New to QRP - what fun!

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by VE3BXG, Jan 23, 2019.

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  1. KG5BJV

    KG5BJV Ham Member QRZ Page

    All of my qsos were qrp until I got my Yaesu ft450d around November last year. I don’t have the antenna height but my end fed 13oft made a big difference than a compromise antenna.
     
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  2. N2SUB

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    That's the key. When I operate QRP it's because I want to sit outside on the deck while operating. I use a Super Antenna clamped to a fence, a hamstick on a tripod or a mag loop on a tripod, depending on the band. My rig is either an Elecraft K2, an MFJ-4020, or an FT-818. With that setup, I rarely show up on the RBN. You can imagine how thrilled I am when I make a contact, but I do okay. I can smoke a cigar and drink cognac while tweaking my portable antenna systems and doing an emergency preparedness drill. What fun indeed!

    Welcome to the club. :)
     
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  3. N8AFT

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    My FT450 does 5 watts, why won't yours OM?
     
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  4. KG5BJV

    KG5BJV Ham Member QRZ Page

    You missed the point I used to operate qrp with a big antenna even at low height you can make good contacts that’s all I was trying to say
     
  5. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    CW on a hex at 45feet? With a setup like that no reason to ever go QRO... Even at a 70 sfi you will get great contacts. Stay at it, have a great time.
     
  6. KC3JIN

    KC3JIN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wanna go to your emergencies. My emergencies are never half so fun as that sounds.
     
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  7. N2SUB

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    There's always room for one more at a ham radio "emergency". Just call ahead and I'll have a cigar and snifter waiting for you. :) I see you are an SKCC member, so bring your CW chops. :)
     
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  8. MM3ENM

    MM3ENM Ham Member QRZ Page

    There's a unique satisfaction that comes with working QRP. It grabbed me when I very first heard about it. Have fun. 73.
     
  9. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sometimes I hear a strong siignal in a QSO , set my power to 5W and ask him to turn down the power. Sometimes they say "don't know how"
     

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