QRP operating approaches

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by WD4ELG, Mar 22, 2021.

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  1. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page


    I apologize if my tone came across as snarky.

    I was asking you to give me your perspective...which you did, and I am grateful for (including the safety precautions you use, that's very helpful to me).

    Thanks and safe hiking, OM. Hope to work you on the air.
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  2. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    QRP operating does not imply portable operations under austere conditions.

    Now, let's re-start the discussion. ;)
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  3. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's a good point, Bill. Check out Dan, WG5G, who has achieved DXCC Honor Roll with QRP. His antenna setup is certainly not austere by any means.

  4. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't know why anyone would operate QRP from home with non-portable equipment when QRP portable lets you have "shack" views like this (from W4V/RA-016, aka Cove Mtn, aka Dragon's Tooth):

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  5. K1CWB

    K1CWB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree with this. I operate QRP at home most days from my kitchen table more than anything else. I do plan to operate portable more often this year (trying my hand at POTA activating) and It'll be the same rig I use at home. I occasionally get asked where I'm operating from when the QRP subject comes up and most expect that I'm out portable somewhere. Many are often surprised when I tell them I'm in my kitchen. That usually leads to an enthusiastic conversation which I'm more than happy to engage in.

    I want to add that this exercise in reviewing my gear and taking inventory has been helpful in planning for portable operations. I'm finding I have what's needed but there's some weak spots that I can address now rather than when I'm in the field. If nothing else it gives me an excuse to buy more gear and most of us can get on board with that!
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  6. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

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  7. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is my favorite summit. Not only for the views, but for the hike up. You earn it. The last third or so is treacherous, with ladder rungs embedded into near vertical rock faces and a trail that sometimes follows along a ledge about a foot in width (with a vertical rock face on one side and a 10' drop on the other). It's only been activated twice, once by me (unsuccessfully). The first time honor goes to a local ham who successfully activated it in 2019. I hope to make another attempt this year. With what I've learned about portable operating in the past year, I should be successful this time around. :)

  8. KF9VV

    KF9VV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Neat approach!

    Going to load up for a short RV run. Taking your approach,
    Objectives: Small pack space, multi band, contest grade CW
    Probability of Contact: Very high
    Use Cases: RV trips, POTA activations
    Equipment: KX3, laptop, N1MM, MORTTY keyer, N0SA paddles, 40M end fed, crappie pole. Use RV battery.
    Set up time: 5 minutes
    Modes: CW
    Operating time at 25% duty cycle: Unlimited
    Category Usage: RV, QRP, POTA, Contest CW

    The thing I really like about this is how it focuses on objective and how to get there.

    Jim KF9VV
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  9. CA3FJK

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    naked and afraid with only one weapon to choose, the swiss army knife 817ND/TXDiscovery will survive, the 705 will not.
  10. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Don't overthink i, just go out and have some fun.

    At least you have several approaches you can try.
    I hope the work you

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