Wednesday 28 December 2016. Today I attempted to complete my SOTA and VKFF Park chasing with a maximum of 5 watts power output from my Icom IC-7300.
Results are shown in the table below. Between 2300 and 2345 UTC propagation on 40 and 20m was excellent working Matt VK1MA/2 on 40m and later Steve VK7CW on 20m with a power setting of 750 milliwatts. 🙂
Of the nine QSOs seven were completed with a power setting at 5 watts or less. 2 QSOs were completed at 10 watts output.
|UTC Date||UTC Time||Band||Mode||Callsign||SOTA / Park Reference||My Tx Pwr (watts)||Notes|
|27/12/16||23:04||7MHz||SSB||VK1MA/2||VK2/SW-036||3||Matt S59 R59, 59 km|
|27/12/16||23:09||7MHz||SSB||VK1MA/2||VK2/SW-036||0.75||Matt S59 R56, 59 km|
|27/12/16||23:25||14MHz||SSB||VK7CW||NA||0.75||Working Steve in Tasmania on 20m 14.315 MHz with 750 milliwatts, distance is 700 km. Steve is operating a FT-817 at 500 milliwatts. Signal reports were 5-5 and 5-8|
|28/12/16||1:04||7MHz||SSB||VK1MA/2||VK2/SW-027||5||Matt S56 R52, 53 km|
|28/12/16||1:09||7MHz||SSB||VK3CAT/P||VK3/VE-040||5||Tony S56 R59, 315 km|
|28/12/16||2:35||7MHz||SSB||VK2YK/3||VKFF-0627||10||Adam S56 R36. I started at 3 watts but moved to 10 watts to complete the 464 km contact.|
|28/12/16||2:44||7MHz||SSB||VK1MA/2||VK2/SW-026||3.5||Matt S57 R52, 51 km|
|28/12/16||2:46||14MHz||SSB||VK1MBE/2||VK2/ST-036||5||Andrew S55 R51, 26 km|
|28/12/16||5:03||7MHz||SSB||VK1MA/2||VK2/SW-028||10||Matt S56 R56, 38 km. Again I started at 3 watts but moved to 10 watts to complete the contact|
Go QRP! 5 watts or less 😉