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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!
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.
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.
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
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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Mike's Tavern / Re: Solar cycle 25....
« Last post by GM0LVI on July 07, 2020, 20:49:14 UTC »
Longest low SFI I can remember, just doesn't seem to be improving. I have recently worked a few Es into EU, but there's very little CW now on 6m as most seem to be using FT8 which bores me out of my skull.
Mike's Tavern / Solar cycle 25....
« Last post by VE2TH on May 02, 2020, 22:09:35 UTC »

What's going on with radio propagation,? Very disappointing, for me.

Check this official website:  https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/news/view/400/20191210-official-solar-cycle-25-forecast-update

We have to wait  a bit. But I hope Sporadic-E (Es) to be present on the highbands 21/28/50 MHz.

So check this website from time to time to see the progress...

See you on the bands,

72/73 Michel VE2TH The QRP'er

Antennas / ELK Antenna part 2...
« Last post by VE2TH on April 24, 2020, 20:33:56 UTC »

Here is very good link for those who would like to built a center insulator like this one in this document:


The followling links are from You Tube video. If images Worth thousands words, What about those real good video,

1- W4EDF Portable Dipole Antenna Center Support


2- N7JFP 6 Meter Portable Dipole


3- From KF7ETX: Weather Resistant Field Antenna

    This one if very interesting, it is portable for 6 meters, and with the ELK Antenna on top you have
4- 3 bands as: 6 meters, 2 meters and 70 centimeters.

Ready for any field day or VHF/UHF Contest., very lightweight, and also good for Patio or Balcony installation for temporary use.-

This link is related to the document above (the first one) as you will be able to see it live ant it would gives you a very good idea.

Have fun with this project and let us know if you built one of these.

72/73 Michel VE2TH

The QRP'er
Mike's Tavern / Re: Is the QRP Club still alive?
« Last post by VE2TH on April 19, 2020, 18:35:29 UTC »
Hi all,

Well it is very boring when peoples change from a forum and open a new web site, or a blog, or like you said, they go to Facebook.

It is the same with many Radio Club Web site, many of them don't have news for weeks ot months.
It seems to me that it would be very simple, The webmaster of such radio clubs, decided to change to Facebook, and let the readers with a simple note with the new Facebook address, or the new web site...

Easy as A B C .

Anyway it seems not to be the rule, and from time to time, you find very old news or old informations on those defunct clubs.

I hope some of the users put new items  to get again people curious about QRP .-

Have a nice week-end, and stay safe

72/73 Michel VE2TH The QRP'er

Antennas / ELK Antenna, VHF/UHF ..
« Last post by VE2TH on April 18, 2020, 21:33:39 UTC »
Hi All,

Got it a four (4) years  ago, and I'm very satisfied with it. I am using it with my Yaesu FT-817ND/FT-818ND  and a small Buddipole mast.

I ordered it with the very solid high quality carrying bag. Everything fit easily including my coaxial cable, and some fittings for my mast.

Portable operation, Sota Parks on the air, etc or at home, ideal if you live  in appartment/Condo it is really low profile.

It has double boom as it is a Log Periodic dual bands.- It is very good if you want to listen in between amateur bands, like FM Broadcast/Aviation etc..

 I love the PVC mounting system, because you can turn it for Horizontal or Vertical polarization.
 I have add 2 foot section of one inch dia. PVC tubing (white) along with a female coupling to screw it on top of my Buddipole mast.

2M Gain 6.8 dbd (8.9 dBi);440 Gain 7 dBd (9 dBi);20 +dB Front to Back Ratio; 24 Inch Boom, or 60.96 CM.-

 It is light and portable and can be taken anywhere for:

 1- Fox hunting

 2- Satellite, Amsat.org

 3- Iss = International space station

 4- ARES= Amateur Radio Emergency Service

 5- EMCOMM = Emergency Communications

 6- Repeaters or simplex FM

 7- SSB/CW dx'ing or contest

 8- Canwarn in Canada or Skywarn in US

 9- Direction Finding

 10 Public services events.

 Think about it, you have a lightweight dual band beam which cover 144/148 & 430/450 MHz with only one coax cable without the use of a duplexer.

 I worked few stations and heard some very distant beacons with the help of some tropo propagation, during the summer months.-

 Quick to set up, easy to operate, it is a winning piece of gear. It is an ideal companion of all your adventures and a real Keeper.-

 Thumbs up to the ELK Antenna crew.

LINKS: http://elkantennas.com/shop/

Watch also YOU TUBE, by typing ELK ANTENNA.

Look at this one, you will have a very good idea how it looks like, and this system is fun for any 6/2/70 CM contests.


 72/73 Michel VE2TH The QRP'er
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