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Author Topic: Who is doing QRP for Field Day?  (Read 2357 times)
AE6RF
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« on: May 17, 2007, 06:49:54 PM »

Like it says.

5W and a battery gets you a 5x multiplier on your contacts.

CW contacts are two points each.

Who is going to do QRP for Field Day?

73 de Donald
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NN4RH
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2007, 10:46:18 PM »

I ran an FT-817 off of battery power last field day, operating CW, on 80 meters. Operated Class E using my base station HF2V vertical and most of the time outside on the deck.  Mostly at 2.5 Watts or 1 Watt.

Despite a number of people insisting that it was impossible to operate QRP on 80 meters during the summer, I didn't have any problem at all making contacts even during the day.

My only problem is that I did run down most of my batteries within about 8 hours and had to spend the rest of the contest being very frugal and backing off the power to 1 Watt.

This year I intend to operate QRP CW again, on 80 and 15m, again on battery power. I'll have more batteries this time, though. I bought a couple of those car jump-starters on sale last winter, and stripped them of the clamps and heavy cables. Those plus my usual inventory of NiMH battery packs for the FT-817 should see me through the whole contest.
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AB2KT
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2007, 01:02:40 AM »

Always. Carry minimal gear, set up wherever you happen to find yourself when the test starts, go from there.

73
Frank
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ALLENCB
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2007, 11:16:03 AM »

I am.  

FT-817 on battery power and some sort of a wire antenna, haven't decide which one yet.

Chris
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W3JJH
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2007, 07:15:31 PM »

Our club will be doing its second QRP/Battery FD this year.  You can follow our preparations at <www.k3pzn.org>.  There's a link to a report on last years results on that page.
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2007, 09:59:02 PM »

I usually have other responsibilities during the day which means it
isn't practical to operate from elsewhere, so I run 1E from the shack
on battery power.  Usually I crank back the power to 5 watts and see
if I can work all states in a single weekend.  Haven't done it yet, but
usually get over 40.  (I think my record is 47.)  If I ever get a beam up
in place of the tri-band dipole I may do even better.
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KB9BVN
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2007, 09:20:37 PM »

Hey Donald....as usual..the Flying Pigs QRP Club International will be operating on Field Day from Ceasar Creek State Park in SW Ohio (Waynesville).

We normally have 2 or 3 K2's on the air running CW and a GOTA station running SSB.  Last year one of our UK members flew in for the evnt and helped us out a lot. He  ran an FT817 for the whole event.

We usually get there on Friday night, have abig campfire, feed our faces and tell lies around the fire ring.

It's the best time of the year.

http://www.fpqrp.com
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KB1GMX
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2007, 07:22:17 PM »

For the last 6 years I've run QRP VHF on battery/solar
which gives some extra point for the solar part.  

The trick with VHF is you can have a decent antenna
and 15-20ft of pipe and a set of guy ropes up on a hill
and you have a good shot.

No matter what it's fun.

Allison
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WA4DOU
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2007, 06:53:11 PM »

In 2006, there were 2183 Field Day entries, of which, 235 were QRP entries. I entered the 1B1B category with a deep cycle marine battery, solar panel, trap vertical and 5 watts. I plan to do it again this year and look for a more serious entry.
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