I am very much aware of the limits in my own abilities as radio-operator, as well as the limitations in my radio equipment, and more precisely, my challenged antennas. Hence, it came as a huge surprise to have been awarded two CQ WW DX Certificates for having placed First in Canada in two 2016 CQ World-Wide DX Contests in the ALL SO QRP category: the 2016 CQ WW DX Contest CW (https://www.cqww.com/scorescw.htm) and the 2016 CQ WW DX Contest SSB (https://www.cqww.com/scoresph.htm).
My first reaction is that much of the credit for both these results ought to be given to the much abler colleagues with much better radios and antennas who either refrained from participating, participated much shorter times or did not submit their logs at the end of each contest. The rest of the credit ought to go to all the radio-amateur stations – mainly powerful ones – who struggled with my challenged QRP signals at the other end of each QSO.
Here is an article I posted last December about my equipment and participation in the 2016 CQ WW DX CW: https://thewakesileave.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/3322/. Also, here is another posted October 2015 with my impressions after participating in the 2015 CQ WW DX Contest SSB: https://thewakesileave.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/a-qrp-shouting-weekend-at-the-shack-the-cq-ww-ssb/. My participation in the 2016 CQ WW DX SSB would not have been much different than that in the previous year, except for the fact that in 2015, with almost four times the score, I had placed fifth in Canada in the same category, which further supports the considerations in the above second paragraph.
My appreciation to all for these results, which are unlikely to ever repeat themselves: