Re: Signing QRP


From: chuck adams (
Date: Sun Nov 12 1995 - 17:22:08 EST


I have been using K5FO/QRP on all my CQs for the past three
years. I have not once had a problem with a QRO station
that I have called abruptly closing the QSO due to my being
QRP. Now I have had QSOs end when conditions went down the
tubes, but I knew it was coming in most cases.

I was at the NTCC (North Texas Contest Club) meeting Tuesday
night. This was my first meeting with the group. A talk
was given comparing the Omni VI, FT1000MP, IC775DSP, and the
TS870S as contest rigs and rigs in general. With MDS values
values of -141 to -144dbm, if they can't hear you then some
ham with a NC40a or other homebrew or most other commercial
rigs are not going to hear you either. It's a fact of life.
These rigs can hear just about anything at noise floor levels.

Stations that are running the high dollar rigs with high
dollar antennas will work you. Don't put them in a class
of stations that you don't want to try to talk to. Even
with QRPers sometimes you are going to run across hams
that don't want to carry on a long QSO. Fine. So be it.
Just enjoy the ones that make you happy. There's room
for everyone. You gotta turn over a lot of rocks in
a field to find the gems.

I think my average QSO is about 15 minutes. At 20wpm
that is 300 words. With all the shortcuts and shorthand
notations, you can say a lot in 15 minutes or less.

If you are having trouble with having short QSOs with
stations, then start looking for the causes other than
the station(s) you encounter. Have someone record
your signal off the air. Would you talk to it?

dit dit

Chuck Adams (K5FO CP-60)
Box 181150, Dallas, TX  75218-8150

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