So I've returned to the world of QRP

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KC3RN, Jan 12, 2018.

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  1. KC3RN

    KC3RN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was a really active QRPer from about 2014 until May of 2017, when I got bitten by the digital bug. I started on JT-65, and moved to FT-8 in July when the software was released. It was/is fun, but recently I was starting to get that "been there, done that" feeling. So I dug out my MFJ-9200 last week, and put it on the air.

    I had forgotten how much fun QRP/CW is, even with my somewhat compromised antenna system. I even decided to get out another old radio - my Kenwood TS-130, and dedicate it to QRP ops. Yes, the bands have been less than optimal, and my time has been somewhat limited, but I'm having a ball. And the 130 is fun to operate. Not a lot of bells or whistles, but it works. Between the narrow filter and the IF Shift I'm not having any trouble picking out the signals I want. Yes, it doesn't have the fancy DSP processing like my FT-450, but I don't miss it at all.

    It took a few QSOs to get my CW "chops" back, but I'm doing okay. I'm comfortable at about 17 wpm. I can go up to 20 wpm, as long as you don't ask me too many questions...;)

    Anyway, I just wanted to share. Glad to be back.
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  2. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Welcome back! I'll be looking for you on 40. I'll put your copying skills to a real stress test, I'm sure. I did the digital thing, too. Done with it. Ain't going back.

  3. AA4OO

    AA4OO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Welcome backĀ”

    I think about trying digital modes... but then the simplicity of my 1977 TenTec-C21 and a mechanical key calls me back from the brink.

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  4. KC3RN

    KC3RN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The digital modes have their own appeal, but I agree. I think it's the simplicity of CW with a low power rig is actually more interesting. I ran QRP on FT-8 for a while, very recently. In reality, my results were just slightly worse than when I would run 50-75 watts.... It's a great way in chalk up a large number of QSOs in a short period of time, but it's kind of impersonal.

    I learned a LOT from running digital. Mostly about the effectiveness of my station, and my antennas in particular. Now I need to apply that knowledge to real QRP work.
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  5. KC3RN

    KC3RN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Al, give me a call on 40 if you hear me! I also like to hang out on 3560 in the evening.
  6. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    3560 is Very Popular recently.. Band has been pretty good !

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