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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA2PV, Jan 13, 2021.

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  1. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tell you what, you take your QRO rig, power supply, and antenna on a hike up a mountain and I'll take my QRP rig, battery, radio, and lunch. We'll see who gets there and on the air and makes a contact first. :)

    The other day, I chased POTA activators while sitting next to a pond in the woods and watching ducks try to land on ice. :D Owls were hooting off in the distance. I got a little fresh air and some Vitamin D.

    Yup. Even better when it's a station you've set up at your campsite and you're operating next to the fire. :)

    That's all I do now, operate portable on battery power.

    Some hams just can't imagine there are people who don't want to be tethered to mains power and operate indoors. Some of us relish the challenge of setting up a station on a remote peak or while camping, overcoming the challenges of the site, and getting on the air. Every day is field day. The 705 looks like another rig worthy of that activity. It's amazing, when I got into ham radio, there were maybe two purpose built QRP radios and one of them wasn't a great choice for field work. Now we have easily half a dozen multi-mode radios and as many more CW-specific ones. Batteries have improved too. No longer are we limited to heavy SLA batteries, we have all manner of Lithium Ion, LiPo, and LifePo batteries weighing a fraction of their ancestors and putting out more power. It's a great time to be a portable operator.

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  2. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Any Computer can make an FT8 contact but making real QSO's with a microphone are far more difficult & I have heard DX Stations wasting long periods of time doing all they can do trying to work a QRP Station while hundreds & hundreds are waiting because the station has no regard for the other stations in a pileup.I don't find that very thoughtful to other operators & a bit selfish on the part of the QRP stations.I run QRO so I make the contact & I'm out of the way & I Rarely ever call more than twice unless the DX is working Split & then when I find them twice is about the maximum that it ever takes.I'd rather be working 8 or 10 QSO's & not clogging up a frequency than maybe one & holding everyone up.I also make ALL of the QSO's from my station & it's Never from a computer just Phone.I find it far more courteous working them & moving on so everyone gets a chance.That's my 2 cents & I spent it well. :);):p:cool:

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  3. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Merci Beaucou ! :cool:
    Nice description. Stay safe and warm up there.
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  4. KI5AAI

    KI5AAI Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    On what planet is that "rude". It is the DX station's CHOICE to make contact with whomever they want. If they want to work the QRP station, great for them.

    Is there a priority for working a station? I mean, is it the loudest and strongest signals that should be worked first? Then the DX station needs to work their way down to the weaker signals?

    I think many people forget this is a hobby. QRP is part of the hobby. Working any station is part of the hobby.
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  5. KU3X

    KU3X Ham Member QRZ Page

    90% ? I’d love to read where you got that figure from.

    I know a tremendous amount of hams that run QRP. Of them, one has an amp to go with his KX3. The amp’s only use is when he operates mobile. Since he purchased his new truck and did not install his KX3 in it, the amp now just collects dust. Other than when he operated mobile with the amp, his KX3 is used strictly as a stand alone QRP radio. As a matter of fact, he mostly uses it at the one half watt level.

    I’ve operated QRP for 44 years. Once I purchased my first dedicated QRP radio, I NEVER used an amp with it.

    Sure, there are hams that do in fact use an amp with their QRP radio, but 90%? No way.

    One mistake a lot of new hams make is to buy a radio, like the FT817 / 818 that covers some many bands, but don’t realize what QRP is. “Uh Oh ?...I need more power.” They may not have an Elmer or just don’t think it through? Or maybe they are on a shoe string budget and can't just buy and sell radios.

    Barry, KU3X/QRP
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  6. NO9E

    NO9E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many if not most contacts of QRP stations are with big guns because other stations don't hear them. .
    Big gun and QRP form symbiotic relationships.

    When I operate QRP portable, I am happy to make any contact. When I am working KW with 100ft tower, I am happy to give QRP contacts. Often they are well heard with 100ft high beam, marginal with 40ft high beam, and not heard on a dipole.

    KX2 is about an ideal QRP rig, aside from weak speech processor. 705 adds panadapter but no ATU. Having panadapter for QRP portable has limited utility.

    So 705 begs to be used with an amp. With Expert 1.3k-fa it can easily produce a KW and be a basis for an effective portable contesting station, where panadapter is a plus and ATU is not needed.

    Ignacy NO9E
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  7. G8LIY

    G8LIY Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Each to their own... That's part of the hobby.. Choice. I guess QRO gives that instant gratification, without the need for skill or patience... :D:p
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  8. KI5AAI

    KI5AAI Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great post! Love it.
    Yup, anyone can do great QSL's with a Yagi up at 50+feet and a solid-state 1000 Watt amp. That takes tremendous skill....not.

    I loved it when I got through pile-ups using 20 watts from my pool deck with my FT-891 and a wire dipole.

    I always wonder how many people who shame FT8 because it is so easy have never bothered learning Morse Code or use it for contact....hmmmm
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  9. VA3YG

    VA3YG Ham Member QRZ Page

    90%? I doubt that very much. I know a ton of other people who run QRP and few if any are searching for amps. Most of my operation is QRP CW and I have absolutely no problem filling my log most days. What is it with some people and QRP anyway? It's like they're threatened by it...... I build a pile of QRP rigs and accessories; I have fun operating them and I sure don't worry about operators who don't run QRP. Get over it!
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  10. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I HATE repeating myself.Life is to short for QRP.QRO all day every day or not at all. :p:p:p:):):):rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

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