Well many say “life’s too short for QRP”, and well for some that may be true. But I enjoy a good challenge! And QRP, especially phone can be one heck of a challenge! Here’s how I chase CQ callers and deal with pile-ups.
Well, Saturday April 11 2020 was an abbreviated GA QSO PARTY contest. I didn’t get but a couple of hours to participate from my home station in SC but I hope I did help 16 of my fellow hams with those last few points they needed. Not too shabby really, not great, but not bad 16 QSOs in an hour that’s only 7 min 30 sec to find someone calling CQ and bust through the pileups and get the contact in the log on average. Log below:
After the G1M had it’s little microphone issue and the subsequent repair, I finally got the chance to use it for the 100W&AW net. Ian had issues not due to my signal but due to another couple of operators just below the net frequency so the contact was short and struggled for, but I made it in.
29 contacts including Canada, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago 5w on 40 & 20m. It was a beautiful afternoon at the park.
What is QRP? Well that’s low power in ham lingo. QRO would be the exact opposite being high power. Hams are licensed to operate up to 1500w on transmit in the USA through the FCC.
It was a pleasant day and for only $3 admission a good distraction and relaxing time while waiting on my new flight due to work demand and travel changes.