What QRP Operating Today?

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

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  1. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    My pleasure, Brad. I'm not much of a rag chewer, especially not when operating CW. SOTA chasing lets me enjoy the hobby and maybe help out you mountain goats. I'll listen for your signal and I hope to work you again.

  2. KF9VV

    KF9VV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'm starting to go down a different road while at home. That road is digging out weak signals and then having a real QSO with them. I'm finding that getting a station to be able to hear a very weak signal while living in a moderately densely populated area is no easy feat, so that is where my technical effort is headed.

    This is taking me down the path of dedicated receive antennas as well as becoming able to discern Morse code just above the noise floor.

    I may not be transmitting QRP all the time as I like putting an easy to read signal in the other guy's headphones, but I will be out there hunting the weak guys.

    Hey, somebody has to be out there hunting for the hard to receive!

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  3. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I find the idea of dedicated receive-only antennas and even separate transmitters and receivers to be fascinating for some reason. I get where you are going with this and please do update us on your progress.

    I've struggled with several of my SOTA QSOs. The combination of QRP-level SOTA operator and my somewhat lacking SGC 2020 receiver can make for tough work.

  4. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    20 M is open to Europe this A.M.. Worked Slovenia, Italy es Austria - SOTA activators all.
  5. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    80m was kind to OM Lane last nite .
    I began calling CQ on 3552 during the WES and was rewarded with a string of replies. Some even doubled on each other, hi.
    I worked 5 or 6 WES exchanges / mini QSO's in a row before the well went dry. Good QRQ fist practice and had no repeats.
    I don't normally participate in a WES except to do it running low power. Band condx were very much improved from the past week.
  6. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for your new found dedication to hearing the weaker stations! I find it a vy enjoyable challenge esp during QRN in the warm months.
    A good set of snug fitting fones are an absolute must primarily. I also use my I.F. filtering, variable bandwidth peak-notch adjustments to peak and "isolate" the inbound signals. Also found a vy nice addition to my audio chain is 3rd Planet Solar's CALF audio limiter filter.
    Proper adjustment of it as well as the RX allows me to hear QRP ops even when there are regional thunderstorms on 80m.
    The CALF's adjustable audio limiter function is the key to that. It makes the crashes sound like mild puffs! So it's obviously worth the 100 bucks.
    Receivers here are Drake R7 and Ken TS-830, both with I.F. shift, variable bandwidth and notch. The CALF makes these rigs extra "hot".
  7. KF9VV

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    The radios here are an ICOM 7410 or a well maintained Kenwood TS-930. The path I'm heading down is high performance receive antennas. The first stab will be a small receiving loop. I have most of the parts right now to build a T/R switch for the IC-7410. The hope is I can null some of the noise from my neighbor.

    Once it warms up, my next step is to implement a Beverage. My property will support one.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
  8. K1LKP

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  9. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Broke out the 40m QCX kit today and having a ball calling CQ and ragchewing. No DX, but I'm not a DX guy anyway so who cares? Loads of fun.
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  10. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Today I made fifty QSO in 9A CW contest on mcHF and wire loop

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