CQ World Wide WPX SSB – QRP Style

Nick KE0ATH Spinnin’ the dial!

It has been way to long since I have posted here on the blog, and really I have done very little operating!

This past weekend was the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  My son Nick, KE0ATH has been trying off and on to make some contacts on 10 meters since he is a Tech.  I thought this contest would be great for him, so we carved out about 45 minutes on Sunday to get on the air.

Tuning around 10 meters we heard some stations calling CQ without many takers, it was late in the contest.  Some of the stations we worked had like 3,000 contacts, and were handing out #001! 🙂

We ended up working exclusively into South America.  Nick would give them a call, and when he was successful I would give them a call.  Great fun!

We have the KX3 set at 12 watts into my 66″ dipole fed with ladder line.  Tunes up great.

If you look at the picture of the rig, you can see the stand that Nick 3D printed for me to hold the KX3.  He designed it in Autodesk Inventor and printed it – it also has my call sign inlayed into it in the lower right hand corner.  It works perfectly!

We worked everyone that we called as well.

We worked just 6 stations, but it was fun.  Here is who we worked:

PY3KN Brazil
NR6O California USA
PJ2T Cuaraco
CE3CT Chile
HK3C Columbia
8P5A Barbados

It was great fun, and Nick had a blast working his first HF contacts!  Plus I picked up several new DXCC entities for myself!

Burke Jones, NØHYD, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Kansas, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “CQ World Wide WPX SSB – QRP Style”

  • Richard KWøU:

    Nice work. Conditions were poor; with my 100W and attic dipole, working on and off, I got all the way to 37. So it wasn’t that much more. Had fun, though.

  • Joe Cro N3IBX:

    Hello, I did part of the contest QRP at 5W on 160M of all bands. I didn’t have many contacts but I did have a whole lot of fun. From my QTH in SE Pa. I worked a WP$ and a VP9 and others. It made my day. My rig of choice was a Index Laboratories QRP++. My antenna is a 260ft. Inverted U at about 40ft fed with 100ft of 600 ohm openwire feeders into a autotuner with a built in 4 to 1 toroidal balun. I can get into Florida and other places so I thought why not try my luck on 160M and work the contest QRP.I was really surprised by the quality of people who answered my call. They were doing much of the work and some even had a form of special receiving antenna or beverage to copy my weak signal. Overall it was a lot of fun and I’d do it again.

    73, de Joe Cro N3IBX

  • Joe Cro N3IBX:

    Correction to my comment: It was a WP4 and not a WP$. many apologies.

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