Re: QRP Contesting


From: Steven Wilson (
Date: Tue Apr 04 1995 - 20:04:11 EDT

I believe Byron has several valid points. The goal should be increase
the qrp activity and not to create divisions within the group. Some
do not have the skills to build decent home brew gear, however, they
may be great operators. Having the ability to build does not make one
the first class A1 operator. I listen all day last saturday and heard
several stations calling CQ that did not have the skill, equipment, or
maybe it was ability to hear the stations calling them. I heard other
very weak stations making contacts after contacts. The purpose of a
qrp contest should be to improve the operating skills of the group.

de stan AK0B

On Tue, 4 Apr 1995 wrote:

> I had trouble working the 1 watt or less group this time. Some were so weak,
> that I asked for repeats and others were not even strong enough to make it
> into my receiver, even though they had good locations and antennas.
> Propagation conditions are only going to get worst as summer approaches.
> Perhaps a contest where we CAN vary the power depending on conditions at that
> minute and depending on the band we're on and how well, we're receiving the
> other guy. You could call someone at 1 watt, if he doesnt answer, kick it up
> to 5 watts. You get more points for the 1 watt contact if you can make it.
> this would satisfy everyones lust for milliwatting and still allow everyone
> to make a bunch of contacts. perhaps in the exchange, you could say "559 MI
> 1W".
> I think we're losing too many contesters because of the multiplier system. We
> need to get more people involved in QRP contesting each contest and not
> penalize anyone for running 5 watts or commercial gear. I'm sure many ops
> dont enter the contests because they know there wont be much activity and
> they dont want to commit an entire saturday for a dozen contacts. Its
> certainly a big consideration. With thousands of QRP members and almost a
> dozen QRP clubs, there should be more QRP contesters. Why arent they getting
> into contesting? Its alot of fun.
> Maybe we could group the homebrewers together and offer certificates just for
> that group. Have them compete against other homebrewers.
> Working the most number of contacts should be the most important thing to
> stress in a QRP contest, the power level should be secondary. Most of the 1
> watters worked 10 or fewer contacts. thats not many for 8 hours of effort. At
> this point in the solar cycle, milliwatting is not very reliable for a
> contesting enviorment.
> Super low power milliwatting is fine for setting records but not reliable for
> regular contacts over a long period of time. Lets redirect our efforts into
> building up a larger group of contesters, and providing a place to test out ne
> w homebrew gear, antennas and current solar conditions. it will be more fun
> for everyone. remember the fall ARCI contests ? Talk about activity...
> My approach to QRP is to get the best antenna, use the lowest loss coax and
> follow the propagation. As the sun rises, go to a higher frequency, as it
> sets, go lower. Follow the MUF (maximum usuable frequency) Listen for those
> short band openings and work as many QRP'ers as i can. QRP contesting is so
> much more fun and challenging than blood and guts DX contests. I cant figure
> out why more aren't involved with it.
> With conditions getting worst, going into the summer, we need to encourage
> more contesters to get active, make the rules easier, dont penalize anyone
> and offer certificates for the top scores in both commercial and homebrew
> catagories.
> What do you think ?
> 72, Byron WA8LCZ Detroit

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