The biggest myths of QRP are that you must own some sort of special equipment
and must have a masters degree in electronics in order to do it.
I use no special equipment or antennas and I do not have a masters
degree in electronics. However, with a bit of patience and luck
I am able to make contacts across very considerable distances with
very little power using radios that I built.
I know it's tempting to run down to Rigs-R-Us and plop
down a small fortune for Yasawood 5000 all band-all mode gem.
I think its a wonderful thing for those that
want top do that and can afford it.
I prefer the minimalist build-it-myself approach.
Generally, I run about 750-800 milliwatts of power into a dipole or MP-1.
I have been able to make contacts all over the country
as well as some dx with this minimalist configuration.
What do you need to build a radio kit to get on the air?
Well, I use a minimalist approach...
A smallish pair of needle nose pliars
A smallish pair of diagonal cutters
A smallish soldering iron (RS 64-2055A)
A smallish reversible screwdriver (- on one end + on the other)
A smallish supply of solder (RS 64-013)
A smallish 12v power supply
A smallish DVM - a really nice one can be cheap
A smallish electric drill w/bits
Optional but highly recommended
A good light to illuminate your work area
A pair of magnifying goggles
None of this stuff is expensive or complicated!
No scopes, No fancy meters.
All you really need is patience and some uninterrupted time.
Click on 'LINKS' at the bottom of this page to find kit vendors.
Here's some other stuff that I couldn't find a place for anywhere else:
QRP and related calling frequencies.
Where Machined Pins come from.