QRP to the Field – 2012

Unfortunately, I was only able to participate in QRPTTF 2012 for a short while – not enough time to justify an outdoor excursion.

The MO here was to operate from the home QTH with the rig at 5 watts, spot those I heard/worked to QRPSpots in order to drum up some business for them and then to record them as MP3 files. Over the years, I’ve periodically received emailed MP3’s of how I sounded at some distant location and like to provide the same every now and then.

Propagation for QRPTTF wasn’t the best, with diminished signals and a fair amount of QSB, but I’d been hoping to work/record more than I was able to.

I didn’t care to work any of the Florida QSO Party participants but heard a large number of them. I know they counted as credit for the TTF participants but my own feelings are that any event that puts non-QRP ops on the QRP freqs is a bad idea and should be discouraged. We’ve already effectively lost 40m to creeping RTTY-ism on 7040; 7030 never has and never will be exclusively QRP despite anyone’s efforts to make it that way. Now a slew of 100-watt ops on 14060-063 and made to feel welcome?

Bad idea. QRP watering holes exist for a reason – same as SSTV, WSPR and other modes/operating styles.

The one QRP op I did hear consistently throughout the event was K0ZK – always there, always loud!

All contacts below were made on either 15 or 20 meters:

K0ZK

K4AHO

K4UPG

K6DGW

KA6AIL

WD7Y

I’m looking forward to reading the reports of the above and other stations who made it to the field.

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  3 comments for “QRP to the Field – 2012

  1. April 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Cool! Never have heard myself on the air! Glad you didn’t put the part when my hand cramped up and my cw got sort of strange! Nice to hear you on the air again! Enjoying your posts and all the info you share is most helpful!
    72,
    Kelly K4UPG

    • April 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Good to work you too, Kelly – as you can hear, you sounded just fine here.

      72,

      John

  2. Mike kd5kxf
    April 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Amen to not inviting QRO ops into the QRP calling area. Fortunately I was actually on a rig with some AGC for QRPTT.

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