The Michigan QRP Club was organized on January 19, 1978 in Michigan's central Lower Peninsula. The club has grown to include members from many parts of the country and around the world. Section 2(a) of the club constitution reflects the purpose "...to foster and develop friendships and cooperation among amateur radio operators who have a common interest in the unique pleasure and challenge of operation...at power levels of 5 watts output or less..."
The Michigan QRP Club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League.
3535 QRP Frequency
Members are encouraged to monitor the 3535 kHz frequency throughout the week for random chats with MI QRP members. Also by operating on this frequency, it is possible to recruit like minded operators to join the MI QRP Club.
The MI QRP Net is held weekly, each Tuesday night, on 3535 kHz. The net starts at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Members and non-members are encouraged to check-in. All amateurs are welcome. Operating QRP is not mandatory. The net control uses the call sign WQ8RP and will respond at the calling station's sending speed.
The Five Watter
The Michigan QRP Club's quarterly publication: The Five Watter is published once a quarter: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Paid up members received T5W as a benefit for the annual dues. The article content may be about products, antenna or building projects. They also may contain features and activities relating to operating QRP. Members are encouraged to submit articles for publication. Non-members material may also be submitted. Submitting articles relating to QRP contesting summary, including a soap box, would be appropriate. Building experiences or operating experiences make for good read for fellow QRPers. Ham related for sale/wanted items are welcome. Contact the editor for more details.
The Michigan QRP Club sponsors one contest and three sprints throughout the year. Certificates are awarded to those stations with the highest score, running 5 watts or less, in each State, Province, or Country. The Club also sponsors several operating awards.