Re Starting with QRP


From: Mike Czuhajewski (
Date: Tue Sep 27 1994 - 13:23:19 EDT

OK, I'll admit it--when I started out in 1964 my rig was a one tuber,
an Ameco AC-1 running a rated, supposed, claimed 15 watts input, though
being a single tube power oscillator the output was probably down in
the mud somewhere at "legal" QRP levels or very close to it. After
that I graduated to a Heath AT-1, modified for a tiny bit of
adjustability on the output net, but running about 20 watts input. I
later read an article on the efficiency of those rigs, and once again
the output was very, very close to "legal QRP" levels. I didn't
graduate to a "big rig", Johnson Challenger at 90 watts or so input,
for about 3 years but I sure had lots of fun with the little rigs.
Someone made the point about people getting on HF after coming from VHF
where it's easy to get QSOs, and getting frustrated with the relative
difficulty of HF QRP, and that's a good point. I'm sure that as long
as people are aware that starting out with QRP on HF could be a bit
difficult and frustrating, they'll probably stick with it. (Good
news--one ofthe hams at work read the QRP articles in the October QST
and is showing interest--today I'm taking copies of several different
QRP journals to show him. Another convert!) 73 and Queue Our Pea DE

Mike Czuhajewski, user of the UniBoard System @
The WB3FFV Amateur Radio BBS - Located in Baltimore, Maryland USA
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