New to QRP, what else should I get?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by W1SRR, Dec 14, 2017.

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  1. M3ONL

    M3ONL Ham Member QRZ Page


    When i received mine there was a contest on the go and made 3 contacts within 30mins with 3 stateside stations on phone using my 5w
     
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  2. ZL1UZM

    ZL1UZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, I have. It beats the mag loop, but I prefer the portability and convenience of the loop. I can fold it and put it in my backpack when hiking through the wilderness. I try to keep things as light and minimal as possible. Don't want to hire porters for the gear, hihi.
     
  3. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you! Now it is clear. Perhaps, I will continue to use wires, fixed on the branches of trees. Thank God, in Ukraine you can always find a suitable tree.
     

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  4. W8NLZ

    W8NLZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Wow: Good replies. They all address the main issue: QRP presents a broad set of challenges. That's part of the fun!

    I will just address the Buddipole. (a) In Florida, salt water is your friend and may be your best bet. (b) Use a simple vertical - 4 x 22" solids + coil + 9' whip. Total length is ~ 13' which is a good limit for an unguyed vertical in the wind. Add two 1/4 wave radials at the Versatee stretched out to 3' poles. (c) Pretune the antenna (coil taps) in your yard so you can deploy in the field with no fuss.

    Find a spot to plant your antenna in or beside salt water. You will need a variety of masts depending on conditions (solid, bog, in water). The mast should be adjustable so you can set up from a standing position, then elevate the Versatee to 8" AGL. I use the Buddipole mast & tripod or a couple of military fiberglass tent poles slipped over a sharp-pointed wooden dowel driven in the ground.

    Then pray to the propagation gods, avoid contest hours, and be amazed at your success.
    Ed, W8NLZ
     

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