Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by N5HXR, Oct 23, 2019.
I just may take you up on that! Thanks for the help.
I have visited one club meeting so far (when my son and I took our tests). Unfortunately, every club in my area that I've found meets on Thursdays, and I have a pretty hard commitment on Thursday nights, so I don't know if I can really get that involved in clubs. I mean seriously. I can't be the only person in the world who would prefer at least one other night every now and then!
An old SWL does have to cost a bunch. I have an old Sagean ATS 818. Even an old Sagean ATS 803a are cheap but handy. Good luck with your new kit. Enjoy it!
20 M has been running hot one day and cold the next. This morning I tuned in WWV on 15 MHz and it was not heard at all, on 10 MHz it was S9+
Also do not expect much on 20 M after dark unless your dipole is on a 70 Ft tower/
I notice that some attic antennas seem to work a LOT BETTER than others. I am sure it has something to do with other metal items in the roof or near the antenna elements.
Answer a few CQs around 14.060, early afternoon, your time. Try every day for about 15-30 minutes.
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HANG IN THERE AND DON'T GET DISCOURAGED.
I DID A SEARCH ON YOUR ZIP CODE AND FOUND THE FOLLOWING:
THERE ARE A LOT OF HAMS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN FIND
ONE WHO LIVES CLOSE TO YOUR QTH AND CAN LISTEN FOR YOUR QRP SIGNAL.
HAVE FUN WITH QRP.
73 - K1LKP
Congrats on completing the kit and getting on the air! Keep trying! Bands are fickle right now.
Fickle is OK -- I know I'm jumping into the deep end with a QRP rig. I'm having tons of fun as it is, though. Thanks for the suggestions, all of you! I will definitely look someone up in my area, or finagle some way to get to a club meeting one of these months.
Good advice- at that time of day, if the band is decent you should get a QSO when you answer a caller. When I get tired of unanswered calls to my CQ while working QRP, I will often go on "the hunt" for a station calling CQ- truly, the theory of "if you can hear them you can work them" very often works.
Not every station you hear calling CQ is going to create a pileup and may have to call repeatedly. They will be LISTENING harder for a reply than they would if they were just dialing around looking for a contact.
You might be "jumping into the deep end" a little as 20 has been a bit touch and go, but should be getting better from here- I've had several contacts to TX (from VT) the last few days.
Antennas the biggest topic for all hams- we'll leave that for another time. My humble advice... listen more than speak and answer a strong stations call- bet you will get a nice report.
I’d forgotten how this thread started, so I refreshed my memory. I worked WG0AT from NE PA on 14.060 in the afternoon and he was using a Mountaintopper from CO running 3 W. KI5FXG certainly has. enough juice to a make a QSO. Maybe he should post a schedule and get some of us to listen.