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QRP Field & Portable Events
QRP Calling Frequencies
QRP Kits
QRP Equipment & Vendor Table
QRP WARC- Speed DX Challenge !
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Column/Article Title
Column
Number
Publish Date
QRP Community from ARRL Web Extra (* indicates footnote)


The QRP Community
1
28 Jan 2002
QRP Equipment
2
11 Mar 2002
QRP-- Make Mine "To Go"
3
25 Apr 2002
QRP Operating
4
14 May 2002
Visiting FDIM and Dayton Hamvention
5
05 Jun 2002
Field Day and Portable Operations  *footnote 1
6
18 Jun 2002
Hamfests- Shopping for QRP Items and Supplies (Part 1 of 2) * 2
7
28 Jul  2002
Hamfests- Shopping for QRP Items and Supplies (Part 2 of 2) * 3
8
05 Sep 2002
QRP Contesting (Part 1 of 2)
9
10 Oct 2002
QRP Contesting (Part 2 of 2)
10
21 Oct 2002
Holiday Gift Lift Suggestions for your Favorite QRPer
11
25 Nov 2002
QRP Construction--Kits, Homebrew and Other QRP Projects * 4 12 27 Dec 2002
DXing- A Guide for Success Using QRP (Part 1 of 2) 13 22 Jan 2003
DXing- A Guide for Success Using QRP (Part 2 of 2) 14 24 Feb 2003
The QRP World Above 50 MHz 15 28 Mar 2003
Odyssey of the Argornauts * 5 & 6
16 29 Apr 2003
Annual Dayton Hamvention QRP Review 2003
17
5 Jun 2003
Cleaning Out the Mailbox
18 29 Jul 2003
Build a Construction Station
19
26 Aug 2003
Triple Witching Hour! 20 24 Sep 2003
2003 Holiday Gift Lift Suggestions for your Favorite QRPer 21 02 Dec 2003
Low Power Meets the Low-Bands (Part 1 of 2) 22 06 Jan 2004
Low Power Meets the Low-Bands (Part 2 of 2)
23 05 Feb 2004
Minimalist QRPer- Packaging, Adapters & Feedline
24 16 Mar 2004
Software for the QRP Shack (Part 1 of 2) * 7 25 24 Apr 2004
Software for the QRP Shack (Part 2 of 2) * 7 26 31 May 2004
Shopping for Multiband/Multimode Commercial QRP Transceiver(s) * 8 27 Coming Soon
QRP Home Companion from QRP Quarterly 


Introduction
Summer 2003
QRP DXing
Fall 2003
QRP Contesting

Winter 2004
Spring Cleaning

Spring 2004
Filling In Holes

Summer 2004
 Other Columns  

Publish Date
Choosing Your Ideal Callsign- Original Version from ARRL Web
 
 3 Sept 2001
Choosing Your Ideal Callsign- Updated Version (on K8ZT Web Site)
 
 2 July 2002
Make Mine "To Go"- constructing a portable QRP shack

Winter 2004
               
                  
Note
Column #
Footnotes
1
 6
Another suitable substitute for SD-20 Fishing Pole is the Black Widow 20 foot crappie pole (it is mentioned in the Norcal STLV pages ). The Black Widow is readily available via mail order from Bass Pro Shops or Cabelas.
2
7
 If you prefer to mail order the NA5N book: The Electronic Data Book for Homebrewers and QRPers.Send $20 (includes shipping US & VE) to
Quicksilver Printing,  P.O. Box 757,  Socorro, New Mexico 87801

3
8
An Outline for giving a Talk on Hamfests at your Local Radio Club. Feel free to use it, but don't forget to put in a "plug" for my  QRP Community - Column
4
12
Here is the correct link for EI9GQ's  Homebrew Page.
For more links on homebrewing and technical information please visit my website's Ham Resources and Projects pages.
5 16 The6N2 Model 526 VHF radios were grouped with SDR that were user ROM upgradable. Although the 6N2 Model 526 shares the same case and chassis design and DSP with the Argonaut-V, it does not have a serial port for user upgrade of ROM.
6 16 Follow these links to view a reprint of the original "The Second Coming of the Argonaut" CQ, Nov 1971 and Ten-Tec advertising materials from early 1970

7 25 & 26 Visit the Software Page oof my web site for a frequently updated list of a variety of software for Amateur Radio

8 27 Coming Soon - Download an interactive spreadsheet to help you choose a multimode/mutliband commercial QRP transceiver. Spreadsheet was created with Microsoft Excel but can be used with OpenOffice (a free open source spreadsheet/wordprocessing/presentation/drawing "office suite" for Windows, Linux or Mac OS-X) or other spreadsheet programs that can open Excel 2000 files.

        

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QRP Get Togethers Around the Country
(Last Updated 01-04-2004)


Date
Event
Location
Sponsor
Web Page(s) and/or e-mail
In Conjunction with
May 13-16, 2004 FDIM Dayton, OH QRP ARCI http://www.qrparci.org/fdim64.html Dayton Hamvention
June 18-19, 2004
Hamcom  Dallas NorTexQRP  http://www.hamcom.org/default.asp Hamcom in Dallas
June 
??, 2004
Iowacon SiouxCity Iowa QRP Club http://www.qsl.net/kq0rp/iowaqrp.html HAMBOREE
July
9-11,
2004
Lobstercon Maine New England QRP Club  
http://www.wulfden.org/Lobstercon/index.shtml

Jul 16-18
2004
4th QRP Get-together Essex, MT rattray@gpfn.sk.ca http://www.gwhamfest.org/ Glacier/Waterton hamfest
July 2-4 2004  ?Fort Tuthill ?
AZ AZ ScQRPions http://www.arca-az.org/arca/ Arizona State Convention & Hamfest (formerly Fort Tuthill)
Aug. 7-8
2004
Austin QRP Club Austin, TX Austin QRP Club http://www.qsl.net/kq5rp/
Austin Summerfest 
Ham Convention
Aug. ??
2004
3 Days in Alabama
Huntsville AL
North Georgia QRP Club (NoGa)
http://www.qsl.net/nogaqrp/
Huntsville Hamfest
Oct  17-19
2004
QRPacificon
Concord, CA
NorCal QRP Club
http://www.amqrp.org/pacificon/index.html/
Oct  15-17
2004
HFpack
Concord, CA
HFpack.
The HF Portable Group
http://www.hfpack.com/
March , 2005 Atlanticon Baltimore, MD NJ-QRP CLUB http://www.njqrp.org/atlanticon/

April , 2005 OzarkCon Joplin,MO Four State QRP Group http://www.ozarkcon.com/ Joplin  Hamfest
May 19-22, 2005 FDIM Dayton, OH QRP ARCI http://www.qrparci.org/fdim64.html Dayton Hamvention

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QRP Field & Portable Events


Date
Event
Sponsor
Contact Information
June 26 & 27, 2004 Milliwatt Field Day QRP ARCI http://2hams.net/ARCI/mwfd.htm
July  2004 Flight of the Bumble Bees The Adventure Radio Society http://www.arsqrp.com/
Feb  2005 FYBO
(Freeze Your B*** Off)
AZ ScQRPions
Apr., 2005
*****
QRPTTF (QRP to The Field) American QRP Club http://www.amqrp.org/
Ongoing Top of The World The Adventure Radio Society http://www.natworld.com/ars/pages/top_of_the_world/tow_descrip.html
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QRP Calling Frequencies

BAND
160 M
80 M
40 M
30 M
20 M
17 M
15 M
12 M
10 M
CW-USA
1.810  *1.843 
3.560 
7.040
*7.030 
10.106
*10.116 
14.060 
18.096
*18.086
21.060 
 24.906 
28.060 
SSB-USA
1.910 
3.985
*3.690 
7.285
*7.090 
N/A
14.285 
18.130 
21.285 
24.950 
28.385 

* European or Alternative Frequencies


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QRP KITS

Kit Manufacturer Availability Mode Band(s) Price $
K-1 Elecraft Kit with Options CW
2 or 4 bands 
80 to 10
279 to 450
K-2 Elecraft Kit with Options CW / SSB 10 to 80 589 to 1150
KX1 Elecraft Kit with Options CW
40 & 20 (30 opt.)
279 to 457
NW Series Emtech Kit CW One band 80, 40, 30 or 20 80 plus cabinet 35
ZM-2 Emtech Kit Antenna Tuner   55
Glow Bug 40 Glow Bug Kit CW
Tube Transmitter
40 60
FOXX Kanga Kit CW One band 80, 40, 30 or 20  34 to 37
Cub Series MFJ Kit or Wired CW One band 80, 40, 30, 20, 17 or 15 99 to 149
Serial CW Sender NJQRP Club Kit NK0E PDA Serial Keying Interface . 34
Precision VXO

NJQRP Club

Kit K8IQY
Precision VXO
. 60
Low Power Balun

NJQRP Club

Kit W1CG Balun 10-160 15
Power Guard

NoGA

Kit NoGa Power Indicator Guard . 13
NoGa Wattmeter

NoGA

Kit Wattmeter . 20
NoGa Guppy NoGA Kit Multifunction QRP Accessory Package

40
NorCal 30 Nor-Cal Kit CW 30 Coming Soon
BLT Nor-Cal Kit Balanced Line Antenna Tuner . 25
38 special Nor-Cal Kit (Dicontinued) CW . .
Epiphyte- 3 Nor-Cal Kit (Dicontinued) SSB 75 90 to 125
OHR 100 Oak Hills Research Kit CW One band 40, 30, 20, or 15 129
OHR 500 Oak Hills Research Kit CW 80, 40, 30, 20, & 15 359
Micro 80 Oleg V. 
Borodin
Kit CW 80 20
HR series Ramsey Kit Receiver  One band 80, 40, 30 or 20 30 each
QRP series Ramsey Kit Transmitter  One band 80, 40, 30 or 20 30 each
Red Hot Radio (Nor-Cal 20) Red Hot Radio Kit CW 20 or 40 150
PSK-series Small Wonder Labs Kit PSK One band 40, 30 , 20 or 10 85 to 100 
+ 30 for case 
Rock Mite Small Wonder Labs Kit CW 7.039-7.040 25 
SW+ series Small Wonder Labs Kit CW One band 80, 40, 30 or 20 55 + 35 for case & hrdwre 
DSW-II Small Wonder Labs Kit CW 20
150
White Mountain (WM) Small Wonder Labs Kit SSB One band 80, 40 or 20 100
FREQ-Mite Small Wonder Labs Kit Freq Counter Range 80 thru 10 20
Ten Tec 13xx Ten Tec Kit CW One band 80, 40, 30, 20 or 15 95
Pixie-2 Variety of vendors Kit ? plus a few other parts are needed CW 80 or 40 Less than 15
Sidekick

W5JAY &
Ft. Smith QRP

Kit
(Manhattan Style)
Receiver 40 34
Tuna Tin II

W5JAY &
Ft. Smith QRP

Kit CW Transmitter 40 15
VE3DNL Marker/Generator

W5JAY &
Ft. Smith QRP

Kit Marker/Generator 40 12
Sierra Wilderness Radio Kit CW 80, 40, 30, 20, 17 or15 (separate module for each) 245 to 369 depending on how many bands
SST Wilderness Radio Kit CW One band- 40, 30 or 20 85

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The QRP WARC-Speed DX Challenge!
Is the hiss on 10-meters getting you down?  Are you longing for those days
of endless DX? Has your beam not moved in a week?

Here's a remedy...K7SS and N0AX, along with the Western Washington DX Club,
and ably assisted by the Amazing Bruce Horn WA7BNM announce:

The QRP WARC-Speed DX Challenge!

The objective of this program is to work as many DXCC Entities as possible
using QRP on the WARC bands (30, 17, and 12-meters) between 0000Z June 1,
2003 and 2359Z May 31, 2004. QRP is defined as 5 watts output on digital
(any data-transfer protocol) or CW and 10 watts PEP on SSB. (If you want to
work QRP on AM or FM, be our guest...)

Certificates will be awarded for
- the top three totals from each CQ Zone in each of the categories below
- for working 100 entities on any single band.

This program recognizes achievement by zone - so you'll be competing against
your peers!

Each month, results will be posted in the following categories:
17-meter CW, 17-meter Phone, 17-meter Digital, 17-meter Total
12-meter CW, 12-meter Phone, 12-meter Digital, 12-meter Total
30-meter CW, 30-meter Digital
Total CW, Total Phone, Total Digital, Total Overall
Enter as many or as few categories as you like. The Web site will just
report what you enter each month - you're responsible for keeping the total
up-to-date.

Here's the fun part - no QSL cards, no cumbersome paperwork! At the end of
each month, WA7BNM will post a score submittal form on the 3830 Score
Submittal Web page at http://www.hornucopia.com/3830score/. You enter your
totals and - as if by magic - the updated totals will be posted to the 3830
contest score reflector and CQ-contest reflectors (and forwarded to the DX
and QRP reflectors, as well). At the end of the year, you'll be able to
download your nice certificate!

The honor system rules! No padding your totals with the ones that you
"almost" worked. No calling somebody at 100 watts (or more) and then asking
for them to "stand by for my QRP signal".

Let me answer the first question - no, this is not a contest! (Contests, by
gentleman's agreement, are not conducted on the WARC bands.) It is no more
a contest than the DXCC single-band awards or the DXCC DeSoto Cup.
Competitive, yes, contest, no.

If you'd like to sponsor your own certificate or prize, by all means do so -
just send me an email and I'll post the list of awards to the reflectors.
Challenge the other guys in the local club - have your own competition using
wire antennas or mobile or on odd-numbered days or ??? How many do you
think you can work in a year? The WWDXC sponsored a one-year QRP DX
competition and K7RI worked 247 DXCC entities. 247!!! It can be done -
just get busy.

After the end of each month, log on to the Web site
http://www.hornucopia.com/3830score/ and dump in your totals. Amaze your
friends! Heck - amaze yourself!

73, Ward N0AX
n0ax@arrl.net


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