February 23, 2010 Some of my QRP tactics to beat QRO
So, QRP means less than 5W, let’s say less than 25 Watts, but not more. OK?
Why do I use QRP (at home, or portable)? Because I design my own transceivers and accesories. I never had power transistors, until recently when I received some 25W power transistors @ 24 Volts for 432MHz, 25W for 50MHz (both integrated into two Power Amplifiers for the specified bands) and some higher power trasistors for HF (not used yet because I don’t have a good power supply for them).
“Operating QRO” with QRP transceivers?
Yes! 5 watts can beat 1kw. For this you must be a good operator. (And a good antenna, if posible)
I don’t consider myself an extra one, but, I cannot be modest. I have my tactics, learned from my logical aproach, by personal experiences.
- 1. I don’t use clusters, just rarely. You must always be there. You must feel the air, the band. You must be there, almost always. Also in your dreams.
- 2. Never say “I cannot work a weak DX”! I said so when I first heard Japan on 50MHz, and I missed it in my log. The other day I worked Hong Kong on the same band with 2watts and a dipole. You must call, call, and call. Don’t be frustrated because of your low power.
- 3. Use your hands continously. Now on the speed pot. of your keyer, than on the frequency dial. Propagation and the other side operator are the factors here. For example, i copy better high speed CW if louder the signal. Better I copy some CW tone than other. Some propagations allow only QRS others only high speed CW to be corectly copied.
- 4. A technical problem: test, retest, experiment antennas! (The only thing I did’nt for long time)
Good Luck QRP’ers!