Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by K4YND, Oct 10, 2016.
Nope. Decoding just one WSPR signal or hearing a new CW beacon on 10 is great fun to me.
i don't need no stinking sun spots
no static crashes
all you need is a good antenna
160 80 and 40 are great this time of year
still in the stacks
Seem,s like I am working MORE QRP CW on the lower bands lately. Just the last few evenings I have been catching a string of QRP on the QRP frequencies of 80 and 40M and even on 5332.0 ! !
Recently my 450D was in the shop for an alignment tweak. During the time it was with Yaesu I was limited to the 817ND. It did very well thank you. I do think propagation was a little better during Late October-early November. Now that the 450D is back prop seems to be continuing. I kind of suspect fall rekindles operating activity.
I had my 1Watter on the air this week and even when its power fell off to 500mw after a lengthy QSO, stations were still calling me. I was concerned about the drop in power after the final got hot, but I guess 500mw is plenty. I might have to improve the heat sink to keep the power at 1 watt if conditions continue to deteriorate
Good stuff. I have the W2 but am thinking about ordering the W1 today for Christmas present. What do you think of it and how is the display interface to the computer?
Just "discovered" QRP and am having much fun and good success. I'm using tube type xtal TX's, XCVR's and mini QRP rigs as well.
In the warm shack for winter. QRP need not be portable or outdoors to be fun.
The W1 computer interface isn't anything to write home about but the meter itself is an excellent kit for the price as far as accurate QRP meters go.
I'd like to have a W2 but finances prevent it
Nah, my QRP activity hasn't slowed down. I'm building an ELecraft K1, and still I do almost all of my contesting QRP. As a matter of fact, when it finally starts to get dark today, I will be on 160m QRP, for the Stew Perry Top Band Distance Challenge contest.
Ok I will skip it just because I have the W2.It is a very cool looking kit though. I'm going to build the QRP Guys DC receiver with a digital readout for my Christmas present.