Yeah I am internet SWL'er I dont need a callsign to use a browser or the internet.
I thought so!
Do you need to give your pilots licence number to discuss flying on the internet?
No, but most pilots who own their own aircraft do put their tail numbers in their signatures.
Do I need to submit my drivers licence number before joining a automobile group?
No, but many people in auto-specific forums will list in their signature information about their cars.
You see, in amateur radio (you will learn this when you get a license), one is known by his callsign. It is a way of identification among fellow enthusiasts. You will learn that it is something to be proud of, not a source of shame.
You guys are such control freaks.
No, you are the one who is advocating change of the established limits - it is *you* trying to control others!
5 watts is a arbitrary contest rule power limit. Someone just plucked the figure from the air.
Possibly, although I would imagine it had some more tangible basis when it did eventually become the generally accepted definition. I don't really care - it is the established limit, and one I choose to operate within. It is also the power limit defined for discussion in this forum.
All I am arguing for a practical power limit that is effective 99% of the time. I call it practical necessary communications power.
Try it 25 watts someday and you will see how nobody makes comment about your crap signal. You dont even have to ask for sympathy by saying /QRP
No one says QRP is supposed to be effective 99% of the time. Or, let me rephrase that: no one says QRP is supposed to be successful 99% of the time. I actually find operating at the 5 watt and under level extremely practical all the time, and even 1500 watts is not effective 100% of the time.
Once you study and sit for a radio amateur license, and then get some actual experience, maybe you will comprehend more.
With a HF manpack and 25 watts of output I can easily do 400 QSO's on either 40 or 20 meters without trying DX or Local.
Well, I'd be happy to see you get your license, do just that, and post a link to the published contest results. I'm pretty sure that would be easy to do in a contest weekend. Without trying very hard, I've done the same thing....or more often, 200-300 QSOs in a weekend with limited operating time. You're welcome to search published contest results for my call.
Let's assume you do go to the effort of getting a license. Why do you insist on coming to a forum that's stated purpose is discussion of operations at the 5 watt level and under and try to change that? No one here cares if you operate using 25 watts or 1500 watts or whatever the legal limit is wherever you may live. Just don't come in here saying that what we do is ineffective or poorly defined. It is what it is - accept it, or go somewhere else to discuss the off-topic operations you hope to engage in once you are licensed.
It just works so I dont need convincing. What I would ask you guys to do is try it before being so ummmmh negative and hostile. Generally if 25 watts is effective and you mention that you running 25 watts most will ask you to lower your power down to the 5 watt level. Cant be copied crank it back up to 25 watts.
I don't need convincing either. I find that 5 watts or less is almost always effective for me. If I can't make a QSO at 5 watts, so what? I wait, or it doesn't happen. Lately, I've been operating more and more at the 1 watt and under power level. Is it less "effective" than operating at 5 watt? Yes. So?
The "ZENKI" schtick is getting pretty tiresome.