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