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QRP from home - what are you running?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KC3RN, Jan 10, 2020.

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  1. KJ7KNR

    KJ7KNR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use a KX3 at home with a random wire running from my garage to my house, 15'-20' off the ground. The wire is a length of #16AWG TFFN left over from a spool at work. I installed a few pieces of ground rod spaced about 10' apart (the sphere of influence on a ground rod is about 4' so spacing them closer than 8' makes the second worthless) and a #6 solid copper conductor to a ground bar for my equipment/RF ground. With this setup I can reach PA and MA from Seattle.

    On the road I use either the KX3 and a Buddipole. I've been fiddling with the Buddipole and have a few different ideas that I'll try out when it's a bit warmer.
  2. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    What mode with that KX3?
  3. KE0EYJ

    KE0EYJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I dialed my FTDX3000 down to 5w for the YBDX Contest, this past Saturday. I only worked for an hour or two, casually, and got 4 SSB contacts in the 1,500 to 3,000 mile range, from HL1ZIX to YB and Phils.

    Tough condx...
  4. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Heathkit HW-8, homebrew L-network tuner, 60' wire radiator outdoors with indoor 30' counterpoise.

    Keying: Brown Brothers CTL-B or Vibroplex Original Standard.
  5. KA5NLY

    KA5NLY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, let's see: My high power transceivers are Argonauts 509 and 515, 3 HW8's, and a HW9. Then I have a few low power rigs (Pixie, Frog Sounds, etc). Began as a new ham in 1982 with a HW8 kit that I built while I was studying Morse code to get ready for my license exam. Did mostly CW during the early years 'till I got the Argo 509, then prob. about 75-80% SSB. Worked both McMurdo and Scott stations in Anarctica on 20M SSB within about 3 hours one afternoon, a rather lengthy hike from Arkansas. I really do enjoy QRP and have never felt any need to go QRO.

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  6. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ran my Johnny Viking II on 3560 last night. Ran it at 5 watts during our ongoing QSO since the other chap was same pwr.
  7. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    HW-9 with MFJ 971 tuner and 28' wire.
    Thinking of selling it and using the LNR MTR3b for everything. Dont operate near as much as I used to
  8. KC3RN

    KC3RN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Used my FT-450 for the NAQCC sprint last night. Did okay considering the awful conditions for the first hour. Between the filters and the contour control, I was really able to pull out some weak signals.
  9. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    K-1 and K-2. For those with FT450s, you can go lower than 5W by feeding it some alc voltage. I use a 9V batt and pot to generate mine. I guess the same scheme would work on other radios with alc jacks.
    Mike N3PM
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  10. K5VZD

    K5VZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    k1 and k2 like local park activations, wx permitting.
    also use my chameleon mag loop.

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