Saturday, September 29, 2012

Some new wall paper arrived this week....

Paper work for the "I love me" wall...:)
Over this past year I have really discovered the challenge of working QRP and more so QRPp. Never would I had thought such little power can get an amazing distance.  I got my inspiration from such hams as Bert PAB1. UPDATE...(SORRY BERT I MESSED UP YOUR CALL PA1B IS THE CORRECT CALL.....thanks Clark N8CBW for bringing that typo to my attention). who consistently operates with the least amount of power possible. His blog posts and web page got  me going on QRPp power. Then there is Larry W2LJ he too posts of great adventures in QRP operations, his own and others as well. Larry spurred me on to get outdoors with the rig either from the backyard, park or a trail somewhere. With Larry's blog and webpage (before going to Larry's web page have your PC speakers set to mid sound mine were on full just about jumped out of my chair)  I was able to discover not only QRP but getting out and working portable QRP.
My antenna here at VE3WDM is an attic dipole and it's not the best of setups for sure but it gets me on the air. But then there is John N8ZYA , I thought my antenna situation was a challenge. John's QTH is very close to very large buildings and the types of antennas he can use are limited. He uses indoor antennas, he has two Isotron antennas.....these things look like they are from outer space.  Then he has just started using a long wire antenna and I believe that is indoors as well. BUT he has been knocking off 1000 mile per watts contacts one after the other. These are just three hams  who have encouraged my QRP adventure there are many more out there. So this new 1000 miles per watt certificate is a result from the encouragement and challenge of other QRP and QRPp hams out there!! 

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the new certificate.

    I'm continually impressed with how well you do with that attic dipole of yours.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for bringing us along for the journey.

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    1. Good evening Traveller, I too am amazed with the results of the attic antenna as well. The journey is not over yet I want to always try to step it up a notch.
      Mike

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  2. Congrats with the nice certificate Mike. I think the way you, Bert and John are doing radio QRPp is too challenging for most of us. But using QRO is only psychological, we don't need more as 1W to make worldwide contact. It's just a matter of believing....sounding religious now ;-) 73, Bas

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    1. Good evening Bas, thanks for the kind words about the award. As for the QRPp it's all about just throwing the signal out there and seeing what happens.
      Mike

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  3. Hello Mike, Congats on the great achievement. I am amazed by your fabulous low power results with indoor antenna's.
    I very much like the fact that we all inspire each other, through our interlinked Blogs. Don't worry about a smal typo. Your correction attracts even more attention. hi 73, Bert

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  4. Good morning Bert, yes the power of QRPp is always very surprising for sure.

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  5. Hello Mike,

    It's fun....and also amazingly efficient. Congratulations on all those 1000 MPW contacts! You do a fantastic job there. Keep up the great work!!

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    1. Good morning John, thanks for the complement and it sure is lots of fun!!

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