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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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Jul 21, 2017 - Deleted some broken links in my QSL Routes page in the DX and QSL sections.

NOTE ON MY AUGUST 2017 QST ARTICLE ON PAGE 73-74: Because of a slight mixup between the QST editors and me, there are a couple errors in the third paragraph from the end. It should read as follows with the corrections in red:
"I've also worked all continents, all states, and 91 DX entities with QRPp (1 W, down to as little as 50 mW). I could have even more DX, but I often don't think of dropping my power from 5 W until after I've worked someone I could have easily worked with QRPp. I had a QRPp streak of 447 days from May 1, 2010 through July 21, 2011, all of which were initiated with QRPp - not starting at 5 W, then lowering power."

Jul 15, 2017 - A new poll posted and previous poll archived.
Apr 25, 2017 - Added a link in my QRP Rigs page to QuirkyQRP Ham Radios. Maker of the world's smallest QRP rig.
Apr 21, 2017 - Fixed broken link and modified table slightly on my Propagation Page.
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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 8,900 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.
Join 3,651 different visitors from at least 145 countries who have signed as of 28-Jun-17.
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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 1,490 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
7/21/17 8,387WA1OIRMABILL30C00-NP4LW, 20, 00
7/20/17 8,386XE1XRMEXDAVID20-0040XE1XR, 20, 00
7/19/17 8,385K7MOAGAKEY30C002CP4BT, 30, 00
7/18/17 8,384K1YANMAGARY30-002KP4TF, 40, 00
7/17/17 8,383AK4JAGABOB40-002HC2AO, 30, 23
7/16/17 8,382W3MWRPAGEORGE40-002AM825TL, 20, 00
7/15/17 8,381K0ZKMETOM40C003HG17OW, 20, 20
7/14/17 8,380J68GDSTL-30-001J68GD, 30, 00
7/13/17 8,379YW450ARVVEN-30-001YW450ARV, 30, 00
7/12/17 8,378HI3TDMN-30-001HI3T, 30, 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
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 Jun 30, 2017:
Days - 8,366 = 22 years, 10 months, 26 days
DX streak - 1,583 days = 4 years, 4 months
Total QSO's - 68,221
mW QSO's - 1,510
DX QSO's - 22,871
Different hams - 19,227
Hams worked first time last month - 17

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.

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>> NOTES <<
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)