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Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KD2RON, Oct 17, 2021.

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  1. KD2RON

    KD2RON Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just a note to those on the thread who are new to qrp ops. I was a serious casino gambler and finally realized that not everyone wins. We just think so because we only talk about our wins. Same with qrp. We don't go on QRZ and say we called cq 10 times and nothing. But when I get qso on my MTR I love to brag. Maybe I like qrp ops because of its hit and miss nature.
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  2. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well said Ron...
    We get skunked more often than not. It's a fact of life. There's more losers in a race than winners...
    And yes that makes our successes that much more rewarding...
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  3. KK9W

    KK9W Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very good point.
  4. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    The house always wins.
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  5. KC7JNJ

    KC7JNJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    QRP is not that much harder then 100 watts on the same antenna. The fact we’re at the bottom of the sun cycle has to be taken into account. It’s all relative if one has not been through the top of a hot sun cycle then they really cant understand. That fact is with these low numbers I should not be able to make any contacts at all with my 5 watts SSB and a wire. Right now without a good antenna and a good location getting skunked with QRP is the norm. That to me is what makes working folks 5 watts ssb all the more amazing.
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  6. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Consider this. Operating 100W into a wire antenna in an RF noisy environment (typical house in urban/suburban setting) is what many hams deal with every day. Taking a QRP radio into the woods, away from all this noise with a similar antenna can immediately give you a receive advantage. If you're severely antenna compromised at home, you might find QRP to be BETTER than 100W at home in both TX and RX. I lived with this when I lived in an apartment in the Bay Area.

    Plus, it's fun!
  7. KA0USE

    KA0USE Ham Member QRZ Page

    face it, we're masochists.
    beat me, whip me, make me feel cheap, write bad cheques, AND miss the dx.
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  8. K1GC

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    Luck and location must be in my favor. I am a beginner at all this, only starting with QRP in the summer of 2020, but I don't think I have had an unsuccessful outing yet. Certainly there have been stronger and weaker sessions, but I have always made enough contacts that at least in my own mind the outings have all felt like successes. I also think Parks On The Air helps a lot for the QRP operator, and my QTH abutting K-0001 sure seems to be an attractive target for many park hunters. It also probably helps that I either have the benefit of either ocean side or open mountain tops in this particular park. Lastly, when I started, I had read so much material or watched endless detailed videos on other QRP operators setups & practices, that I had a pretty good idea on how to be successful from day one. I think without all of that great information, the learning curve would have been quite a bit steeper.
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  9. N2UHC

    N2UHC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've gotten skunked a lot calling CQ with 100W, too.
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  10. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been a ham for <2 years near the bottom of the current solar cycle and I am having a blast with my QRP transceivers.

    I can just imagine how fun it will be in the coming years.

    My most powerful radio is the IC705 (10w) which I’ve never had past 7w. I started my HF operating with SSB contacts into Europe regularly and made the 10 QSOs required for a POTA about 75% of the time in a hour.

    Now I am becoming proficient in CW. If I have an hour or so, 10 QSOs with my 3.0w MTR or SW3b (9v) is relatively easy.

    I am nearing 1000 QSOs VHF for SOTA all at 5W.

    Just this evening I had 15 QSOs with the 3.0w MTR in under an hour. Being in a low noise outdoor setting and Spotting on the POTA app ups the odds considerably!

    I hear antenna, antenna, antenna is the key to QRP success but I will add location (mountain summit or low QRM park) to that equation really helps also.

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2021
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