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Author Topic: QRP rookie with alot of questions  (Read 1226 times)
KB3QLK
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« on: January 25, 2015, 08:17:18 AM »

Recently I've become interested in QRP and wanted any info I can get as well as do's and don'ts .
I just purchased a ft-817 and plan on using it home and portable . I have several 12 amp hour batteries and a 13 foot Aplha portable vertical with Wolf River coil and and 8 radial wires that's worked great with 100 watts portable . Do you think the same antenna would be good qrp ?
At home I have a tribander for 10-15-20 and dipoles for the rest.
 I have been trying to learn cw on and off for awhile , although I think my main QRP operation will be SSB and digital.

When logging am I W3UC/QRP or W3UC ? I assume this makes a big difference for LOTW awards although I cant seem to find much on LOTW QRP and awards.

Any suggestions on what are the best computers for portable ?
Does anyone know how I can change my call sign to my newest call ?? Went to my profile but didn't see it.
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W4KYR
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2015, 09:42:04 AM »

Recently I've become interested in QRP and wanted any info I can get as well as do's and don'ts .

Any suggestions on what are the best computers for portable ?

That is a good question for which I am also looking for the answer too. So here are more questions to ask.

Android, iOS, Linux or Windows?

Which has the longest battery life?

What model?

Can the Signalink USB be used with it?
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Still using Windows XP Pro.
KB1GMX
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2015, 10:11:22 AM »

I have a 817 fine radio...

Antennas the rule is biggest tallest wins.  More metal in the air or the
same metal higher works best.   An electrically short antenna (for this
anything less the 1/4wave in band) is convenient for portable ops but
always less efficient.  That said anything is better than a wire in a
bucket sorted in the garage.

Mobile I run a 8Ft loaded whip and an 817 on 40M. I talk to people
with that.

As to computer lots of choices and you know better than I what you
like and would use.  Battery life is dependent on battery size CPU
and how much work the OS forces the CPU to do other than needed
tasks.  Modern OSs and hardware makes this less an issue.

The rest I leave for others.  I dont use LoTW, pain to setup and use.
My computers are a mix of Apple, Linux, Android OSs on factory or
random hardware.  Common Is linus on older notebooks with XLOG
as my general contest logger.

Allison
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K8AXW
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2015, 11:08:31 AM »

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When logging am I W3UC/QRP or W3UC ? I assume this makes a big difference for LOTW awards although I cant seem to find much on LOTW QRP and awards.

This part depends on what you're logging with.  W3UC/QRP is your call plus the fact you're operating QRP but QRP only means low power,  not how much power.

Some logs provide a place for the power output.  Some logs don't provide a space for YOUR call. This information is entered either on the cover of the log or the beginning of the log. Electronic logs do provide a spot for your call.

The best thing to do is  pretend you are the one receiving the QSL and see if all of the pertinent information is there and is it understandable.
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KA4NMA
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2015, 05:40:50 PM »

How do you load your 8ft whip?
Randy ka4nma
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2015, 07:38:36 PM »

In general, there is no need to log as "/QRP".    You are still 'you', and your location hasn't changed.

Likewise, unless required by a specific contest rules, there is no need to append /QRP to your calls on the air.
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KB1GMX
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 04:37:52 AM »

The 8ft whip is 5ft of mast, coil then almost 3ft more to a total of 8ft.
Some might call that center loaded.

No matter what you do on 40m a 8ft whip is short and mostly inefficient.


Allison
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KB2HSH
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2015, 05:05:18 AM »

The 8ft whip is 5ft of mast, coil then almost 3ft more to a total of 8ft.
Some might call that center loaded.

No matter what you do on 40m a 8ft whip is short and mostly inefficient.


Allison

Yeah...but that being said...I have an Opek HVT-600 that is STELLAR with QRP power. 

John KB2HSH
Springbrook, NY
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KB3QLK
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2015, 06:54:58 AM »

Is anyone going to FDIM (Four Days In May) during Dayton Hamvention ?
A friend talked me into giving it a try and after buying the tickets my interest in QRP has grown. 

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WY7RP
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2015, 05:24:30 PM »

 To change your callsign follow this link. I did mine over the weekend. It's in the FAQ section.

http://www.eham.net/about/loginhelp#new_callsign.

 Jim
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KB3QLK
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2015, 06:43:39 PM »

Thanks for the link !!!    Grin
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WY7RP
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2015, 07:11:44 PM »

I wish it had been a little more intuitive to find.  Cheesy

 Hint to the moderators !
 Jim
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