A weekend of QRPp op’s

This weekend it was my intention to get some DXCC's into the books and the weekend is not over yet and there is still time....but.....the bands were alive with the Worked all Germany contest. On Saturday morning and mid morning 10m was alive with DL calls. I have been reading over the past few weeks how great 10m  WSPRing has been. I wanted to give QRPp operations a shot and 10m seemed wide open to Europe. Below are the result from my Saturday and Sunday morning QRPp contacts.

Saturday mornings contacts

1. HA3FTA ( I know it's Hungary not Germany) 200mWs          22,776 miles per watt.
2. DK9PY                                                          100mWs           39,565 mpw.
3. DJ1MM                                                          500mWs            8,405 mpw.
It was now time to start dropping the power lower.
4. DL2DX                                                              50mWs         82,857  mpw
Below was the best distance of the day for Saturday the conditions started to change on 10m and contacts were getting harder and harder to make. Besides it was time to get some things done around the house. 
5. DL1NUX                                                           40mws        101,702   mpw.



Once again on Sunday I found 10m  to be very busy and the best band for my QRPp contacts. The Worked all Germany contest was still in full swing, so I jumped in to see how things worked out. 

Sunday mornings contacts

1. RK3ER                                                       100mWs                   51,830 mpw.
2. DL4CF                                                          30mWs                135,039 mpw. 
The next contact was the best of the weekend for mpw and also it now is my new record I have to try and beat.
3. DL0FOR                                                         30mWs               138,067 mpw

I did give 20mWs a shot but it just did not seem to make the trip this weekend. Once the power was raised to 30mWs the station seemed to hear me and came back to me. I had only a few contacts that required repeats most sent and received signal reports were accomplished first time. The miles per watt calculations were done at the QRP ARCI web site. They have a calculator you can use. I did have some troubles with contest station calls at the ARCI website. Their calls would come back as a no shows. For these calls I found out their grid square at this grid square locator site From there I went to N9SSA's site, a miles per watt site based on grid square locators and punched in the info and received my miles per watt calculation. It's kinda like long math when it comes to miles per watt calculations....but it works!!
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

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