QRP/P with the Mini W3EDP – Two QSO’s Half-a-Globe Away: Confirmed


During the recent visit to Uruguay, operating QRP/P as CX7RT, with the Elecraft KX3 at 5W and the mini-W3EDP (1/4th version of the original W3EDP), two QSO’s were logged in FT8, both in the 17M band and at distances of almost a full meridian: Kazuo JF8EVE in Hokkaido , Japan, and Evgenij UA0CA in Khabarovsk, Asiatic Russia. Both were at a distance surpassing 11,000 miles. They were short of only one other QSO in the CX7RT log: Kim HL2CFY from South Korea, a CW QSO in the 10M band logged in November 2014, when conditions were much better than those in recent months. Needless to say, I was eager to receive both QSL confirmations. Here is a composite with the eQSL card from Kazuo JF8EVE and the LoTW QSL from Evgenij. Much appreciated to both since stations like theirs are what made possible for the mini-W3EDP to reach half-a-globe away. It is also no coincidence that all three were made close to UTC-midnight, when the Sun is vertical to a point in the Pacific Ocean equidistant from South America and the Asiatic East Coast.