John, K3WWP, and “the streak”

Here’s a link to an amateur radio website that celebrates a one-of-a-kind accomplishment that is still going on.

John, callsign K3WWP of Kittanning, PA, operates low power (QRP) CW (Morse code) with very simple equipment and antennas.  Several years ago John decided he would make at least one QRP CW contact per day just to see how long he could keep it up.

As of August 3, 2017, John’s streak has been going for 8,400 DAYS!!!  That’s right — using only low power (5 watts or less), very simple antennas and Morse code, John has made at least one contact per day for 8,400 days without a break — that’s 23 years!!  And he’s still at it!!

Go to John’s very informative website to follow his streak and to learn more about this interesting facet of amateur radio.

Very good contact with N1NUH

Had a good contact tonight on 40 CW with Joe, N1NUH, in Middlebury, CT.  Joe sends CW very well — it was easy to copy him.  We chatted on CW from around 0208Z to 0240Z 6/22/17.  Signals were strong and solid all the way.

I was using my old S&S Engineering ARK-4 QRP CW transceiver running 5 watts into my OCF dipole.  The ARK4 has a built-in keyer; I plugged in a paddle and was trying to use it.  I’m very rusty with the paddle; will try using it more and more to develop some proficiency with it.  Here’s the ARK-4.

ARK-4
S&S Engineering ARK-4; 40-meter CW; 5 watts output; built-in keyer (paddle for the keyer, or, straight key); no speaker, phones only.  Notice the thumbwheel switch tuning.

And here’s the paddle — built from a kit by American Morse.

portapaddle

Good contact

Around 8:42 PM EDST, May 30, I had an enjoyable contact with AC4FZ,Wally, in Lillington NC.  Signal strength was good on both ends; we exchanged RST 559.  Thanks for the QSO, Wally; I’ll send a QSL card.

On my end I was using my old S&S Engineering ARK-4 40-meter QRP CW rig with 5 watts out.  Key was the American Morse KK-1B, which I built from a kit.

ARK-4
S&S Engineering ARK-4; 40-meter CW; 5 watts output; built-in keyer (paddle for the keyer, or, straight key); no speaker, phones only.

 

kk1b
American Morse KK-1B straight key

Station status

Currently my main HF rig — the Yaesu FT-857 — is back at Yaesu in California for repairs.  The rig had no power output on the HF bands; had normal output on VHF and UHF.

Sent it back to Yaesu on May 17; they received it May 19.  As of May 29 I still have not heard back from Yaesu with a repair estimate.

I am still operating QRP with the Yaesu FT-817 and the Elecraft K1.