K3WWP's Ham Radio Activities

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Welcome to one of the oldest continuously updated ham radio sites on the Internet, founded on September 8, 1996. I've been consistently showing how easy it is to communicate using a power of only 5 watts or less into simple wire antennas IF you use Morse Code. This web site exists to show that no matter what your interests - DX, contesting, rag-chewing, awards, etc., you CAN succeed with a very minimal QRP/CW/simple wire antenna station. I believe I have amply demonstrated that by the many examples of what I have done (and YOU can do) with such a minimal setup in a valley location. Too many hams believe you can only succeed with a KW/beam on a hilltop. That is simply NOT true. In addition, you'll also find many good tips and much useful information concerning other aspects of ham radio.
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>> WHAT'S NEW <<
Feb 24, 2017 - Changed some wording on my Site Info page.
Feb 23, 2017 - Updated some info on my Who Am I? page.
Feb 22, 2017 - Updated some stats on my Working DX page.
Feb 17, 2017 - Many changes on my QRP Rigs page as sites there in constant state of flux.
Feb 16, 2017 - Did some updating of my main CW page info.
Feb 16, 2017 - Modified my CW Procedures page mainly to add methods dealing with using a panadapter.
Feb 16, 2017 - Added or replaced 4 DX QSL pictures on OneDrive - Z81X K1N S01WS PJ4A.
Feb 16, 2017 - Fixed several links relating to the guestbook.
Feb 15, 2017 - Cut my diary to the past 30 days by archiving the entries from Jan 1-15.
Feb 15, 2017 - Rewrote the mW QSOs page and fixed some intra-site links in the QRP section.
Feb 14, 2017 - Added new poll and updated past poll results
Feb 14, 2017 - Added info to the Two QSOs Streak story.
Feb 14, 2017 - Added info to the DX Streak #1 story.
Feb 13, 2017 - Added info to the mW Streak story.
Feb 13, 2017 - Added latest signers of my new guestbook to VISITORS LIST/The List and updated number of visitors on this page below.
Feb 13, 2017 - Set up a separate page in QRP/QRP Streaks for each of several streaks I've had.
>> MONTHLY POLL <<
Click the question to take the poll or view results. Feb 15, 2017 - Mar 14, 2017.
>> NORTH AMERICAN QRP CW CLUB <<
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I'm proud to be a co-founder (with Tom WY3H, ex-KB3LFC), former VP, and member of the NAQCC which (as I am) is devoted to promoting CW and QRP usage on the ham bands. I invite you to join the club and assist us in these efforts. Lifetime membership is FREE. Over 8,600 members have been signed up from over 100 countries since the club's inception in October 2004. With its devotion strictly to QRP/CW, that makes it one of the fastest growing and largest specialty ham radio clubs in the world. CW is indeed still alive and well. To learn more about the club, watch the video on the club home page here. After you watch the video and check out the rest of the site, please go to the sign up page via the link right below the video and join us.
>> GUESTBOOK <<
Join 3,633 different visitors from at least 145 countries who have signed as of 13-Feb-17.
SIGN   hand signing guestbook   HERE
After you sign the new guestbook, click "HOME" on the guestbook page.

>> CW QRP QSO OF THE DAY <<
When I worked Chuck, KG9N/C6A (see QSL) as my first QSO of August 5, 1994, that started a still continuing streak of making one or more QSO's every day using QRP, Morse Code, and simple wire antennas.

When I made 6 QSO's on February 7, 2011, that started another streak of making at least one extra QSO per day which I voluntarily ended on February 6, 2012 after one full year of 365 days. I don't think making a second QSO proved anything more than making one QSO did. One QSO proves that QRP/CW/simple wire antennas work, which is the point of my main streak. That will continue until something beyond my control brings it to an end.

Other streaks that perhaps prove the efficiency of QRP/CW/simple wire antennas even more are those involving working DX (non-W/VE) stations each and every day. I have had several of those described here. The latest one started on March 1, 2013 and is still continuing over 1,425 days later.

I believe the streaks are significant not for anything personal, but because they show the effectiveness of CW even at QRP power levels with simple (largely indoor) antennas and encourage others in similar situations to try that type of operation in their ham radio activities. The main streak has gone through all stages in a sunspot cycle from the depths of a minimum to the heights of a maximum without missing a beat.

A detailed explanation follows the table here.

UTC DateDay #CallQTHNameBndNoteHourNr. of QSOsDX, BAND, HOUR
2/28/17 8,244PJ7AASMT-30100-PJ7AA, 30, 00
2/27/17 8,243W4GSONC-80T0028P9AL, 30, 00
2/26/17 8,242EG8URTCNR-30-001EG8URT, 30, 00
2/25/17 8,241NG1IMAFRANK80C002OM2VL, 40, 00
2/24/17 8,240KP4CPCPUE-40-001KP4CPC, 40, 00
2/23/17 8,239N2ESENJGARY80C002P4/K1TO, 40, 00
2/22/17 8,238PJ7AASMT-30-0053PJ7AA, 30, 00
2/21/17 8,237WB4AEGGAHAL80C0026Y2T, 20, 00
2/20/17 8,236K9ZTVMOKENT80-0036Y1M, 40, 02
2/19/17 8,235TM5YFRA-80T00102EA8CN, 40, 00

The table above shows info as explained here on QSOs I've made on the most recent 10 days:

UTC Date: 0000Z to 2400Z (8PM to 8PM EDST or 7PM to 7PM EST).
Day #: Number of days in the streak
Call: The call of one station (usually the first) I worked that day to continue the streak
QTH: State, Province, or Country abbreviation.
Name: The name of the ham in the QSO
Bnd: The band of the QSO
Note:
C - the QSO came from my CQ
T - the QSO came from a contest
1 - the DX answered my first call
E - a tail-end call from the station
- - none of the above
Hour: The UTC (Z) hour of the QSO
Nr of QSOs: The number of QSOs I made that day
DX, BAND, HOUR: My DX QSO of the day, band worked, hour (Z) worked


Streak stats as of Feb 28, 2017:
Days - 8,244 = 22 years, 6 months, 24 days
DX streak - 1,461 days = 4 years
Total QSO's - 67,772
mW QSO's - 1,481
DX QSO's - 22,741
Different hams - 19,149
Hams worked first time last month - 37

Check my Streak Update report for more stats and details.

Thanks to everyone I work, not just those stations listed above. To see all my QRP QSO's, check the Logs section.

>> BOOKMARK MY SITE <<
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K3WWP's Ham Radio Activities (k3wwp.com)

K3WWP's Ham Radio Activities (Windstream mirror)

>> NOTES <<
REGULAR SITE MAINTENANCE:
Daily - Add a diary entry (HOME-Diary)
Daily - Add data to my propagation tables (PROPAGATION-Main)
Daily - Add my streak QSO to the streak table (this page)
Daily - Add QSO's to my on-line log (LOGS)
Each Monday - Update contest results when needed (CONTESTING-Results)
Each Monday - Add guestbook info to Visitors List (VISITORS LIST)
1st of each month - Update streak totals (this page)
15th of each month - Change the poll question (this page)
18th of each month - Update prefix totals (AWARDS-WPX)
23rd of each month - Update LOTW totals (AWARDS-DXCC,WAC,WAS)
23rd of each month - Update # of Visitors (this page & VISITORS LIST)
Every 6 months - Update USACA totals (AWARDS-USACA)