(Updated for 6,575 days = 18 years - August 4, 2012)
Having just reached the 18 year mark it's time to look back and present some thoughts and facts about the streak as I try to do each year at this time as well as when I reach another 1,000 days mark.
Let's start at the beginning as with any good story or report, and go on from there. The streak came about to see how many consecutive days it would be possible to make at least one QSO with my minimal station setup consisting of QRP, CW, and simple wire antennas. That was suggested by Eric KB3BFQ, my then next-door neighbor. We were in my shack talking about sports records. Many sports records are for doing something consecutively such as getting one hit or more in consecutive baseball games. That record belongs to the great "Yankee Clipper", Joe DiMaggio, who did so in 56 consecutive games. We wondered what kind of comparable record could be attemped in ham radio, and Eric came up with the idea of making a QSO on consecutive days.
Looking back in my logs at the time of the idea, I found the first day going backward without a QSO was August 4, 1994 so the first QSO in the streak turned out to be with Chuck KG9N/C6A on August 5. Many years later, KG9N read about the streak on my web site, and very kindly offered to send a belated QSL card to commemorate the beginning of the streak.
The rules for the streak were simple. Just make at least one QSO a day using QRP, CW, and simple wire antennas which was my normal MO that I used 100% of the time. I decided to use UTC days rather than local time days since UTC is the generally accepted system of dates and times used in ham radio. That meant my search for a QSO began each evening at 7 PM EST or 8 PM EDT which was a generally active time on the bands enabling me to get in my QSO near the beginning of a day. I have gotten my streak QSO in the 0000-0200Z period on the vast majority of days.
Over the years of the streak, the streak took on extra meaning. It showed, and continues to show, that such a minimal setup as I use really does work, despite the skepticism of some hams who believe you must use as much power and as big an antenna as possible to work anyone, especially DX stations. It has encouraged many hams who live in situations where they can't use high power or big antennas to get on the air anyway with their own minimal setups and enjoy this wonderful hobby. Of course, what makes the success possible is the extreme efficiency and effectiveness of Morse code. With other modes you may indeed need the skeptics' QRO and big antennas to succeed, but definitely not with CW. That is the most personally satisfying aspect of the streak for me. I'm delighted it has brought happiness to so many people.
A major change in the streak as well as in my ham radio career came on September 1, 1999. Before then I used a homebrew 5 watt CW transmitter of my own design and an ICOM R-71A receiver. On that day I purchased a Kenwood TS-570D transceiver - the first time I had ever used a commercial transmitter, as well as being the first transceiver. As soon as I unpacked it, I did two things. I put the microphone away in a drawer where it remains to this day. When I turned it on, I set the power to 5 watts output where it has remained to this day except for 3 experimental or accidental QSO's that I don't count in my streak totals. I used the 570 at QRO just to see how easy it was to work DX on 80M with high power. It was so easy, there was no satisfaction to it. I learned from those 2 QSO's what I had always known. QRP is the way to go in ham radio to derive maximum satisfaction from the hobby.
In April 2008, my friend Mike KC2EGL loaned me his TS-480SAT rig after he bought an Elecraft K-2 as his main rig. The 480 became my main rig until October 10, 2011, but I'm getting ahead of myself. More about that later. The 570 was relegated to backup or standby status where it remains to this day. The 480 gave me another band to play with - 6 meters. It was on that band that my 3rd QRO QSO happened. As with the 570, the power was set to 5 watts on all bands immediately. However, Mike and I missed setting the power on one of the three 6 meter positions. So my very first QSO with a VE2 station on 6 meters was done unaware by me at 100 watts. Before making another QSO there, I noticed the LED power meter was lighting up a whole lot more segments than it should, and I set the power correctly back to 5 watts. End of my QRO confessions. HI.
My antennas consist of a 110 foot end fed random wire for 160-30M mostly in my attic with a short extension down to my tiny back yard, a 20M dipole in the attic, a 15M vertical dipole on the side of my house also used for 17 and 12M, a 10M sloping dipole on my porch roof, and a rotatable 6M dipole in my attic. The five antennas have been and are being used for all my QSO's other than a couple portable operations now and then.
Although some days it was hard and took some time to find a QSO, the streak continued on and on. When my friend Mike, AB5XP answered my 30M CQ on April 30, 1997, that brought the streak to 1000 consecutive days.
Conditions were now getting better and better as the sunspots were starting to increase, and more and more DX QSO's started showing up in my log. By the time my streak reached 2000 days on January 25, 2000 when Bill, N4QA answered my 40M CQ, the bands were really alive and hopping. In fact the streak took on an extra aspect around that time. That same day marked 64 straight days I had worked at least one DX station. The DX streak would continue for 17 more days, then I missed working DX on February 12, 2000, but picked up the streak again on the 13th and that lasted 154 days. Both segments of that streak were ended by severe geomagnetic storms. I won't say more about the DX streaks here since they are covered in detail in a separate report.
My interest in ham radio suffered a blow early in 2001 when my mother passed away after a six week battle in the hospital and a nursing home. She was 95 years old, and we'd lived together for all my life. For the past several years she had been in good health, but needed me at home to take care of her, which I gladly did. I did not want to see her spend her last years in some uncaring nursing home. So her passing affected me quite a bit. One of the things that happened was that I lost some of my interest in hamming. I don't really know why, unless it was because my mom always supported my hobby and she loved looking at all the DX QSL cards I would receive, especially those from her native Italy. For most of the rest of 2001 I did not enter as many contests as usual nor did I chase as much DX as before. However the streak still continued during all that time.
I started to get back into the bigger contests in earnest at the end of 2001 and set personal records in such contests as the RSGB 10/15M, Ukraine DX, OK/OM, ARRL 10M. Then in early 2002 I really hit some of the bigger contests quite hard. In the January NAQP I had a rate of 51.4 for the full 10 hours of the contest. The February ARRL DX contest saw me break the 600 QSO barrier for the first time ever with 633 QSO's (and every one passed the ARRL log checking procedure of which I am proud). I continued to set personal best marks in many other contests in 2002 even though I still was not entering as many nor putting in as many hours as I once did.
Another goal was reached during the streak when I worked J45RW for my QRP country # 200 on July 27, 2002. New countries had been coming very slowly and continue to do so since I still don't devote all that much time to searching the bands for new ones. However I'm proud to have made it to 200 with just 5 watts and simple wire antennas.
When I worked a whole bunch of you starting with AA1SP on October 21, 2002, that extended the streak to 3000 consecutive days. Now I set my sights on making it to 10 years, and on August 4, 2004 I reached that goal. Helping me complete the ten years with QSO's on that day were: K4IR, N4CU, NB6M/MM, WE8UP, WD9F, WB5BRD, KS4OY, VE3AIJ, VA3RE, N4FI, & K3DQ. Thanks to all of you.
About a month before the 10 year point of the streak I got a request from a reporter for the local newspaper to let him write a story about my ham radio activities for the paper. As with the start of the streak, I didn't realize that this event would also be the start of something. It turned out the reporter was also a ham radio operator. I had read his articles in the paper, but never knew he was a ham until we talked about the article. I'm talking about Tom Mitchell, KB3LFC (now WY3H). Tom and I quickly became fast friends since his interest in ham radio was also CW, QRP, and simple wire antennas. He had been inactive and was just getting back into ham radio about that time. That was why we had never worked each other on the air despite our similar interests.
Not too long after the article was published, I again was contacted by Tom. This time he asked me if I was interested in helping him start up a new QRP club. To be honest, and Tom knows it, I thought there were too many QRP clubs already. However Tom said this would be a QRP CW club and would place emphasis on minimal QRP operation, i.e. using simple wire antennas and only using CW, no other modes. Well, that immediately piqued my interest and I said I certainly would be interested if the club stuck to those ideals. He agreed it would, and the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) was born in October of 2004.
Tom was the President, and I assumed the post of VP. Although my duties with the club which included being webmaster for the club website, processing awards and contest results, etc. took away from my on air time, the club activities encouraged me to get on the air more. I felt the club, dubbed "The QRP Club With A Difference" was doing things that other QRP clubs were not, and I really enjoyed the club awards program, the monthly sprints, and something I think is unique, the monthly Challenges. An example of a Challenge is making 30 QSO's on 30 meters in a month. Another is to 'get' all 26 letters of the alphabet from the call letters of stations you work. Each month we try to come up with something different but all have the bottom line of just trying to get more CW activity on the bands to help preserve this wonderful mode.
That's all I'm going to say about the club here. If I've piqued your curiousity and you want to know more, visit the club website at http://naqcc.info/.
Shortly (18 days) before the 11 year mark was reached, I hit 4,000 consecutive days. I had planned to work as many stations as possible that day, but the death of a cousin who was very dear to me that very same day changed those plans. I did work VE1XW, HI8RV, WZ2T, KC0TLN, and NB9D on the 4,000th day, but I would have liked to have worked a lot more of you since so many have expressed such an interest in the streak and followed it closely over the years.
During the 12th year of the streak, my activities consisted mostly of just continuing the streak, some contesting, the aforementioned NAQCC activities, and a little DXing when conditions permitted. My DX total remained at 204 as limited time and poor conditions kept me from working any new ones.
As the streak continued to get longer and reached the 15 year mark, it continued to provide an incentive for me to be active on the ham bands. That activity provides continued satisfaction and thrills for me.
There were many highlights from recent years. Working Desecheo Island meant I now have all North America DX entities worked except for Navassa Island.
A very recent highlight was working VK6DXI near Perth in Western Australia on 40 meters via long path while the sun still hadn't set here.
Perhaps the biggest recent thrill was working Hawaii on 80 meters not once but twice, and almost three times in the 2009 ARRL DX contest. Our 50th state became my 49th state on 80 meters. I need Alaska for an 80 meters WAS now.
The streak took on yet another aspect on May 1, 2010 because of one of the previously mentioned NAQCC challenges. During May club members were to make as many QSO's as possible using milliwatt power. A couple years prior I had finally made an RF attenuator with some carbon power resistors I had on hand so I could get back to mW or QRPp work again. The 570 and 480 rigs had a minimum power output of 5 watts so they couldn't be used for anything lower than that without modification. I really didn't want to mofify the rigs so an outboard RF attenuator seemed the way to go. The resistors I had cut the 5 watts down to 930 milliwatts so that would be my mW power for the challenge.
I wanted to do something a little extra rather than just trying to get as many mW QSO's as possible during the month. I decided to try to get at least one mW QSO each day - sort of a mini-streak within my main streak. Well, that turned out to be easy so near the end of May I decided to see just how long I could continue the mW streak. It turned out the streak lasted 447 days through July 21, 2011. It ended not because of any failure of QRPp or CW, but because I was simply too busy that day to get on the air for the mW QSO. I had been wanting to end the mW streak anyway because it was taking up quite a bit of my spare time on certain days now and then when conditions were a bit rough for mW work. Getting a mW QSO is not quite as easy as getting one with 5 watts, but it's not all that much harder, and on most days the QSO comes very easily. However some days did prove a little more difficult, and I had to wait till the morning or even afternoon (local time) to get the QSO because I just couldn't get one in my favorite 00Z and 01Z hours. Some days with various other activities here, it proved difficult to find that time and that is what finally ended the mW streak.
In the past several months in 2011, another two streaks came in to play as more or less 'sub-streaks' of the main streak. On February 7, 2011, I made more than one QSO, something of course I did on the majority of days in the streak. However this time I decided to see just how many days in a row I could add a 2nd QSO to the streak, naturally QRP/CW/simple wire antennas like the main streak QSO. I intentionally ended that 2nd QSO streak after 365 days on February 6, 2012 since it wasn't proving anything more than the main streak, and was taking up more time each day from other things.
I also had another fairly good-sized DX streak in 2011. Beginning on March 27 when I worked OZ1GML, and continuing for 122 days, ending on July 25. It ended mainly because of some very strong local man-made QRN that was present for most of the day on July 26. At least it was there every time I tried for a DX QSO.
On October 10, 2011, I had another major change in the streak. From that day on, virtually all my QSOs came on an Elecraft K2 which I used on loan, and eventually in early 2012 purchased from Mike KC2EGL. The fantastic receiver in the K2 made a big difference in my battle against local man-made QRN. I could now dig out much weaker signals than before. I also got Mike's KX-1 and have used it and will continue to use it for portable operations. That's the one I helped him build as a NAQCC project back in 2008/2009.
All QSO's in the main, DX, multi-QSO, and mW streaks came without any special arrangements. No skeds or regular net check-ins were involved in extending the streak. I just got on the air each day and called CQ or answered someone's CQ for my QSO. Even if I did have a sked with someone to give them Armstrong County or some other reason, I'd always make it a point to get another random QSO that day. The readers of my web site diary tell me it would be OK to make a sked with someone to insure the streak continues, but I'm hesitant to do so. One other thing requires mention. I never signed /QRP after my call to attract attention to the fact I was using QRP. I don't believe in doing that anyway. I'm just a normal ham operator who happens to use QRP.
I don't know if a streak this long could be maintained under the same conditions using another mode besides CW. At least I'm sure it wouldn't be as easy. I've never come seriously close to missing a day, although on some days it took a lot of listening and/or calling CQ before a contact came along.
Most of the time I got that first QSO of the day during the first hour of the day. The 0100Z hour provided the second highest total. The latest time to get that first QSO was 2311Z back on 14 Feb 1995 when I worked EA8/DJ1OT on 30M. That was the only first QSO that came in the 2300Z hour. 12 came in the 2200Z hour.
Now on to some statistics for the first 18 years of the streak. Notice I said the 'first 18 years' which means I have no intention of ending the streak just yet. It will continue to go on until some unforseen circumstance brings it to an end.
First a couple of notes on the stats. There are some minor discrepancies in the totals caused mainly by my not being sure about the location of /MM stations. Also Aves Island was worked before the streak started and not since, so my overall and streak DX entity totals are one apart.
Significant number of days in the streak and who I worked those days start off the stats:
Day Date Worked (band) 0001 08/05/94 - KG9N/C6A (30,40), FS/DL8WAA (40) 0365 (1 yr) 08/04/95 - VE3LOE/3, N5ION (17), KG8IT (40), W8RJW (30) 0500 12/17/95 - K4HPP, KE4AUN (30), VF5AAD (17), NG3H (160) 0731 (2 yrs) 08/04/96 - 68 stations in NAQP contest 1000 04/30/97 - AB5XP (30) 1096 (3 yrs) 08/04/97 - KB0RGU (40), K1AF (30) 1461 (4 yrs) 08/04/98 - KB0JTS (20) 1500 09/12/98 - W2BJ (30) 1826 (5 yrs) 08/04/99 - WN9U (40), 9A0DX (20) 2000 01/25/00 - WA3WSJ, N3AO (80), N6NF (15) 2192 (6 yrs) 08/04/00 - K4PTU (40), 6W/DK8YY (20) 2500 06/08/01 - AA3CT (40) 2557 (7 yrs) 08/04/01 - WJ4P, IT9ESW (30) 2922 (8 yrs) 08/04/02 - 45 stations in NAQP contest 3000 10/21/02 - 29 stations (various) 3287 (9 yrs) 08/04/03 - KN4PR (30) 3500 03/04/04 - N1PVP (40) 3653 (10 yrs) 08/04/04 - 11 stations (20,30,&40) 4000 07/17/05 - VE1XW, HI8RV, WZ2T, KC0TLN, and NB9D 4018 (11 yrs) 08/04/05 - VE3GXU, KB3LFC 4383 (12 yrs) 08/04/06 - WA2VQV, VA3RKM, VA3CBE, W3PM, and KB2JWD 4500 11/29/06 - N2JJE (160) 4748 (13 yrs) 08/04/07 - 83 stations in NAQP contest 5000 04/12/08 - WA8REI, W2JEK, W9ILF, WB4YZA, KB9BIT, W4HAY, N1WSD, N0NBD 5114 (14 yrs) 08/04/08 - K0KP, NS9I, N1BUG, WY3H, NN0Q, K4LRX 5479 (15 yrs) 08/04/09 - WD4EKB 5844 (16 yrs) 08/04/10 - WY3H, N1EAV, N9SKN 6000 6209 (17 yrs) 08/04/11 - V44KAO, S52F, W2BPI 6575 (18 yrs) 08/04/12 - AF4PD plus 108 NAQP QSOs Total number of QSO's: 55,942 Contest QSO's: 44,267 Other QSO's: 11,675 USA / VE QSO's: 40,486 DX QSO's: 15,456 Unique stations: 16,430 Most QSO's by Date: 11/7/99 - 416 (SS) 2/16/02 - 370 (ARRL DX) 2/17/01 - 342 (ARRL DX) 11/2/97 - 341 (SS) 11/5/95 - 341 (SS) States worked: All 50 Most often worked: Pennsylvania - 3,339 Wisconsin - 2,191 California - 2,075 Illinois - 2,014 Virginia - 1,717 Least often worked: Wyoming - 56 North Dakota - 64 Nebraska - 74 Idaho - 80 Alaska - 81 QSO's by Continent: Africa - 432 Antarctica - 14 Asia - 421 Europe - 10,503 North America - 43,222 Oceania - 199 South America - 1,205 Countries worked: 213 Most often worked of the 213 (excluding W/VE): Germany - 1,254 Italy - 723 England - 689 Hungary - 631 Czech Republic - 610 Top Countries by Continent: AF - Canary Is. - 146 AS - Japan - 183 EU - Germany - 1,254 NA - Puerto Rico - 249 OC - Hawaii - 128 SA - Aruba - 240 CQ Zones worked: 36 (need 22, 24, 26, 28) Most often worked CQ Zones: 4 - 19,551 5 - 17,517 15 - 5,097 14 - 4,337 3 - 3,499 8 - 1,932 Percent of QSO's that were DX by year: 1994 - 10.7 1995 - 9.3 1996 - 5.9 1997 - 13.6 1998 - 30.4 1999 - 37.0 2000 - 54.4 2001 - 55.3 2002 - 50.0 2003 - 31.3 2004 - 29.9 2005 - 19.2 2006 - 15.0 2007 - 12.0 2008 - 6.7 2009 - 7.5 2010 - 11.3 2011 - 36.5 QSO's by Band: 160 - 3,374 80 - 9,764 40 - 15,462 30 - 2,801 20 - 11,174 17 - 570 15 - 6,843 12 - 271 10 - 5,719 6 - 25 QSO's with 5 watts: 54,362 QSO's with less than 5 watts: 1,580 QSO's with less than 1 watt: 1,226 QSO's with less than 1/2 watt: 57 Highlights of the Streak: 1994: Aug 5 First day of the streak - worked KG9N/C6A 30M Aug 6 First USA QSO after 5 DX QSO's - AA9JY Aug 6 First Europe - UR4QBL 40M Aug 18 First South America - OA4FW 30M Aug 31 Country # 25 worked - YV4DDT 40M Sep 9 First Africa - ZD8OK 30M Oct 20 Country # 50 worked - HB0/HB9NL 15M Dec 23 KB3BFQ received his ham ticket - he was the one who suggested the streak idea to me. Dec 28 Worked KB3BFQ on 10M - My first 10M QSO ever 1995: Jan 16 First of 17 straight days with one or more DX QSO's Jan 18 First Oceania - KH6AK 40M Feb 14 34 minute rag chew with EA8/DJ1OT Feb 15 Worked K3KLC in MD on 160M - My first 160M QSO ever Feb 17 Country # 75 worked - 9A3MA 40M Jun 28 Worked K0OSW in MN on 12M - My first 12M QSO ever Jul 30 First Asia and Country # 100 worked - RW0A 20M 1996: Jan 24 Worked P49I with 70 mW on 30M Mar 16 Worked EA6BH with 500 mW on 30M Apr 6 First Antarctica - EM1KA 30M May 10 VK6HQ answered my CQ on 30M - most distant QSO of the streak Jun 12 Worked W4HG in NC on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, & 80 meters in 31 minutes Nov 24 Solar Flux rises to 100 for the first time during the streak Nov 24 JA3ZOH & JH0ZHQ show up in my log - My first Japanese QSO's 1997: May 24 Country # 120 worked - RW2F 20M Oct 6 Worked RA9CKQ to complete 15M WAC Nov 2 Near clean sweep in the SS - missed YT & NE Nov 30 Worked WAC in a single day within 5h 22m 1998: Jan 29 Country # 130 worked - ER10A 15M May 1 Country # 140 worked - 4Z5AX 20M Nov 28 Country # 150 worked - 5V7A 20M 1999: Jun 19 VK6HQ again answers my 30M CQ Aug 26 Country # 160 worked - NH6D/KH3 30M Sep 1 Purchased a Kenwood TS-570D after many years of wanting a xcvr Sep 1 First QSO with the Kenwood was KO1C on 40M Nov 4 Worked EA8CN to complete 17M WAC Nov 7 Busiest day with 416 QSO's Nov 7 537 QSO's in the SS - My most QSO's ever in a test Nov 23 First of 81 straight days with some DX worked Nov 27 Busiest DX day with 273 DX QSO's Nov 27 Worked CT3BX to complete 10M WAC Nov 27 Worked 25 JA's in a couple hours Nov 28 500 QSO's in the CQWW DX test - Best DX test ever Nov 28 6V6U on 15M is country # 100 with my new Kenwood Nov 30 Worked 5C8M to complete 12M WAC 2000: Jan 1 Worked my friend of 30+ years, VA3RJ for first QSO of the 2000's Feb 11 UA0ABK worked - 81 straight days with a DX QSO Feb 13 After missing DX on the 12th, started a new DX streak with KG4KO Feb 19-20 512 DX QSO's in the ARRL DX test Mar 4 JT1DA is my first zone 23 QSO Mar 18 Worked country # 100 in the year 2000 - VP2VI Mar 21 Made 23 DX QSO's including new countries EX2X and SV0LK Apr 21 WAC in 6 straight QSO's on 5 bands - RV9CP-20M, VK4XA-17M, UX1MM-10M, W5UJA-15M, YV6AZC-12M, and EA8ALP-20M May 22 100th straight day with a DX QSO - RA2FBC + others Jun 20 First zone 37 - 5H3RK - country #181 overall Jul 10 TT8JLB is country #184 in the streak Jul 15 154th straight day with a DX QSO - FP/AI5P Nov 25 A61AJ in the CQWW DX test - 190 countries worked overall 2001: Jan 1 Lots of fun as usual in the ARRL SKN event Jan 13 457 QSO's in the NAQP - best contest rate at 46.9/hr Feb 17 558 QSO's in the ARRL DX test - most QSO's ever in a test Feb 20 Worked D68C for country #193 overall 2002: Jan 12 514 QSO's in the NAQP - best contest rate at 51.4/hr Feb 16 633 QSO's in the ARRL DX test - most QSO's ever in a test May 5 IK2PFL is DX QSO #10,000 in streak Jul 27 Worked J45RW for QRP country #200 overall (199 in streak) Nov 24 Worked S9MX for QRP country #201 Dec 4 Worked 4J6ZZ for QRP country #202 (also #150 on 15M) Dec 21 OM3RM is DX QSO #11,000 in streak 2003: Jan 11 Second year in a row with a 51+ hourly rate in the NAQP Feb 1 Approximate beginning of a major decline in conditions from the superb propagation of the past 3-4 years Feb 16 DF0LI is my QSO #1,000 with Germany in the streak Nov 29-30 Worked the CQWW DX contest portable from my cousin's house. Nov 30 Worked SU9NC for country #203 overall (202 in streak) Dec 27 Best ever RAC contest with 222 QSO's 2004: Jan 10 Declining conditions show up with 109 less QSO's in NAQP Jan 25 VE3PN is QSO #39,000 in streak Feb 21-22 367 QSO's in ARRL DX - down from 633 just 2 years ago Feb 22 F5RRS is DX QSO #12,000 in streak Mar 14 Best ever WIQP with 143 QSO's Aug 4 The streak reaches 10 complete years Sep 18 WD5GXO is QSO #40,000 in streak 2005: Feb 8 K5PTC is QSO #41,000 in streak May 28 4L8A in Georgia make 204 DX entities worked (203 in streak) May 30 Worked Hoot Owl Sprint in field with KB3LFC Jul 17 The streak reaches 4,000 days Aug 2 W2LJ is QSO #42,000 in streak Aug 4 The streak reaches 11 complete years Dec 26 KU3G is QSO #43,000 in streak 2006: May 29 Second time in the field in the streak - Hoot Owl Sprint w/ KB3LFC Jun 2 For the third time VK6AU (ex-VK6HQ) answers my 30M CQ Jun 14 W9FNB is QSO #44,000 in streak Aug 4 The streak reaches 12 complete years Aug 25 Have a QSO with WA8REI 40 years to the day after our first QSO Dec 16 4J6ZZ's QSL card makes 198 countries verified 2007: Jan 13 K4RO is QSO #45,000 in streak Feb 18 5Z4/9A3A is country #204 in streak (205 overall) Jul 14 KU1CW is QSO #46,000 in streak Aug 2 5Z4/9A3A's QSL card makes 199 countries verified Aug 4 The streak reaches 13 complete years Oct 10 I win my 14th NAQCC sprint - SWA category Dec 2 W4DR is QSO #47,000 in streak 2008: Jan 28 Worked W0BH in Kansas to complete Kansas all bands 160-10M Feb 6 OH0R's QSL card makes 100 countries verified on 40 meters Apr 3 The 45th anniversary of my Novice ticket - KN3WWP Apr 12 The streak reaches 5,000 days Apr 14 KC2EGL gives me a Kenwood TS-480SAT which becomes my main rig Apr 29 FJ/DJ2VO is country #205 in streak (206 overall) Jun 29 First ever 6 meter QSO - W0GKP - MN first state worked on 10 bands Aug 4 The streak reaches 14 complete years Aug 12 First 6 meters QSL received - WY3H - PA 1st state veried 10 bands 2009: Feb 15 K5D is country #206 in streak (207 overall) Feb 16 First QSO with KC2EGL's KX-1 built as a NAQCC project Feb 22 KH6MB is new state (#49), new country, new zone on 80 meters May 1 KH6MB's QSL card received for state #49 veried on 80M, first Oceania veried on 80M, first zone 31 veried on 80M Jul 26 VK6DXI worked in daylight (8PM EDT) via long path on 40 meters Aug 1 K0JPL is QSO #50,000 in streak Aug 2 W9TTT is unique station #15,000 in streak Aug 4 The streak reaches 15 complete years Aug 18 Get KL7J on 30 to complete 30 meters WAS - finally 2010: May 1 The beginning of a mW 'streak within a streak' Aug 4 The streak reaches 16 complete years Aug 15 403T is country #208 in streak Oct 19 PJ6A is country #209 in streak 2011: Jan 7 The streak reaches 6,000 days worked K1IEE KQ1P W8LQ AF4LV KF8R N2ESE WA8REI W4QO W2JEK WY3H Feb 7 The beginning of a multi-QSO per day streak Feb 19 PJ4A ('new' Bonaire entity) is country # 210 in streak Feb 19 PJ2T ('new' Curacao entity) is country # 211 in streak Mar 19 Get R0QA and RW0CWA with mW to complete mW WAC Mar 27 The beginning of a DX streak Jun 25 10 and 6 meters open for Field Day - 82 QSO's in 31 states on 10 Jul 3 Portable N3AQC op with KC2EGL and K3RLL at Kittanning Community Park Jul 21 Last day of a 447 day mW QSO streak Jul 25 Last day of a 122 day DX streak Aug 4 The streak reaches 17 complete years Oct 10 My first QSO using what would become my K2 when purchased later from Mike KC2EGL Nov 14 Worked MU0FAL for band-country # 1,000 Nov 19 Worked VE4WI for last province for NAQCC WAVE award Nov 26/27 Made 296 DX QSOs in 93 countries in the CQ WW DX contest Nov 28 Worked PJ4/K4BAI for country # 100 on 12 meters 2012: Mar 16 Worked PJ7PT for overall country # 212 in the streak May 26/27 Made 291 DX QSOs in the CQ WPX contest Jun 7 Worked D3AA for overall country # 213 in the streak (214 total incl Aves Is b4 streak) Jun 24 Worked NI0DX in NE to complete NAQCC mW WAS and Elecraft WASTo reiterate, the purpose of my giving all this information about my streak is simply to show anyone who reads this that QRP does work well, even with simple wire antennas and a less than average location, especially with CW. If you are in a situation where you can't use high power or put up huge antennas, maybe my results will encourage you to get on the air with a simple setup and give it a try. I guarantee that you will succeed and be able to enjoy the finest of all hobbies. Give it a try - you may never go QRO again.