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Author Topic: 1st QRP  (Read 2634 times)
KD5TXX
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« on: November 01, 2010, 07:57:56 PM »

Well, I bought a 817 and EF 10/20/40 months ago to use in hotels and that didn't work out so well.  However I did take it with me on a Cub Scout campout a few weeks ago and threw the antenna up in a tree.  Got on 20m SSB and made a contact in VA.  Then heard a station in Toranto and called him.  He came back right away with a 5/6 signal.  This was on 17m with said antenna and a tuner, so I figure it was less than the 2.5 watts I had.  That impressed the people around me.  Then last weekend I took a CB mag mount, stuck it to my heat pump and worked OR on 10m SSB.  This is addicting.
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KE7WAV
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 08:09:31 PM »

Yes it can be addicting, welcome to QRPer's anonymous,  hi hi hi.
73 de KE7WAV
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K5TEB
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 08:57:44 PM »

Edward,
   Congrats on your 1st qrp contact.  If you like operating portable, a good spot is River Bend.  It's only a couple of miles from you on the Trace.  I set up there 2 weekends ago and worked Va., Fl, Ma, and Ohio with my Argo 556 and a 20 meter dipole abt 15 feet agl and 5 watts. 
                                          73 de kd5sbo.Terry.  Y'all come see us.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010, 02:07:47 PM »

Welcome to the club Edward.

If you have a laptop, try portable
20m QRP PSK-31. You'll be amazed at who
you can work with that mode at
low power. And a 20m dipole is small
enough to easily string from a couple
of trees.

A great monoband 20m QRP PSK-31 transceiver kit
is the PSK-20 from Small Wonder Labs.
It's an outstanding performer, draws far less current
than the 817, and is a very good "first build" kit too.
Built in VOX type interface also.
73 and congrats, Ken AD6KA
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KB1GMX
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 02:57:14 PM »

Its fun.  the usual setup here is a home brewed 10M SSB that runs about 4W or a 20M home brew SSB at 4W
with a PAR EF40/20/10 about 25ft up.  I work anything I hear generally.  With a Ta33jr at 30ft that power makes a
good accounting.  The part I really like is those two radios run off a 7AH gell cell and a pair of 3W solar panels at
home or portable.

Allison
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