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Musings in QRP

QRP is the art of low power operating. The official Q Signal list defines QRP as "reduce power". The "un-official" maximum output power for QRP operations is 5 watts. Of course many QRP operators run much less power. W8ILC has worked more than 250 countries running 1 watt on SSB. The primary mode for QRP operations is CW.

Many ham radio operators have been operating QRP without even realising it. They use digital modes like PSK31 and JT65 at or below the 5 watt limit for QRP operations. FCC rules state that the minimum power to maintain operations is to be used at all times. QRP operators take this rule to heart. Their goal is to contact other staions at the lowest power they can use.

This page is a continuing work. Check the What's New page for updates.

QRP Equipment Dealers, Kit Makers, Parts etc.

YouKits

Radios, test equipment

Elecraft

If you remember Heathkit, you will love Elecraft. Kits for radios, test equipment and other items.

W8DIZ - Kits and Parts

Home of the 1 watt tranceiver as well as thousands of parts.

QRP-J36 Telegraph Key

A very beautiful minature J36 telegraph key.

Here is a video of one of these keys in action

QRP Labs

QRP ME - Kits in a Can

LNR Precision

Ham Gadgets

SOTA BEAMS

Lightweight Antennas, Support Poles and Accesories. Also home to the WSPRLite System.

Everything you need for Portable Operations.

QRP LABS

Ultimate 3/3S QRSS/WSPR kits and Accesories

Antennas, Baluns and Tuners

Random Wire Lengths

QRP Clubs, Get Togethers, Events

MSPOTA - Michigan State Parks on the Air is now active

You can find complete information at the MSPOTA Web Site

QRP Amateur Radio Club International - QRPACI

Straight Key Century Club

Flying Pigs QRP Club

North American QRP CW Club

QRP School

QRP Fox Hunt

QRP Spots

Spots of QRP operators currently on the air.

W8DC

Repeaters

147.260+ 94.8 -- 146.76- 94.8 A/D -- 224.64- 94.8 -- 444.400+ 94.8

A handy guide on how to use repeaters can be found here.

W8DC Club Nets

Tuesday -- 7pm 146.76- 94.8 Analog and possibly Digital (C4FM Fusion)

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