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Welcome to the Club / Re: Greetings from SV5FRI
« Last post by GM0LVI on March 06, 2021, 15:54:13 UTC »
Welcome Yianni! I hope to have a QSO with you. I have worked several SV stations recently and had a QRP contact with SV1YR/3 about four days ago.
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Welcome to the Club / Greetings from SV5FRI
« Last post by sv5fri on March 05, 2021, 13:02:46 UTC »
Hello to all,

My name is Yiannis SV5FRI, I am live in Athens (Greece) and operating as SV1/SV5FRI
 :)

73, de Yiannis, SV5FRI
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Telegraphy / Re: how many cw ops?
« Last post by KG5WOY on March 05, 2021, 04:25:35 UTC »
I'm fairly new to cw but it's my go to mode besides the digital modes.  Digital doesn't excite me like cw does.  I honestly can't remember my last ssb contact.
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Welcome to the Club / Hello from Arkansas, USA
« Last post by KG5WOY on March 05, 2021, 04:20:49 UTC »
My name is Erik. KG5WOY. SKCC#19163

It may sound funny but I've been a ham twice.  I got my Novice when I was 10 and upgraded to Technician when I was 16 but let my license expire in 1994 when I was in the Navy.  I got my license because my whole family (father, mother, and sister) were hams and being the youngest I didn't want to be left out.  Fast forward to 2017 and I'm considering getting into citizen's band radio and decided I might as well get my license again.  I was amazed at all that had changed in the rules and the hobby in general.

I studied for the Technician and General and passed both in one shot.  Ended up getting my Extra a year later.  If you're not an Extra allow me to encourage you to study and get it.  You really learn alot about the hobby.

From 2017 until recently I have been 100w only but I fell in love with QRP when a buddy showed me his FT-817 which I bought from him shortly after.  Now I'm exclusively QRP.  I just love the challenge of it.  My set up is the 817 with an End Fed Half Wave thrown into a tree, though I'm seriously considering going vertical after I got my throw weight stuck in a tree, well, actually two of them. Happened twice in one day.

Thanks for letting me in and I hope to meet you on the air.

73
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QRP / Great 2x QRP with IS0ESG on 17m
« Last post by GM0LVI on February 28, 2021, 20:52:53 UTC »
I was listening on 17m on what seemed like an almost dead band when I heard a CQ from IS0ESG/QRP. There were next to no other signals but when I turned my antenna in his direction he was 579 to 539 with QSB. I gave him a call and received a 599 plus report which wasn't really surprising as I was running 200 Watts so I reduced power to just 5 Watts and received 559.
I've been working QRO recently (200 W), but that QRP contact gave me a better thrill than any QRO contacts. I think I need to get my KX3 back into service and start playing serious QRP again!!
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Welcome to the Club / Re: Greetings from snowy Vermont de k2ki
« Last post by ve2th on February 08, 2021, 15:19:02 UTC »
Good morning Bob,

I'm am a bit late, but better late than never Hi!!

I wish you a warm welcome, from your neighbor in Québec City, and I hope to meet you on the air.

I'm doing QRP & QRPp  for 58 years , this year, and I always have great fun  doing this.

Rigs now are Yaesu FT-818ND since last year, but I'm a user of ft-817, first generation, for 8 years, then sold it and got a ft-817nd FOR 12 YEARS, sold it and got the 818ND. Imagine if I have this little peanut whistle  for 20 + years it is because I love it very much . The other rigs I'm using are the old trusty Icom IC-703 plus , and an Elecraft KX3, but my xyl VE2RH is taking good care of this one, she loves it, but I use this one from time to time.

Antennas are all kind of wire , dipole/inverted-V loops, etc., I like to experiment and I try to tune them the best I can, because 5 watts it is  5 watts. Hi! So before using it, I tune it with my antenna analyser.

I also use a fish pole antenna, as a vertical dipole, it is made of a fiberglass pole, with a wire for the vertical part, and another wire generally called a counterpoise.

Well that is about it,

Sure we will meet on the air some day

All the best to you and yours , stay safe, and have fun playing radio

72/73, Michel from SNOWY Québec City



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QRP / Re: Conditions are on the up at last.
« Last post by f5gsk on January 28, 2021, 21:58:23 UTC »
Congrats Dave !
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Welcome to the Club / Greetings from snowy Vermont de k2ki
« Last post by k2ki on January 06, 2021, 19:00:30 UTC »
Hi to all. Bob de k2ki here in Vermont.
Been a ham since 1984 and KA2UZC was my original call.

Been interested in QRP for a while (20ish years). I had been bitten bad by the QRP bug back in '07 but had a nasty accident that left me in a world of hurt and loss of mobility both arms and legs.

I had purchased a few kits back then but never had the time to build them. I then decided to buy as much as I can and use that to help me gain the inspiration to get moving (my wife thinks otherwise).

Well, almost 14 yrs later and I think I am there. (I guess I's slow that way) Hi. so now, I have have a few kits that need building (Rockmte for 40, Softrock Ensemble for 40 & 30 I think, and a brandy new QCX-mini that I am in the process of inventorying plus a few other tid-bits) and fix up a few basket cases that I bought to repair along the way.

I do have a working Rockmite on 40 & 30, a Midway me-80 and a Pre-Dave Benson, K1SWL model SW-40 that was in a QST article entitled "A Single-Board Superhet QRP Transceiver for 40 or 30 Meters", Nov. 1994, Page 40. Seems to work ok. Made a couple of QSO's. Plus, Softrocks for 160, 80 & 40 that I have never been able to make contact with...

Anyway, just wanted to stop in and say hi. Been registered for a bit (Feb 2020) and just getting around to introducing myself (See, I told you I was slow) hi.

Take care all and Happy New Year and may all your QSO's be <5W. :-)

Oh.... P.S. WK4T... That greeting is my usual Salutation. I am glad to see others using it. :-)
de k2ki
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QRP / Conditions are on the up at last.
« Last post by GM0LVI on November 25, 2020, 20:46:14 UTC »
The solar flux appears to be rising and the higher bands opening up.
Last week I worked VE2JCW in Montreal on 18MHZ and received a 549 for my 5 Watts. Today I worked N2GM in NJ on 21MHZ and received a 559. SFI today was up at 101!
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