ready to give up on QRP

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

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  1. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have the internal version sold/installed by W4RT. I consider it essential as well. Between that, turning off IPO, using the Attenuator, and turning down the antenna gain, I can usually reduce noise to acceptable levels.

    FWIW, the W4RT internal DSP has been known to cause noise in the radio. Mine did and I had to get a 3rd party to fix it because W4RT would not support their product.

  2. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I too have turned off the IPO. And have come to really rely on turning down the gain to get folks so I can hear them.
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  3. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    So I sat down at 2100z today and called CQ with 5 watts, for an hour. I did have 4 QSOs during that time: NY, TN, NC, and OH (from my SW Ohio location). 30/40 bands. Nothing exotic, and far fewer QSOs than in normal conditions, but still a heckuva lot of fun! Don't give up. 73
    Brady kd8zm
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  4. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello Brady!
    I've been running antenna challenged from my YL's QTH in Canton, Ohio these past few weeks.
    I now have a 125' Zepp up around 25' and QRP is now possible from there...
    My 100w QRO sigs were so PW using an EFHW at 7' that it felt like I was indeed QRP..
    OH! Listen out at 3560 after 9pm EDT for Dale, Ko8L in Cleveland...
    His 2w HB rig gives me 599+ 10dB here in Columbus!
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  5. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well boo-fuggin-HOO!

    I sure hope that's not going to cripple your endeavors too much...;)
  6. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I own a few amps myself, Drake L7, L4B, Palstar HF2500 and a Collins 30L1.
    There's no shame in having the extra horsepower and using it.
    You paid for it so enjoy it.
    Sounds like some folks have a much different opinion of QRO.
    That's too bad.
    Thought we were more open minded and accepting on this mostly CW forum.
  7. G0NMY

    G0NMY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ive not read through all this thread but a 200ft run of Rg8 coax would be quite lossy, measure your power at the antenna end of the coax
    and then adjust your power to compensate for the losses.
    However, it would still be lossy on receive.
    If you really want to cut down on losses try using a balanced feeder style antenna.
    If none of this is possible then go for a higher power set up. but you will still have the rx losses.
    I think you could make great improvements by getting a lower loss antenna system.
    Just my opinion, QRP can work but antenna efficiency is a must at Solar minimum.
    Good luck 73 Mark
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  8. KI4QYI

    KI4QYI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hard to believe this thread I started so long ago is still going. I will bring you up to date on my activities. I took down all of my dipole antennas and put the K1 and KX2 in a desk drawer. I still look at my trees and think about shooting a line over some new limb and another way to mount an antenna. It is just a passing thought without action. Easy to quit, not so easy to quit thinking about it. Congrats to all who still participate, I still think it is a great hobby at any power level. Tom
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  9. KG7WGX

    KG7WGX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    As an alternative to selling your KX2 and getting a 100w transceiver, you might consider getting an amp. The Elecraft amp is so well integrated it can be run from the transceiver. Then you don't have to learn a new menu, panel layout, etc. and your transceiver remains something which can be disconnected and used "barefoot", if you feel like it.

    I usually run 25 watts and it does make a difference, compared to 5 watts. My antenna is just an OCF dipole hung from a tree with 75 ft of LMR400 coax.
  10. K1GC

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    I know this thread started in 2019, but I thought I would comment on how much fun I have been having with QRP this summer. I am brand new to it with the purchase of a used KX3 in June and I have had great luck with my homebrew linked dipoles. I have been making contacts as far aways as eastern Europe on 20M from my QTH in Maine all with 10W or less SSB nad 5W CW. Starting to gear up for some basic local SOTA attempts next.
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