I’m sometimes surprised at the emotional involvement with which some people view the participation of others in this hobby.
Two prime examples of this are among QRPers. Nowhere else in ham radio does someone so easily take it upon themselves to tell others how to operate.
There is a prevailing thought among many QRPers that antennas should reflect the spirit of the rig in use [remember that word "spirit" - I'll get back to it in a minute]…they should be simple, all-wire, low profile antennas and that once you hook a tower-mounted Yagi to your QRP rig, you’ve somehow violated the intent of QRP – that intent being Simplicity or low profile operation.
All of a sudden ERP is brought into the equation to further their argument against the infidel.
Another example – and the subject of a current name-calling thread on a QRP forum – is that on CW, QRP is a maximum of 5 watts out (10w on SSB).
Who decided on that value? And on who’s authority? By the same organization that use to define QRP as “less than 100 watts”?!
For contests and awards, the organization sponsoring them has the right to define QRP – for that specific event. But if I don’t pursue those particular events, can I not work 100 DX entities with 8 watts and then correctly say that I did it QRP?
Up until my Index Labs QRP+ bit the dust, I was attempting to work DXCC with that rig. Depending on the band, it put out 7 to 9 watts yet I considered myself QRP when operating it. I didn’t take gentle care to dial it back to 5 watts each time (or any time) I changed bands.
I understand that we have to have some common agreement on a definition by which to measure our accomplishments or by which to compare ourselves with others. When I tell you that Houston is 8000 km from Montevideo, you can relate because we all know how long a kilometer is.
But QRP is not a unit of measurement with a fixed value despite the fact that various organizations want it to be. If it were, the ERP argument would not be used by QRPers to further their aguments against certain antennas.
QRP is a spirit of operation, or so I’ve been told by many QRPers when they make their “too much antenna” argument.