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What QRP Operating Today?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KM4DYX, Aug 15, 2017.

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  1. W4POT

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    IC-7300 at home, IC-7100 mobile (although the 7100 is often setup next to the 7300 when I'm using it for VHF/UHF at home).
  2. US7IGN

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    Another good day. I made a few QRP QSO from East with R0XA to West with N2GM.
    After I was kill my mcHF (yep, I burned second MCU), I reached out my very old ICOM 706mk2g. It needed some repair what I successfully done and I'm againe on air!
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  3. N8AFT

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    Well Done!
  4. N8AFT

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    Days getting longer but still good regional QRP on 3560 before sunset.
    Lightning crashes add much more to the operating challenge of low band HF.
    Come on summer, bring the QRN with ye....!
    I don't quit QRP during summer and wait for fall... hope you don't either.

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  5. KJ5T

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    Running 5 watts FT-8 with my KX2 and and end-fed on the balcony, worked about 20 stations this evening, a few on 20 earlier but mostly 40 meters. My 2018 goal has been to try to average 10 Q's a day and work as many grids as I can for the ARRL Grid Chase.
  6. K5VZD

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    absolutely not here either
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  7. N0MAP

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    I'm still enough of a newb not to have operated during the summer, so this is all new to me. That said, I got a healthy taste of the problem the other day. I was doing a SOTA activation and there was a tstorm maybe 50mi away or so. For some reason I thought lightning QRN was limited to 80m, but 40m was NOISY. I'm glad for code as I don't think I could have done much with ssb at QRP power.
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  8. US7IGN

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    In the evening after work there are no chance on 20 to make DX QSO. No propagation and many noise from street lights and neighboards. So I have half hour in the morning when I drink my tea to listen the radio. Today I made two half-DX QSO with UA0UAN and UA9BU. ~3400 miles not bad.
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  9. N8AFT

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    Hi Joe; Great to know you know code and are enjoying CW.
    I've found that turning the AGC off makes a big diff in QRN since the AGC won't rapid pump the audio with the crashes when it's turned off.
    I adjust the RF Gain to make the signal just be at copy level es no more. Give that a try.
    I found the KC9ON CALF audio limiter to be indispensible icing on the cake for QRN.
    The crashes are limited mostly to a Puff-Puff sound when it's adjusted properly, again AGC is turned off and RF Gain is set low.
    Best investment I've made in an audio filter just for the limiter feature becuase it works so very well.

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  10. N0MAP

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    You know, I think this is exactly what was happening. I am going to give it a shot operating with AGC off and controlling RF manually. Tks!

    73 de N0MAP
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