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Re: QRP till death do you part?

wb9dlc <wb9dlc@...>
 

Hello Gust

Well, I enjoy QRP but I am not 100% QRPer. At this point I am vigorously chasing DX and when I hear a rare entity that may not be available again for 10 or more years I will not spend any time at QRP levels and typically don't hesitate running 500-600 watts to compete in the pile-up. I am too old to wait for the next time that Midway is activated ;-)

I do work DX at QRP levels for the fun of it - but usually after I already have them worked and confirmed.

There, I said it.

BTW - Ham radio after death? - depends on where you end up!

Mike - WB9DLC
http://wb9dlc.com

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, Gust Kegelaers <gkegelaers@...> wrote:

I notice that but few having so far replied have actually answered the question..


 
--
Gust Kegelaers
ON6KE
If there's life after death I hope there's amateur radio too!

http://www.qrz.com/db/ON6KE


Re: QRP till death do you part?

Robert 'RC' Conley <rc.kc5wa@...>
 

Every contest that I have entered was done as SO QRP SSB I used an Elecraft K3 locked down at 5 watts. Would you like to see my station and certificates? I even have a SS Plague skill and technique will always triumph over brute force. YES I am able to run at 600 watts but the joy is scoring higher the rest of the local club  (QRO ops) <www.kc5wa.net>

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM, lee <aa4ga@...> wrote:
 



--- In 4sqrp@..., "gkegelaers"
> a) you have a barefoot rig with or without a kW amplifier;
> b) Peter I, Tromelin, Kerguelen whatever go on air after many years of inactivity.
>
> Would you:
>
> 1) try working them QRP until the DXpedition packs their bags, OR;
> 2) give in after a few days, a week, a fortnight then to switch the barefoot rig and amplifier on?

I do have a 100 watt rig, yet in the past two years or so, I have only worked at 5 watts output or less by choice. That includes all my DXing and contesting. I worked a lot of DX before I became a QRPer, probably around 275 or 280 countries...I've actually lost count. But I have started over using QRP, and (at least at this point in my radio career) would not resort to 100 watts just to work a rare country. In fact, there have been several DXpeditions recently that I could not reach with 5 watts. I was not tempted to put the 100-watt rig on the air, but that extra 13 dB probably would have allowed me to complete a QSO.

Now, I could just as easily wake up one morning and decide that I'm tired of only using 5 watts or less....but I don't see that happening any time soon.

It is unfortunate that the ARRL doesn't endorse their QRP DXCC with additional countries worked. But since they don't, I've started maintaining a list of QRP country totals - an unofficial QRP DXCC standings page - at http://www.aa4ga.com/p/qrp-dxcc.html and would invite all QRPers to submit their QRP country totals.

Look for the a new domain for this list to come online soon (I hope)...in the meantime, the above link will work fine.

73 de Lee, AA4GA




--
"beware of gray fuzzies"


Re: QRP till death do you part?

lee <aa4ga@...>
 

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "gkegelaers" <gkegelaers@...> wrote:

a) you have a barefoot rig with or without a kW amplifier;
b) Peter I, Tromelin, Kerguelen whatever go on air after many years of inactivity.

Would you:

1) try working them QRP until the DXpedition packs their bags, OR;
2) give in after a few days, a week, a fortnight then to switch the barefoot rig and amplifier on?

I do have a 100 watt rig, yet in the past two years or so, I have only worked at 5 watts output or less by choice. That includes all my DXing and contesting. I worked a lot of DX before I became a QRPer, probably around 275 or 280 countries...I've actually lost count. But I have started over using QRP, and (at least at this point in my radio career) would not resort to 100 watts just to work a rare country. In fact, there have been several DXpeditions recently that I could not reach with 5 watts. I was not tempted to put the 100-watt rig on the air, but that extra 13 dB probably would have allowed me to complete a QSO.

Now, I could just as easily wake up one morning and decide that I'm tired of only using 5 watts or less....but I don't see that happening any time soon.

It is unfortunate that the ARRL doesn't endorse their QRP DXCC with additional countries worked. But since they don't, I've started maintaining a list of QRP country totals - an unofficial QRP DXCC standings page - at http://www.aa4ga.com/p/qrp-dxcc.html and would invite all QRPers to submit their QRP country totals.

Look for the a new domain for this list to come online soon (I hope)...in the meantime, the above link will work fine.

73 de Lee, AA4GA


Re: QRP till death do you part?

Robert 'RC' Conley <rc.kc5wa@...>
 

5watts get used to it all contesters use 5 watts


On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM, Gust Kegelaers <gkegelaers@...> wrote:
 

I notice that but few having so far replied have actually answered the question..

 
--
Gust Kegelaers
ON6KE

If there's life after death I hope there's amateur radio too!

http://www.qrz.com/db/ON6KE


From: Barney <barneyro@...>
To: 4sqrp@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: QRP till death do you part?

 



     That's absolutely correct.  If, and that's a big if, you can find the station that is calling the DX, and get real close to his freq then it's very probable that the DX will pick you up.

     Sometimes the distance to one of these DXpeditions is less than the path to Europe, but it's just another country for some folks.  I'm way past that.

73

Barney/NO0N


On 3/19/2013 9:01 AM, Wayne Dillon wrote:
 
Many years ago, I was almost rabid about working any DXPedition/special call I could on HF. I got almost nowhere, even running an amp. Then a kindly mentor gave me the book by Bob Locher "The Complete DXer". I learned (it sounds obvious now) to transmit where he/she is listening. My success rate grew but it became more about what I could do with the minimum of power. fast forward to a couple of Saturdays ago when TX5K was on. I thought I'd give it a try but 20 was a howling zoo so I went up to 15m, and employed the techniques I'd learned. Sure enough I found the station that was working the TX5K op, nudged the TX vfo a hair higher and dropped in my call at his speed. What do you know, back comes my callsign with the "standard" 599. Well I'm in the log and it's confirmed on the website, all this with 5 watts and a wire antenna. Technique trumps muscle every time, and I am by no means an "expert" DXer.
I don't avidly chase DX any more but if the opportunity presents itself, well yeah, I'm up for it, and I know with the correct technique I'll likely work 'em. Whatever aspect of Ham  Radio you do, enjoy it. If it becomes a chore then it isn't a hobby any more.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - KC0PMH

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM, David Martin <davemrtn@...> wrote:
I guess it comes down to what you are trying to accomplish, or maybe what you call fun ?




--
http://www.qsl.net/kc0pmh/   Under construction but please visit anyway.
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 

4 State QRP Group NCS - 40m & 160m
4SQRP #95
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
G-QRP-C #11504
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192






--
"beware of gray fuzzies"


Re: QRP till death do you part?

Gust Kegelaers
 

I notice that but few having so far replied have actually answered the question..

 
--
Gust Kegelaers
ON6KE

If there's life after death I hope there's amateur radio too!

http://www.qrz.com/db/ON6KE


From: Barney
To: 4sqrp@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Re: QRP till death do you part?

 



     That's absolutely correct.  If, and that's a big if, you can find the station that is calling the DX, and get real close to his freq then it's very probable that the DX will pick you up.

     Sometimes the distance to one of these DXpeditions is less than the path to Europe, but it's just another country for some folks.  I'm way past that.

73

Barney/NO0N


On 3/19/2013 9:01 AM, Wayne Dillon wrote:
 
Many years ago, I was almost rabid about working any DXPedition/special call I could on HF. I got almost nowhere, even running an amp. Then a kindly mentor gave me the book by Bob Locher "The Complete DXer". I learned (it sounds obvious now) to transmit where he/she is listening. My success rate grew but it became more about what I could do with the minimum of power. fast forward to a couple of Saturdays ago when TX5K was on. I thought I'd give it a try but 20 was a howling zoo so I went up to 15m, and employed the techniques I'd learned. Sure enough I found the station that was working the TX5K op, nudged the TX vfo a hair higher and dropped in my call at his speed. What do you know, back comes my callsign with the "standard" 599. Well I'm in the log and it's confirmed on the website, all this with 5 watts and a wire antenna. Technique trumps muscle every time, and I am by no means an "expert" DXer.
I don't avidly chase DX any more but if the opportunity presents itself, well yeah, I'm up for it, and I know with the correct technique I'll likely work 'em. Whatever aspect of Ham  Radio you do, enjoy it. If it becomes a chore then it isn't a hobby any more.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - KC0PMH

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM, David Martin <davemrtn@...> wrote:
I guess it comes down to what you are trying to accomplish, or maybe what you call fun ?




--
http://www.qsl.net/kc0pmh/   Under construction but please visit anyway.
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 

4 State QRP Group NCS - 40m & 160m
4SQRP #95
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
G-QRP-C #11504
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192




Re: Members

wb9dlc <wb9dlc@...>
 

OOPS! Didn't see the previous 2 posts -- #redundant

Mike - WB9DLC
http://wb9dlc.com

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:

I use Firefox's Find feature (often) to search for text on a web page. It is easy to use, Edit-Find, type the text to find, and the cursor goes to it. Very fast...

----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72 WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com



----- Original Message -----
From: David Martin
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com ; WA0ITP ; 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com ; Lee Mairs (SAG)
Cc: 'Bill VanKirk'
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members


Lee,

The purpose of the search box is to enter an ID NUMBER, for example 21, and it will give you the callsign of the person which is referenced by that ID NUMBER. That is why the search box is preceded by the words "Find Callsign for 4SQRP ID #".

If you already know the callsign, then scroll down the list to find that persons callsign. When you find their callsign a box will pop up an display their "4SQRP ID #".

I hope that helps explain the use of that page.


--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home Ar.



Quoting "Lee Mairs (SAG)" :


Hi Terry -
I just tried to look up my 4SQRP number (it is #21). The search command didn't find it, but by scrolling though the member list I did find KM4YY. I believe the Search Command is case sensitive in case others have problems with it also.
73 de Lee

PS: Hear that oinking in the background? Number 157 has begun the birthing process...



On 3/18/2013 9:03 PM, WA0ITP wrote:



GE Bill,

Nobody gets the boot. We QRPers are waay too valuable :o) You're #201 on the list http://www.4sqrp.com/w25.php and we're glad you are still with us.

----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72 WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com



----- Original Message -----
From: Bill VanKirk
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com ; Johnny Matlock
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members


I must have got the boot at some point. I used to be a member (or I thought so) I joined about 2 years ago.

73
Bill
W0PT




On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Looks like 596 and counting!!!

Johnny AC0BQ


Re: Members

wb9dlc <wb9dlc@...>
 

On most web browsers (I don't know about Firefox) <CTRL-F> starts the FIND even faster....

Mike - WB9DLC
http://wb9dlc.com

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:

I use Firefox's Find feature (often) to search for text on a web page. It is easy to use, Edit-Find, type the text to find, and the cursor goes to it. Very fast...

----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72 WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com



----- Original Message -----
From: David Martin
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com ; WA0ITP ; 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com ; Lee Mairs (SAG)
Cc: 'Bill VanKirk'
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members


Lee,

The purpose of the search box is to enter an ID NUMBER, for example 21, and it will give you the callsign of the person which is referenced by that ID NUMBER. That is why the search box is preceded by the words "Find Callsign for 4SQRP ID #".

If you already know the callsign, then scroll down the list to find that persons callsign. When you find their callsign a box will pop up an display their "4SQRP ID #".

I hope that helps explain the use of that page.


--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home Ar.



Quoting "Lee Mairs (SAG)" :


Hi Terry -
I just tried to look up my 4SQRP number (it is #21). The search command didn't find it, but by scrolling though the member list I did find KM4YY. I believe the Search Command is case sensitive in case others have problems with it also.
73 de Lee

PS: Hear that oinking in the background? Number 157 has begun the birthing process...



On 3/18/2013 9:03 PM, WA0ITP wrote:



GE Bill,

Nobody gets the boot. We QRPers are waay too valuable :o) You're #201 on the list http://www.4sqrp.com/w25.php and we're glad you are still with us.

----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72 WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com



----- Original Message -----
From: Bill VanKirk
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com ; Johnny Matlock
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members


I must have got the boot at some point. I used to be a member (or I thought so) I joined about 2 years ago.

73
Bill
W0PT




On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Looks like 596 and counting!!!

Johnny AC0BQ


Re: Members IE search

Chuck Carpenter
 

With IE, a ctrl+f will open a search window at the top of the page

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX


Re: Members

Jeremy Utley
 

Even quicker - Hit CTRL-F, and start typing :)

Works in both Firefox and Chrome browsers!

Use it all the time for work.

Jeremy, N9PH

On 3/19/2013 11:13 AM, WA0ITP wrote:
 



I use Firefox's Find feature (often) to search for text on a web page.  It is easy to use,  Edit-Find, type the text to find, and the cursor goes to it.  Very fast...
 
----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com


Re: Members

WA0ITP
 


I use Firefox's Find feature (often) to search for text on a web page.  It is easy to use,  Edit-Find, type the text to find, and the cursor goes to it.  Very fast...
 
----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members

Lee,

The purpose of the search box is to enter an ID NUMBER, for example 21, and it will give you the callsign of the person which is referenced by that ID NUMBER.  That is why the search box is preceded by the words "Find Callsign for 4SQRP ID #".

If you already know the callsign, then scroll down the list to find that persons callsign. When you find their callsign a box will pop up an display their "4SQRP ID #".

I hope that helps explain the use of that page.


--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home Ar.



Quoting "Lee Mairs (SAG)" :
 

Hi Terry -
I just tried to look up my 4SQRP number (it is #21).  The search command didn't find it, but by scrolling though the member list I did find KM4YY.  I believe the Search Command is case sensitive in case others have problems with it also.
73 de Lee

PS:  Hear that oinking in the background?  Number 157 has begun the birthing process...

On 3/18/2013 9:03 PM, WA0ITP wrote:
 

GE Bill,
 
Nobody gets the boot.  We QRPers are waay too valuable :o)  You're #201 on the list  http://www.4sqrp.com/w25.php  and we're glad you are still with us.

----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members

I must have got the boot at some point. I used to be a member (or I thought so)  I joined about 2 years ago.

73
Bill
W0PT



On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
 

Looks like 596 and counting!!!

Johnny AC0BQ



Re: Members

Lee Mairs (SAG) <lmairs@...>
 

Duhhhh...
73 de Lee
KM4YY

On 3/19/2013 11:42 AM, David Martin wrote:

Lee,

The purpose of the search box is to enter an ID NUMBER, for example 21, and it will give you the callsign of the person which is referenced by that ID NUMBER.  That is why the search box is preceded by the words "Find Callsign for 4SQRP ID #".

If you already know the callsign, then scroll down the list to find that persons callsign. When you find their callsign a box will pop up an display their "4SQRP ID #".

I hope that helps explain the use of that page.


--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home Ar.



Quoting "Lee Mairs (SAG)" :
 

Hi Terry -
I just tried to look up my 4SQRP number (it is #21).  The search command didn't find it, but by scrolling though the member list I did find KM4YY.  I believe the Search Command is case sensitive in case others have problems with it also.
73 de Lee

PS:  Hear that oinking in the background?  Number 157 has begun the birthing process...

On 3/18/2013 9:03 PM, WA0ITP wrote:
 

GE Bill,
 
Nobody gets the boot.  We QRPers are waay too valuable :o)  You're #201 on the list  http://www.4sqrp.com/w25.php  and we're glad you are still with us.
 
----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members

I must have got the boot at some point. I used to be a member (or I thought so)  I joined about 2 years ago.

73
Bill
W0PT



On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
 

Looks like 596 and counting!!!

Johnny AC0BQ




Re: Members

davemrtn
 


Re: Members

Lee Mairs (SAG) <lmairs@...>
 

Hi Terry -
I just tried to look up my 4SQRP number (it is #21).� The search command didn't find it, but by scrolling though the member list I did find KM4YY.� I believe the Search Command is case sensitive in case others have problems with it also.
73 de Lee

PS:� Hear that oinking in the background?� Number 157 has begun the birthing process...

On 3/18/2013 9:03 PM, WA0ITP wrote:
�

GE Bill,
�
Nobody gets the boot.� We QRPers are waay too valuable :o)� You're #201 on the list� http://www.4sqrp.com/w25.php� and we're glad you are still with us.
�
----------------------------------
I love this radio stuff !
72�� WA�ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com
�
�
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Members

I must have got the boot at some point. I used to be a member (or I thought so)� I joined about 2 years ago.

73
Bill
W0PT



On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
�

Looks like 596 and counting!!!

Johnny AC0BQ



RMR net 2100z - 14.0625

Dale Putnam
 

Your speed cw net. Informal, and fun.
Y'all come by, Ya'ear?
 
May the Props be ever in OUR Favor!!

Have a great day,
 
 
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy
 
 


Re: QRP till death do you part?

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi,

In the spirit of the FCC rules we should use the minimum power output
required for good communication. "Good" is somewhat subjective but the
concept is not. It suggests that more power may be needed sometimes. I
do operate at power levels down to about a quarter watt. My biggest,
fattest radios run approximately 100 watts output. One of my favorites
is a Johnson Ranger (down for repairs - again) with real world output of
about 35 watts (dials way down under 1 watt).

Having what many here think of as a "QRP rig" allows me to be on the air
longer when the electric utilities are down and batteries are all that's
available. So I'm doing some of those too.

But if more power is needed you'll see me reaching for the drive control
(grin). I'll also reach for that control if you tell me I'm 90 dB over
S9 to dial it down. And..if I am working in a contest, sprint, etc in
the QRP class I will make sure I'm at the appropriate power levels (4
watts max by my meter) whether or not I can work a particular
station..until end of contest do us part (evil grin).

73,

Bill KU8H


Re: QRP till death do you part?

Barney <barneyro@...>
 




     That's absolutely correct.  If, and that's a big if, you can find the station that is calling the DX, and get real close to his freq then it's very probable that the DX will pick you up.

     Sometimes the distance to one of these DXpeditions is less than the path to Europe, but it's just another country for some folks.  I'm way past that.

73

Barney/NO0N


On 3/19/2013 9:01 AM, Wayne Dillon wrote:
 

Many years ago, I was almost rabid about working any DXPedition/special call I could on HF. I got almost nowhere, even running an amp. Then a kindly mentor gave me the book by Bob Locher "The Complete DXer". I learned (it sounds obvious now) to transmit where he/she is listening. My success rate grew but it became more about what I could do with the minimum of power. fast forward to a couple of Saturdays ago when TX5K was on. I thought I'd give it a try but 20 was a howling zoo so I went up to 15m, and employed the techniques I'd learned. Sure enough I found the station that was working the TX5K op, nudged the TX vfo a hair higher and dropped in my call at his speed. What do you know, back comes my callsign with the "standard" 599. Well I'm in the log and it's confirmed on the website, all this with 5 watts and a wire antenna. Technique trumps muscle every time, and I am by no means an "expert" DXer.

I don't avidly chase DX any more but if the opportunity presents itself, well yeah, I'm up for it, and I know with the correct technique I'll likely work 'em. Whatever aspect of Ham  Radio you do, enjoy it. If it becomes a chore then it isn't a hobby any more.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - KC0PMH

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM, David Martin <davemrtn@...> wrote:

I guess it comes down to what you are trying to accomplish, or maybe what you call fun ?





--
http://www.qsl.net/kc0pmh/   Under construction but please visit anyway.
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 

4 State QRP Group NCS - 40m & 160m
4SQRP #95
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
G-QRP-C #11504
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192


Re: QRP till death do you part?

Wayne Dillon
 

Many years ago, I was almost rabid about working any DXPedition/special call I could on HF. I got almost nowhere, even running an amp. Then a kindly mentor gave me the book by Bob Locher "The Complete DXer". I learned (it sounds obvious now) to transmit where he/she is listening. My success rate grew but it became more about what I could do with the minimum of power. fast forward to a couple of Saturdays ago when TX5K was on. I thought I'd give it a try but 20 was a howling zoo so I went up to 15m, and employed the techniques I'd learned. Sure enough I found the station that was working the TX5K op, nudged the TX vfo a hair higher and dropped in my call at his speed. What do you know, back comes my callsign with the "standard" 599. Well I'm in the log and it's confirmed on the website, all this with 5 watts and a wire antenna. Technique trumps muscle every time, and I am by no means an "expert" DXer.
I don't avidly chase DX any more but if the opportunity presents itself, well yeah, I'm up for it, and I know with the correct technique I'll likely work 'em. Whatever aspect of Ham  Radio you do, enjoy it. If it becomes a chore then it isn't a hobby any more.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - KC0PMH


On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM, David Martin <davemrtn@...> wrote:

I guess it comes down to what you are trying to accomplish, or maybe what you call fun ?





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Re: QRP till death do you part?

Walter - K5EST
 

Interesting thinking!

Currently I am working on a monthly Sunday evening Sprint......but as soon as there is time, after Ozarkcon, then I shall investigate 4SQRP being able to have an offering equal to a prime DXCC award. It will take volunteers and a computer interface, award worthy certificate, and the blessing of our 4SQRP members. A new similar award name to DXCC is a 1st step!

So if you members have thoughts on an appropriate name, I am all ears!

More to follow.....

72/73....Walter . K5EST
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On Mar 19, 2013 5:38 AM, "gkegelaers" <gkegelaers@...> wrote:
 

Hej guys,

here's one I've frequently been thinking of since I joined 4SQRP and the QRP fraternity altogether.

Assuming that:

a) you have a barefoot rig with or without a kW amplifier;
b) Peter I, Tromelin, Kerguelen whatever go on air after many years of inactivity.

Would you:

1) try working them QRP until the DXpedition packs their bags, OR;
2) give in after a few days, a week, a fortnight then to switch the barefoot rig and amplifier on?

I guess this question is about how 'fanatic' one is about QRP.

Stay on topic please.
Gust ON6KE




Re: QRP till death do you part?

davemrtn
 


Re: QRP till death do you part?

James Rodenkirch
 

A DXCC certificate doesn't allow for a QRP sticker, like a WAS and WAZ award does and, as I get older, I realize my chances of upping my QRP DXCC list of worked/confirmed are diminishing. Thus, other than the personal satisfaction of workin' 'em with QRP power, there is little incentive to do that!!!

I find myself working DX on the low bands (160 and 80) at QRP power and up to all of 30 watts, and claiming some sort of personal satisfaction - Hi Hi.

There is another incentive, if having a certificate with the QRP sticker is important, and that is QRP WAS on 160 and 80.  That takes a little "work" and can be accurately portrayed as a challenge!

72, Jim Rodenkirch K9JWV




To: gkegelaers@...; 4sqrp@...
From: groups@...
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:58:24 +0000
Subject: [4sqrp] Re: QRP till death do you part?

 
I have a hard time getting excited about working DXpeditions because of the feeling that I'm probably sending to and receiving from computer on the other end. I'm sure that is often a wrong assumption, but it still colors my perception. I might give them a half-hearted try once or twice, but that is about it.

Chip
AE5KA

--- In 4sqrp@..., "gkegelaers" wrote:
>
> Hej guys,
>
> here's one I've frequently been thinking of since I joined 4SQRP and the QRP fraternity altogether.
>
> Assuming that:
>
> a) you have a barefoot rig with or without a kW amplifier;
> b) Peter I, Tromelin, Kerguelen whatever go on air after many years of inactivity.
>
> Would you:
>
> 1) try working them QRP until the DXpedition packs their bags, OR;
> 2) give in after a few days, a week, a fortnight then to switch the barefoot rig and amplifier on?
>
> I guess this question is about how 'fanatic' one is about QRP.
>
> Stay on topic please.
> Gust ON6KE
>