On 25 May 2003 I worked the WPX-CW contest.
I started calling CQ-WPX at 0000Z but was only answered about
every fifth time. After about an hour I had only 18 QSOs on 80
meters. I started calling CQ just to see how the propagation was.
At 0120Z TO5AA was 559. Finally I was able to work Europe a bit.
Yesterday, before the WPX-CW
contest I heard someone call CQ. The signal was right at the noise
level, so it was impossible to copy. Even my 500-Hz filter didn't
improve the signal. I fine tuned
the RST finally got up to 339 and I recognized
part of his call sign, 3?2N?, but with QSB. He continued to call CQ but had
no response. The RST got up to 559. The call sign was 3D2NC. I gave
him a call. No answer. I called again. He said RPT AGN, but there
was a European station calling him and he went back the European.
On my third attempt he finally came back to me. Sadly he gave me
the standard RST 559 for my QRP signal.
At 1101Z I heard no body calling. . I waited for a few
minutes more. Then a few sations from Siberia and Europe started
calling. They probably heard the pile-up for 3D2NC, whose signal
peaked at 569. After about 30 contacts his signal dropped and
I couldn't hear him any more. I was interested in how well he
was heard in Siberia so I sent an e-mail to UA0 asking how well
the European station was heard there.
On 20 meters signals from far Europe were 559 and on 15
meters they were 579. The frequency of 3D2 is free now. Is somebody
calling QRL ? I waited and heard CQ CQ de A3JJ A3JJ K. Immediately
a few stations called him. A3JJ answered a Dutch station and giving
"... de EA3JJ". After first QSO the pile-up disappeared.
Today I heard RZ6HX/QRP on 21 MHz.
72! Alexei, UA4ARL/qrp
The RCC had a contest on 26 April 2003. Propagation was
poor for both short and long skip, but I did make 150 QSOs. However
not many contacts were QRP. After the contest I listened to the
upper bands without luck. 15 meters was dead as well as 10 meters.
I listened to HF in the evening and it was dead also.
The weather in Volgograd is very unstable now. Friday
the high was +19 C, Saturday it was only +5 C.
Victor, RZ4AA, shares QRP experiences with me. He said
"After every contest I always hear HF. Usually propagation
is better than before the contests. The contesters have gone back
to their other rigs and then it is possible to work 5 watts QRP
DX without any problems." Last weekend he had about 20 QRP
QSOs into South America (LU, CX and PY) using 5 watts and dipole
antenna up about 5 meters. He worked one LU station who
was also running QRP and they both exchanged RST of 579!
I next listened to 21.00 MSK. I heard the Switzerland
contest. The propagation was improving some now. I tuned to the
DX window and heard someone transmitting "...ON /QRP. His
RST here was 589 and he was talking to Belgium, but I couldn't
hear the Belgian station. He told the Belgian station that he
was usng a K2 txcvr. When he said 73 and gave his call sign, I
was surprised to hear VK9XK! I gave him a call and he came back
to me on the first try. He gave my RST as 599. His QTH was Christmas
Island. Grear FUN!
72! UA4ARL/qrp Alexei Rusakov