VE3WDM is back into QRPp very low power contacts!

I was feeling under the weather this weekend and thought it would be nice and relaxing to spend some time on the radio. It so happens a CW contest was in full swing the Russian DX contest. I was not into competing but just handing out points. The propagation conditions this past week were a struggle to say the least. Today the conditions were on the rebound a K index of 2 and the Sunspots were in at 27 and the solar wind was still up at 615. I parked on 15m and there was lots of DX rolling in for the contest. I made only 7 contacts for Saturday (so far) most were done with QRPp power! I was very pleased that my condo antenna was able to get out to make some great QRPp low power contacts. My K3 is only able to get down as low at 100mW's silly me I sold my attenuator thinking my contacts under 100mW's were over! I was able to make 3 contacts at milli watt power, 2 contacts at 1 watt, one contact at 3 watts and finally 5 watts. My first QRPp contact in the contest was K5WA in the states, my next QRPp contact was with EA3CX in Spain. Then finally F5IN in France with 500mW's of power.
The 7 contacts break down as follows
1. F5IN          500mW          7,500 miles per watt
2. K5WA       100mW         13,213 miles per watt
3. EA5CX     100mW         39,956 miles per watt
4. DK3QZ     1 watt             3,818 miles per watt
5. DL0AO     1 watt             3,818 miles per watt
6. HC2SL      3 watts            
7. ZF2DX      5 watts
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “VE3WDM is back into QRPp very low power contacts!”

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    Thanks for sharing that, Mike. This is encouraging to those of us who don’t regularly operate QRP or QRPp. In fact, I’m just going to switch on my rig and try some QRP on 40m:-)

  • YV5EN - Edwin:

    Great job Mike, thanks for sharing.
    I enjoy QRP and QRPp very much too. If you want to know how far I reach stations around the world with less than 5watts output, please visit my 2xCW QRP DXCC gallery at

    72 and best DX

  • Jerry VE6CPP:

    Great Post ! Also, Gang.. Tom, W5KUB, has been doing a webcast from the Dayton Hamvention for the past 13 years. Recently he also started doing a weekly show called “Amateur Radio Roundtable.” He will be interviewing me via Skype about the NAQCC on next weeks show this coming Tuesday at 8:00 PM CDT (0100 on Wednesday UTC). If you are interested you can watch the live webcast at . The show will also be available in archived form for viewing at a later date.

    Please feel free to post this information to any sites where you might want to promote the NAQCC.


    Paul – N8XMS
    NAQCC Club President
    NAQCC #0675
    [email protected]

    NAQCC# 5697
    (The Monthly Poll Guy !)

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Colin, So do share……….did you make any QRP contacts on 40m?? Im glad the post moved you onward toward QRP operations.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Edwin, I went to your page and congrats on the DXCC using QRP oh and the world map with all the contacts is very impressive for sure.
    72 and have a great week

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Jerry thanks very much for sharing the info and the link very interesting and I will be checking it out.

  • JOE KN2A:

    Really cool Mike! I too have the bug … qrpp bug.
    Please stop by my qrz page and see my qrpp projects in particular THREE BLIND MICE

    72/73 DE JOE KN2A

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