The Wakes I Leave...

A Recent QRP (2W) DX QSO with the KX1 and the Alexloop Indoors


It is not the first time that VE3DTI manages a CW DX QSO with the Alexloop indoors – all contacts as SM5/VE3DTI and DL/VE3DTI were made in this manner. However, those were made in November-December 2015 (when HF propagation was significantly better than it is right now) and with the Elecraft KX3 operating at 5 Watts.

Instead, the QSO with Duc F5UQE was logged a couple of days ago using the home-assembled KX1 (see “Shack in a Pelican“) at 2.0 Watts (as reported by the KX1 ATU function). The Alexloop was on a camera tripod inside the living room of VE3DTI son’s house in Rockland, Ontario (FN25im). The contact was not easy (as shown by the RST’s: Rx 319, Tx 339), but, with some effort, reports, names, QTH’s and even SKCC Tribune numbers were successfully exchanged.

The distance between Grid Loc’s JO10is and FN25im is of 3,444 miles (, which places this QSO well over the 1K mile-per-watt mark.

The QSO has since been confirmed both in eQSL and LoTW:

Un gran merci et 73, Duc!