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What QRP Operating Today?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KM4DYX, Aug 15, 2017.

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  1. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Spent 45 minutes today calling CQ with 5 watts on 30 meters. Had nice QSOs with stations in Thunder Bay (he was running 4 watts), New Jersey, and Tennessee from my Dayton, Ohio area QTH. Fun. It's nice to see a sunspot. - Brady
     
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  2. AJ6KZ

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    Nice! You have inspired me to head out for a backyard expedition. :)
     
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  3. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do it! The worst that can happen is you have fun. I worked Australia on 1 watt CW a couple weeks ago unexpectedly, so sometimes cool things happen! GL OM 73
     
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  4. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Today I decided to have some fun with QRP. I picked my homemade radio PFR-5 with dipole on 10MHz and drove out of town.
    The forest was quiet, calm and beautiful. I made some QSO and photos.
    It was very faintly audible G4HSO/M, but we made contact anyway.
    I also took my old receiver to listen AM broadcast stations while I was packing. IMG_3852.jpg
     

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  5. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm trying out a new MFJ-1820T antenna with my Yaesu FT-817nd. I bought the antenna for travel and quick SOTA deployments. I need more testing I suppose. I'm at my parents' house in eastern NC and have been picking up strong signals out of the UK, Europe, Panama, and Puerto Rico, but nobody seems to hear me. :(

    I can tune the antenna to a good SWR level and am using a 13' counterpoise attached to the radio's ground lug.

    Chris
     
  6. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've found counterpoise to be the most influential part of my portable installation.
    More is better and having them fanned out like spokes.
    I took my MFJ antenna analyst with me last trip out. Very informative...
     
  7. AJ6KZ

    AJ6KZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Are you sure that is due to the antenna? I experience the same thing on any antenna with my KX1, which seems to have an insanely good receiver. I'm guessing that the receiver picks up signals that are too far away to ever reach with the transmitter. At least not with the current state of the sun.
     
  8. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yup. I'm just starting to mess around with it only having picked it up a week ago.

    Chris
     
  9. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I never said it was the antenna, just that I was picking up these stations, but not being heard by them. Could have been a number of factors (not to mention my whopping 5w of output power).

    Chris
     
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  10. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    At first I just wanted to ride a motorcycle for a bit, but as always – I took a radio with me just in case…

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    So today I drove 200 km to the Desna River. It was beautiful!

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    Then I went to the Dnieper River.

    I drove ashore somewhere in between nowhere (QTH LOC KO51HA).


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    I threw the wire over the pine tree and turned on the radio. No interference and weak signals are perfectly audible. I made QRP-QRP QSO with LA1KHA/P, UA1OJL/P and DL8LRZ/P on 10MHz, rested and returned home.
     
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