You never know until you submit.

Boy was I surprised to get this!
It was February 2013 and we just really finished unpacking all our boxes from the move into our new condo and I felt it was time to let some steam off and get on the radio. My new MFJ 1788 loop antenna had arrived and after some tweaking it was setup and ready to go. The ARRL DX CW contest was on and what a better way to give the antenna a workout! I blogged about my ARRL event and the use of the magnetic loop antenna. I was very pleased to see I was getting out and able to be a points giver in the contest. I was more concerned with checking out the MFJ's antennas performance from my condo location than taking the contest seriously. As a wise ham had told me long ago "always submit your contest score" and I did just that......last week a certificate came in the mail. It seems I was first place in Ontario south section for QRP!! No it's not top in the  country or world but for my condo station it was a great accomplishment. To think I was not even trying for an award.....maybe next year I will go for points and see how I do?
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “You never know until you submit.”

  • John N8ZYA:

    Congratulations Mike….and to think with a small antenna and 5 watts of power. It doesn’t get any better! Hope this is the beginning of many more QRP awards with your station. Great accomplishment!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening John, I was very surprised and very happy to see that this location could with a very serous effort could maybe net me some good results.

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