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Polls
(#221-230 January 2018-November 2018)

#226 - Which of these do you use most often to get station info?
Date: 5/15/18-6/14/18 --- Voters: 56

Which     Nr    %
QRZ       55  98%
HamCall    1   2%
WM7D       0   0%


A nice increase in the number of voters this month. Thanks. And the winner by a landslide is.....QRZ. Not surprising at all. HamCall (nee Buckmaster) has really slipped over the years. They may have hurt themselves by the name switch as familiarity means a lot. When I mention them, I still find myself referring to them as Buckmaster. Personally I mostly use WM7D for W/VE lookups since they give the basic info I need in a simple form. For DX I use QRZ exclusively except perhaps to check Buck.... I mean HamCall for the rare station that doesn't show up on WM7D or QRZ, and they are very very few and usually don't show up on HamCall either.



#225 - How often do you use QRP CW?
Date: 4/15/18-5/14/18 --- Voters: 25

How often                 Nr    %
4 to 6 times a week        6  24%
2 to 3 times a week        5  20%
Every day                  4  16%
A few times a year         4  16%
Once a week                2   8%
16 or more times a month   1   4%
Once in a great while      1   4%
Once a month               0   0%
2 to 15 times a month      0   0%
Once a year                0   0%
Never                      2   8%


Quite a variety of answers. At least 92% of those voting do use QRP at some time. Nicer to know that 68% of voters use QRP every week. Of course I'm in the Every day group of responders.



#224 - Check all places you have operated HF CW QRP.
Date: 3/15/18-4/14/18 --- Voters: 35

Selection                   Nr    %
At a park                   28  80%
Outside on your property    21  60%
In a car or truck or van    19  54%
Other besides home          10  29%
On a summit                  5  14%
At a big contest station     5  14%
On a boat or ship            3   9%
From a foreign country       2   6%
As a pedestrian              1   3%
From an IOTA island          1   3%
In an aircraft               0   0%
On a bicycle                 0   0%
None of the above            4  11%


Nothing really to comment about except that I hope you find the results as interesting and informative as I have. I've operated from a park, on my property, at a church picnic, at a contest station (although not in a contest), on a ship (the Requin submarine), and I guess that covers it for me.



#223 - Are you participating in the 2018 ARRL Grid Square Event?
Date: 2/15/18-3/14/18 --- Voters: 27

Answer                                   Nr     %
No I have no interest in grid squares    19   70%
Yes it is a very interesting challenge    4   15%
I am not aware of the event               4   15%
What is a grid square anyway              0    0%


Shocking results. Or maybe my approach to ham radio doesn't jive with the majority of hams. I absolutely love challenges whether it be working for DXCC, WAS, counties, parks, and now grid squares. Besides the challenge, it appeals to my love of statistics and record keeping. I think it's great the ARRL is coming up with these year long activities to give us new things to work for, like W1AW/# WAS, NPOTA, POTA, and now Grid Squares. Maybe not so surprising on second thought. A lot of hams don't even bother keeping complete logs these days and don't bother with anything that might take even more effort. But to each his own, I guess.



#222 - How many DX QSOs (excluding your own country) did you make in 2017?
Date: 1/15/18-2/14/18 --- Voters: 26

How Many       Nr     %
more than 999   3   12%
800 to 999      0    0%
600 to 799      2    8%
400 to 599      0    0%
300 to 399      0    0%
200 to 299      1    4%
100 to 199      1    4%
50 to 99        1    4%
30 to 49        1    4%
10 to 29        2    8%
1 to 9         10   38%
none            5   19%


Surprising in many ways. First such a low number of votes after getting 68 votes for the last poll. Second how few DX QSOs folks made in 2017. Of course it was not a peak sunspot year, but still.... I slipped a bit myself last year, but still was in the 600-799 range. I could have had more but when I would get my one DX streak QSO, many times I would not chase any more DX that day. Congrats to the 3 folks at more than 999.



#221 - What make is your main xcvr or xmtr?
Date: 12/15/17-1/14/18 --- Voters: 68

Make            Nr    %
Elecraft        29  43%
ICOM            11  16%
Yaesu           10  15%
Kenwood          8  12%
HeathKit         2   3%
Ten Tec          2   3%
Small Wonder     1   1%
Drake            0   0%
Emtech           0   0%
Hallicrafters    0   0%
Hammarlund       0   0%
Hendricks        0   0%
MFJ              0   0%
Oak Hills        0   0%
QRPme            0   0%
Ramsey           0   0%
SGC              0   0%
Wilderness       0   0%
Homebrew         0   0%
Other            5   7%

The winner is (naturally) Elecraft. This company seems to have taken over the equipment market, and rightfully so with the excellence of its gear and being an American company. The next three choices are also no surprise. It is surprising that the boat anchor and dedicated QRP equipment companies got pretty much shut out. Nice to see so many votes for this poll, almost twice the average of the past several polls. I wonder what the 5 'Other' votes were for.