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Author Topic: I am amazed again  (Read 4289 times)
KD5TXX
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« on: January 28, 2014, 01:15:17 PM »

I have had my 817 for years.  I used it on camp outs and portable.  Last week my car was hit by a deer and has been in the shop.  Me getting bored put my 817 and a magnet mount antenna on the rental car.  I am using it on CW and making the same amount of contacts as with 100 watts.  My signal reports aren't all 599 anymore but I am still working stations.  I have always been a fan of QRP but this just affirms for me the reality of what I can do.  I mean I am using a mag mount and a short ham stick.  Those are not supposed to be a good combination....and 2 watts...  I am really new to CW so that's another cool thing for me.  Just wanted to say that.
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N4DSP
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 01:25:00 PM »

Good for you! Now you know. At some future point you will realize that 5 Watts is too much. It becomes really fun running under a watt.

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W1JKA
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 01:45:58 PM »

As per N4DSP fun is right, especially when both stations are QRP QRO at five watts and you start doing the QRP Limbo (how LOW can you go) and find out you can still both maintain the QSO at 1 watt and sometimes a little less. Often times the real QRO boys are even surprised that they can do this dance though they never tried it before.
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W7ASA
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 08:09:22 AM »

Funny you should mention the QRP limbo. I've had an FT-817 for a week now and used all HB/kit QRP rigs before.  Having those 4 levels of power, I was walking it down from 5 to 1/2 Watt with a friend and began to wish for even lower output power!.

Ham is funny - there are those who thrill when they TURN IT UP! and we QRP'ers who smile at QSOs when we are able to turn it down.    Smiley


73 de Ray
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KD5TXX
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 07:53:13 PM »

I turned it down today and made even more contacts.  Tomorrow I bottom the thing out.  Lets see if I can do it.
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AA9SD
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2014, 10:07:39 AM »

I worked Germany on PSK31 with my FT-817nd into an OCF dipole only 20 feet high.  After the QSO I realized I had the power set at 2.5 watts!  Made me wonder if 1 watt would have worked since he gave me a 599.

--Sherman
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K8AG
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 05:27:33 AM »

Life's too short for QRO.  Amazing stuff.

72, JP, K8AG
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