I have been working a few stations this evening in the CQWW SSB contest, I have made my station basic and low power on purpose, it is all about the QRP challenge this year and my setup reflect the rewards that basic operating can give.
I have worked the following stations already with 500mw SSB using the butternut HF9V antenna and patience. Of course it's a standard 59 report being in contest, a shame really that I didn't get a true report from the other side of the QSO.
DF0HQ on 40m
K1BX on 10m
VY2TT on 10m
RL3A on 15m
RN3F on 20m
The mission is to see if I can match Keith's (G0RQQ) 7 band 1000miles per watt award but over a weekend, I'm not far off. I may sneak onto 160m later or wait until morning for 12/17m although I have already got one qso for 1000miles per watt on 12m from a couple of weeks ago with an EA8 station.
Keith has had a run if success on 10m with five 500mw contacts across the Atlantic. Hopefully more QRP DX will follow for us both.
Below is a picture of the basic station a it stands this evening. You may start to notice I am forever shifting my radios to allow for work and experimenting.