1 1/2 years ago. Working toward WAS. It can be a lot of FUN work. I have found that nobody lives in north or south dakota. HI,HI! At least on cw anyway! It is fun to rag chew and collect QSL cards. Don’t do much of, ur 599, QTH then tu, qrz.Can’t go much past 20 WPM so I guess I will be a while getting my WAS CW. But man it is fun trying.
    Anyway congratulations, when you get your wallpaper hang it proud, you earned it!
    PS I think the wouf hong should sometimes be applied on 40 and 15 meters, 7.050 especially. I know the ‘old man’ is dead but the instrument is there to be applied when needed! Anybody want the job?

  • Galen WA6SBB:

    Good going, John.

    You have inspired me to get going again on my WAS on CW. When work (nights) stopped me 15 years ago, I had 43 states on 80 CW. Now, I will go at it again, thanks to you and your accomplishment.

    Galen, WA6SBB

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