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antarctica on 5w ? KD7PJD on 25/9/17
Under the right conditions, one can certainly work Antarctica on 5 Watts, provided an efficient antenna, located high and in the clear is used.

CW (or digital) would work best; phone would work, provided you were the first ham to hear the antarctic station before the pile-up started.

My best Antarctic contact was with 50 Watts and an attic dipole on 20 meters, working KC4AAA. The dipole was 15 feet off the ground, at best. There was no one else on the band, except that station. Lesson learned, never assume the band is dead, even though on-line band condition reporting says it's dead.
Almost embarrass about today HAM radio Tedlyon on 25/9/17
I wouldn't just yet.

Consider Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. 98% of all cell phone towers were out of commission. As I write this, they are having a communications crisis there, yet Amateur Radio still works.

There are other uses of Amateur Radio beside emergency work.
LoTW still matching VUCC SATELLITE QSOs erroneously py2rn on 24/7/17
For questions, please contact

Bob Allison
LOTW Complaints W4RIG on 24/7/17
Contact for logbook questions, please.

Bob Allison
CW and QRP on 80 meters KE0KCG on 13/7/17
Hello Chris,

The Cricket is a QRP transceiver with about 1/2 Watt of RF output. For this level of power, you would need a full size dipole antenna, about 130 feet in total length and at least one tall support structure, preferably two, to get it up high.

80 meters does work well with low power on CW. However, you will need frequency flexibility to make the most of your experience. The Cricket is Crystal control. This is just fine if you are patient, or want to talk across town and practice your code speed.

There is quite a bit of CW activity, at night, on 80 meters. It's a good band to chat on and the lower end of the CW band has plenty of DX stations to work. October through April are the best months to operate there, due to high static levels during the summer.

I'm the test engineer at the Lab, so I cannot recommend what to buy for getting on CW. Just about all modern HF transceivers have CW and are frequency agile.

Good luck and have fun!

Bob Allison

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