Re: Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

John - KK4ITX

In January I made just under 5,000 miles to France from Zhills, FL.  I have found that there were fewer operators on because “the bands are dead” or they has gone to FT8 but it is very rare for me to go out and not make a few QSOs...... sometimes even using SB from the beach to check into the Maritime Net, Maine to Texas or Thunder Bay on 5w.

My opinion is that the bands are so free from use that they become quiet and even if the meter doesn’t deflect, communication can be accomplished, but only if you try..... and someone else is listening.  If it wasn’t for the RBN and WSPR some days I would think my equipment was not functioning at all.

I get just as much enjoyment out of a 10 mile contract as I do from 2,000 miles.


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On Jul 4, 2021, at 18:16, Tim N9PUZ <tim.n9puz@...> wrote:

Well, Cycle 25 or not, it seems like the days where there has been an increased SFI it has been accompanied by higher A and K indices so the end result has not been improved too much.

It's still a lot of fun. I enjoy working someone a hundred miles away as I do contacting the other side of the country.


On 7/4/2021 3:20 PM, Curt via wrote:
Cycle 25 is evidently underway, but for me so far the results have been pretty mediocre.  Using a variety of radios ( BJ40, 5W-30, HT-20, K1 ) on 20,30,40 using wire antennas,  have yet to get beyond the US.  During minimum in Fall of 2019, had no difficulty working Asia and Europe with QRP.  The bands seem poor compared to my experiences during Cycle 24.  I realize we are just entering Cycle 25.

What are other experiences so far running QRP?

72, Curt KB5JO

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