Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gee, That Was a Lot of Fun!

If anyone had told me a week ago I could have this much fun running QRP from Alaska, I'd have said they were nuts.  I started the ARRL 10 meter contest at 5 watts just to test the waters, thinking I would soon grow frustrated and go with a LP entry. 

Encouraged by the initial results, I stuck it out at QRP.  NL7YL's CW QRP AK record has stood since 1991, and I crushed it.  Another KL QRP might beat me this year, but the basic score was very gratifying. I could work just about everyone I could hear.  I even had some brief runs.  Conditions were far from spectacular, especially lacking EU.  

Laboring under some disadvantage with tri-banders no longer horizontal after a month of back-to-back ice and wind storms, it's good to know the station still has some competitive standing.  The QSO count exceeds my lifetime QRP achievement by two orders of magnitude.  I can't complain about that.

Call: KL2R
Operator(s): N1TX
Station: KL2R

Class: SO CW QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 10.5

 Band  QSOs  Mults
   CW:  333    68
Total:  333    68  Total Score = 90,576


  1. Nice score especially for QRP. 73, Bas

  2. Great job, Larry! QRP is sure tough from up there as I ran it several times with my IC-703. Your station is much better than anything I had, even with your beams being out of whack. Wonderful job! Congrats on the new record my friend!

  3. Yes....QRP is very addictive; especially the DX part!