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Author Topic: You can work the world on 5 watts  (Read 25574 times)
KB3YLQ
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« on: May 06, 2012, 05:10:01 AM »

True or false?
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KCJ9091
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012, 05:42:17 AM »

It can be done.
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KB3YLQ
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2012, 06:06:23 AM »

That's what I've heard! I may spend the rest of my life trying to accomplish that. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 10:34:28 AM »

I try my best to do just that, 25,000km with 500mW being my best, and just this morning I worked a number of VK stations with 5W and a home brew telescopic whip on my FT817, that's with SSB, I'd venture the possibilities are endless with CW Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2012, 11:36:10 AM »

It depends on the band and the antenna. I'd say that someone running 5W to a 3ele Yagi at 75 feet is probably putting out a stronger signal than someone with 100W and a dipole in the attic (depending on the attic).  Grin

Propogation is the "great equalizer". Someone with 5W and great propogation can be S9+10dB while someone with 1500W and poor propogation is only S2 (or not even heard).

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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012, 11:40:35 AM »

My second HF contact ever was to Russia with 5W SSB to a speaker wire dipole. Over 5000 miles on a crappy antenna! It can be done Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 11:49:40 AM »

If you really want big bang from little bucks, a vertical by the sea will give you a very low angle of radiation, that will give your signal the extra legs it needs to work the other side of the World, propagation not withstanding  Wink
My 500mW LP contact with VK6MV was made with a home brew vertical antenna mounted on my backpack, and yes I was by the sea shore, of course that's not much help if you live inland  Cheesy
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KB3YLQ
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2012, 01:26:56 PM »

My second HF contact ever was to Russia with 5W SSB to a speaker wire dipole. Over 5000 miles on a crappy antenna! It can be done Smiley

Wow that's pretty good! And yes, the three most important words in ham radio are antenna, antenna, and antenna.
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2012, 01:28:53 PM »

I try my best to do just that, 25,000km with 500mW being my best, and just this morning I worked a number of VK stations with 5W and a home brew telescopic whip on my FT817, that's with SSB, I'd venture the possibilities are endless with CW Wink

Wow, that's awesome! 25,000km on 1/2 watt!
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 09:19:24 PM »

Instead of me explaining ,or claiming distances and QSO's around the world with 1/2 watt up to 5 watts I rather show you it could be done and none of it from home on a 3el. mono banded at 75 feet.

Go to YouTube and search "N2RRAny" to see how I work the world with wires, verticals, yagi's and from the mobile. All QRP from 2m SSB to 20m SSB and CW. Best part is breaking pile ups on both modes against QRO 100 watt'ers to kilowatt stations during contests, expeditions or casual operating. Excites me to think so many state it's either impossible or a waste of time.

I just love QRP!
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G7DIE
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2012, 01:36:04 AM »

Indeed, let the videos speak for themselves  Wink

G7DIE Youtube channel

I'll see if I can make and upload some more whilst here in Spain as EA3/G7DIE/P, wifi service dependent, it would be great to work any other QRP forum users.
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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2012, 07:27:57 AM »

Mobile ops do it all the time. 100W to a Hamstick = 5W ERP.  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2012, 08:27:30 PM »

Mobile ops do it all the time. 100W to a Hamstick = 5W ERP.  Grin


That would mean if us QRP guys are running 5 watts we're breaking 100 watt'er pile up's and the world with 5 Mw ERP through a ham stick. WOW! Smiley

Working the world QRP is awesome! Wink
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2012, 07:03:32 AM »

True or false?
True.  Go to aa4ga.com and click on "QRP DXCC" and see some pretty impressive totals (not mine!)...and be sure to submit your totals.

73 de Lee, AA4GA
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2012, 01:31:54 AM »

TRUE, Plenty of operators out there with their QRP DXCC award with cw.
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