ready to give up on QRP

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KI4QYI, Jul 24, 2019.

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  1. KC3MIO

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    I am new at this, so forgive my naïveté. I volunteered to put out the N3A call for the 15 th Anniversary of the NAQCC and I can call and call, and get nothing, even though there are signals all around on the band. But then, a response comes. As one ham opined, QRP is the fly fishing of ham radio. Sometimes, you just can’t land one, but when you do, it’s a rush.

    it’s almost a point of pride not to run 100 watts.
  2. WD0BCT

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    You left out a big one...and is the reason some say ham radio is dying..NOBODY IS LISTENING!
  3. KD8ZM

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    Yes for sure, no one is listening- but why? I seldom have a problem during the daytime. And I would think more people would be available in the evening than during the workday. It's a bit puzzling!
  4. WN1MB

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    Giants versus Patriots. Astros versus Tampa Bay. Both games tonight.

    You're welcome.
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  5. WW2PT

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    That would be my reason. ;) #goyankees
  6. N1OOQ

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    Big football game for NY/New England last night... ?
  7. KD8ZM

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    Interesting theory! Surely a contributing factor, at least.
  8. KC7JNJ

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    It is always doom and gloom at the bottom of the cycle. One day the surf will be up and everyone will be making new tales to tell the greenhorns at the bottom of the next cycle.
  9. WN1MB

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    True enough.

    What I'm impressed with are the 6 and 2 meter weak signal guys. Never hear them bitch about poor propagation or scant band openings. They patiently wait and strike when the iron's hot. They revel in the moment.

    Many HF ops aren't quite as, uh ... accepting of reality.
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  10. G6URM

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    also disabled - but don't give up on QRP - IF you can find a friend who can take you out -( as I have to ) - or load up the mobility scooter - then you can work some great DX - last weekend we trotted off to some high ground - weather was foggy and drizzle - but worth the effort - worked into cape town on 6 w ( ft818 ) from sw England ( 18 MHz ssb ) - about 6000 miles - mind you we where using a log wire attached to a KITE ! - hence the need for a second person - but also have a couple of push up verticals - one mfj telescopic - one fishing pole for when I venture out on my own with my trailer to the sea front - ( also have a few 3 foot ballons to do the hoisting but not used them as yet ) - part of the fun is finding solutions to problems - and even getting about a mile away to the coast or some local park is at times a major dxpedition to me ( chronic arthritis - sight problems etc and 63 years of age to cope with ) - like yourself I may or may not see the next solar max - that's in the lap of the gods - but I hope to at least - all the best to you IMG_2429.JPG g6urm - below dave 2E0DTC driver and kite wrangler and as you can see we could just about see the kite at 150 foot the little trolley is what I tow my kit around in - but it goes nice in the back of daves car IMG0419A.jpg IMG0415A.jpg
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