As some of you may know, I built a Elecraft K2 tranceiver four months ago and have been using it with great success. I operate only CW and QRP (5 Watts or less). To date, I have worked 90 different countries (QRP CW); these included Japan.
Yesterday, at 5:46 PM I worked my 90 th country, and this was Australia, VK2AET on 10 meters running 4.8 Watts from my K2 to an OCF dipole. We had a 12 minute solid QSO, and Scott (the Austalian) couldn’t believe I was QRP. This contact also gave me the last continent I needed for QRP WAC.
As a point of interest, this turned out to be well over 2,000 miles per Watt.
Also, I recently built a Elecraft K1 transceiver and worked Germany, Ukraine and South Africa for my first 3 QSO’s . These rigs are by far the best I have ever operated and that includes Collins, Kenwood and Icom. I have even made contacts through pile-ups more than once with my 5 Watts.
73 W1ZMB , Tony Castellano