Friday afternoon pedestrian mobile QRP in a Moscow park

peter-r2abt-fila-parkLife is too short, that’s why in my opinion you should try to work QRP, hi!

This Friday afternoon me and my friend Stan UA3LMR (also RD2A) gave it a try again from Moscow park named “Fili,” a very nice and quiet place. This time my catch on the 20-meter-band wasn’t big at all in comparison with the previous outing which you can see in the video below.

Only two Russian stations from the Krasnodar region answered me during an hour and they were put in my log and then sent to the yearlong QRP marathon “Field Flowers.” An Italian ham didn’t make out my call, and New Caledonian’s didn’t ever hear my signal. Propagation and ultra low power are not only to blame. Probably during the work week is not the best time to find a lot operators working on the bands, on one hand. On another hand, the weekend’s bands are usually filled with contesters. What to do? To try whenever you can, of course.


In my point of view, the results of working QRP may sometimes be unlucky, but you will be always happy with the process!

73 and see you on the bands!
Peter R2ABT

Peter Dabizha, R2ABT, is a special contributor to and writes from Moscow, Russia. Contact him [email protected].

8 Responses to “Friday afternoon pedestrian mobile QRP in a Moscow park”

  • W3FIS, Paul:

    I do a LOT of QRP and straight key CW on 40, 30, and 20 meters. Propagation conditions seem to make more difference than anything else, IMHO.

  • Chris, DL8MBS:

    Ufb – but why not have a try on weekends in a contest? Many contesters have very good antennas and better ears/receiving systems. And not all are only in a hurry.
    Gl and vy 73, Chris DL8MBS (qrp&contesting, hi)

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Than’s true Paul! When propagation is fine and 5W sounds like big-guns, I decrase my PWR to 500 mW to keep my QSOs more adventurous. 73!

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Nice idea Chris! I should try work wighin a contest some other day. And you as a contester, I suppose, could be interested in taking part in our activity too – pls see 73!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    There have been many times when I have loaded up and taken my KX3 out and about to find that it was me and just a dead band! It happens now and then but great shots of the park and it sure does look cold out there!!!
    Great post
    73, Mike

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Thank you Mike! This time wasn’t as cold as my previous one with AlexLoop antenna. Around zero degreese only against minus 15C on the video. A bit windy though. 73!

  • Clay WA6JRW:

    Very impressive portable QRP QSO! Thank you for the video. 73, Clay

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Hi Clay! Glad you like it! 73!

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