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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
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

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