Sunday, September 29, 2013

1 SSB QRP Contact

Today was a super nice day here in New Jersey. Temps in the 70's with a sunny sky, a slight chilly breeze.

Decided to set up the FT-857 with a Par 20 meter end fed on a painters pole sloping to the ground. A few dx stations were around the dial on 20 but was not able to beat the pile ups.

I was happy to get a response from Fred, IK4JPK, in Parma, Italy when I answered his CQ call with a friendly hi Jim! My radio was set to 10 watts and received a 5-7, your antenna is working.

A nice Sunday spent in the yard.


  1. Hi Jim, a nice qrp contact into Europe. The PAR is a very good antenna. Weather here the same, nice and calm autumn weather. Enjoying while it last before the storm season is here. 73 Paul

  2. Hi Paul,
    Your right before you know it cold man winter will be here.

  3. Good morning Jim, very nice contact as it's not a easy task making a SSB QRP contact. It's now Oct but the weather is not to bad at all for this time of year......soon the tables will turn.

  4. Hi Mike,
    It helps if the other party has the beam aimed in my direction. Should have time tomorrow afternoon and see if I can get a few more SSB low powered fun. Enjoy the weather!