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mW Streak

During the month of May 2010, our NAQCC had a challenge to make as many mW QSOs as possible. Fortunately a couple years earlier I finally got around to making 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 on hand cut the 5 watts down to 930 milliwatts so that would be my mW power for the challenge.

However 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. 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 came 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 addition to the 447 daily QSOs to keep the streak going, I made an additional 228 mW QSOs during the streak period for a total of 675. I'll analyze those 675 in the stats here:
QSOs by band:
160 -  16
 80 - 139
 40 - 312
 30 -  44
 20 -  81
 17 -  20
 15 -  49
 12 -   3
 10 -   9
  6 -   2
  
QSOs by power:
930 mW - all 675

QSOs by country:
8P    -   4
9A    -   6
C6    -   5
CM    -   4
CN    -   1
CT    -   4
CT3   -   1
CX    -   2
D4    -   2
DL    -   6
E7    -   5
EA    -   3
EA6   -   1
EA8   -   5
EU    -   1
F     -   4
FM    -   4
G     -   3
GM    -   3
HA    -   2
HI    -   2
HK    -   1
I     -   5
K     - 503
KH6   -   3
KP2   -   3
KP4   -   4
LU    -   1
LY    -   2
OE    -   1
OH    -   3
OM    -   5
ON    -   2
P4    -   3
PJ4   -   3
PJ6   -   2
PY    -   6
PZ    -   1
S5    -   4
SP    -   1
TI    -   5
UA9   -   2
V2    -   2
V3    -   2
V4    -   3
VE    -  21
VP5   -   8
VP9   -   2
XE    -   2
YN    -   2
YU    -   3
ZF    -   2
Total countries worked - 52

QSOs by continent:
AF    -   9
AS    -   2
EU    -  64
NA    - 580
OC    -   3
SA    -  17

QSOs by CQ zone:
 3    -   3
 4    - 217
 5    - 305
 6    -   2
 7    -   9
 8    -  43
 9    -   8
11    -   6
13    -   3
14    -  26
15    -  37
16    -   1
19    -   2
31    -   3
33    -   7
35    -   2
Unk   -   1
Total zones: 16

All QSOs by UTC hour:
00    - 347
01    -  66
02    -  13
03    -   9
05    -   2
09    -   3
11    -   3
12    -   8
13    -  10
14    -  14
15    -  20
16    -  26
17    -  37
18    -  33
19    -   8
20    -  19
21    -  25
22    -  22
23    -  10

First QSO of the day by UTC hour:
00    - 278
01    -  51
02    -   6
03    -   6
11    -   3
12    -   7
13    -   8
14    -   8
15    -  13
16    -  17
17    -  18
18    -   7
19    -   1
20    -   7
21    -  10
22    -   6
23    -   1

Most QSOs a day:
2/19/2011   -   35 (ARRL DX contest)
2/20/2011   -   27 (ARRL DX contest)
3/19/2011   -   19 (Russian DX contest)
12/5/2010   -   13 (ARRL 160M contest)
12/30/2010  -   10 (NAQCC mW contest)

QSOs from my CQs: 310
DX QSOs from a single call: 19
QSOs from a tail end call: 14
Contest QSOs: 206
1000 MPW QSOs: 168

Best 1000 MPW QSOs:
RW0CWA   -   6,333
CW5W     -   5,696 (twice)
LP2F     -   5,584
PP5KR    -   5,444
R0QA     -   5,415

1000 MPW QSOs by distance:
6,000+       -   1
5,000-5,999  -  21
4,000-4,999  -  45
3,000-3,999  -  20
2,000-2,999  -  32
1,000-1,999  -  44
Exact unk    -   5

States worked: 39 (missing - AK AZ ID KS MT NE NM NV OK OR SC )