Tag Archive for QRP

Chingrish and “the most cerebral sci-fi film”

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A QRP antenna tuner currently being offered via an Chinese eBay store comes with the following operating instructions: Connect the antenna, day and transceiver is in order, day the TX receiver transmitter, ANT antenna; Sets the transmitter to the CW, AM or FM mode, and the rf output power regulation within the range of 1…

QRP as a religion

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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. The examples: There is a prevailing thought among many…

Submariners and QRP

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I don’t have the necessary statistics to determine if there is a correlation between ex-Navy hams who enjoy QRP operation and who were submariners. What I do know is that there does seem to be an inordinate number of QRPers who, in a past life, did their Navy time under the water as opposed to…

Dual economies and QRP

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Two new QRP rigs from two different countries provide an insightful look into the vast differences between those two countries’ economies and cultures. The recently available X1M Pro is a fully-built 5-band SSB/CW rig from China. It puts out 4 watts, has a general coverage receiver, built-in keyer, RIT, 100 memories and comes with a microphone.…

An oscilloscope/freq counter on your wrist

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Just what you need during a QRP afield event when something goes wrong – an oscilloscope/frequency counter that you wear as a watch! Oh, and it’s a watch too. The Oscilloscope Watch will be available in June for $150 from Xprotolab and pre-orders are being accepted now. Check out their small other oscopes here. Various…

A sea-borne HW-9 – and other old friends

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Just a few days ago, after 21 years in a cardboard box, my old Heathkit HW-9 saw the light of day and once again proved its worth. To celebrate, I took its portrait and made it the banner for this website. I don’t think there is another HW-9 in existence with a history like mine…