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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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Welcome to the Club / Re: Greetings and Hallucinations
« Last post by GM0LVI on August 27, 2020, 19:49:10 UTC »
Welcome to QRP Dave! You'll find it is lots of fun.
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Transceivers / Re: YAESU FT-818ND PART 3 FOLLOW-UP
« Last post by f8wbd on August 24, 2020, 08:00:45 UTC »
I want to reply. I had several 817 rigs over the years. Unfortunately my eyesight has aged and the mini display is no longer  easily legible. I would ask why why why didn't Yaesu manufacture  and offer an outboard LARGER display attachment that could be plugged into a new 818...something like their 857 and 897. Good eyesight, don't buy it. Aging eyesight buy and use it. Maybe leave it home if you can manage sans when outdoors. Under those condx I would purchase an 818.
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Mike's Tavern / Re: Solar cycle 25....
« Last post by f8wbd on August 24, 2020, 07:40:05 UTC »
Seems like it has been years since I was last here. Actually, has been.  As for poor prop, well, I just redefined  my definition of DX.  Now, I am satisfied with hundreds rather than thousands of km distances when contacts arrive. In fact, I do not become depressed when nul contacts occur. Just pick up my Kindle and read a book or listen to Mozart. Still at 5 watts with a TS120V and TS130V set up now and a low wire on 20M. All CW as usual.  72 de Dick F8WBD
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Welcome to the Club / Greetings and Hallucinations
« Last post by WK4T on August 12, 2020, 23:00:07 UTC »
Name here is Dave.  I’m kinda new to the QRP game and I’m looking forward to getting more on air time. 


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