Middle East QRP contact

Back in 2012 I made my first and only to date contact into the Middle East using QRP power of 5 watts. The band conditions were good and 4Z5MU had not been spotted yet, this is also a great advantage to a QRP signal. Once the spot goes out the band gets crowded and the amps start warm up the QRP signal cools down. The other week his QSL card arrived and reminded me about the contact. As often happens when I hear a call and at the same time writing it down the rabbit ears go up when the result at the end of my pencil is a sweet DX call. One the first things that goes through my mind is "did I copy the call correct?" Once I realize it was copied correctly the next question is "where is the pileup" Now the game in my head begins……I now know this is a very sweet opportunity but I want to make sure they are not operating split and end up calling where I should not be! As I do this in the back of my mind there is a little voice saying "hurry up fool before the pileup starts and you loose the opportunity" This time the questions were answered and the opportunity of 4Z5MU made it into the log book and now a QSL card to boot.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Middle East QRP contact”

  • peter kg5wy:

    Not just the middle east, but “ISRAEL”.
    Congratulations.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Peter, that’s why at first if I was copying the call correctly or not. Once I came to the understanding that this for sure was Israel and it was time to move or get drowned out by the big guns.
    Mike

  • Slava 4Z5MU:

    Hi Peter! Wonderful story.
    Was really good propagation and I usually listen to the weakest signals.
    73! Slava

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