I know there has been a lot of questions in the past about using the QRP+ on
SSB. I have had fair results in the past using a dynamic microphone.
Nothing great, but O.K. A little frustrated, I called Bruce at Index and
ordered one of the microphones he selected for sale with the rig. After a
few weeks, the microphone arrived.
First, it was not wired for the QRP+. It still had the dual pin plug for use
on an HT. The 1/8" stereo mic plug would not work standalone. I used some
aligator clips to temporarily hook the mic to the rig.
I can't begin to tell you what an improvement a electret mic makes on this
rig. I had to back down the audio to keep from distorting.
The first contact was St. Pete, Florida (I'm in Cincinnati) with a report of
57. When I told him I was only running about 5 watts he could not believe
it. Same thing with the next contact which was in Northeast Michigan. Both
said it sounded like a 100 watt rig. The list goes on. Frankly, I can't
believe it myself. By the way, the antenna is only a ground mounted
This rig has definitely proven itself on both CW and SSB.
Duffy - WB8NUT
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