New 1000 mile per watt record………

The excitement had me fill in the wrong band a new one is coming for 14 MHZ (click for full size)
Attic dipole (click to enlarge)
One of my goals during the CQWW CW contest was to drop my power and beat my last 1000 miles per watt record. Up until this past contest
my miles per watt all time high was 8325 miles per watt!! Now you also have to remember I am not running a huge tower loaded with eye candy beams. My radio waves into ham land are done with an attic dipole in a "Z" configuration (Alpha Delta DX-EE), so it has a nice wooden roof above an insulated ceiling below. Yes it is not the latest and greatest of antennas but I'm not doing to bad with it. During the contest  I dropped the Elecraft K3's power to 500mW's to see what I could do. To my surprise ZS4TX came back to me... I made contact and exchanged contest info. After the contest I emailed ZS4TX (Bernie) and he was shocked that I was running QRPp at 500mW's. My signal according to Bernie was above average into South Africa. So my new "to beat record" is 16,737 miles per watt I more than doubled my last record!!!

The folded or "Z" part (click to enlarge)

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “New 1000 mile per watt record………”

  • Kelly K4UPG:

    Awesome! Wish I had access to an attic to give that antenna a try! Great job and good DX to you Mike!
    Kelly K$UPG

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Kelly, thanks very much for the comment.
    Merry Christmas

  • YS1RS:

    Wow! Mike.

    That is what I love of this hobby. Possibilities are endless.
    You can build the equipment yourself at low cost and work just like you without expensive infrastructure and do great.

    You are an inspiration.


  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Rob, yes it sure is great hobby for sure.
    Seasons greetings Rob thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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