‘QRP School’ shows how to have big fun with a small signal

qrp-school-n4ccbEvery amateur radio operator is attracted to different aspects of our diverse hobby. For Cliff Batson, N4CCB, of Nashville, Tennessee, it’s QRP — making radio contacts with 5-watts or less.

“I’m not an expert, but I have quite a bit of passion and enthusiasm for QRP. There’s just something magical about being able to make contacts using less power than a nightlight,” says Batson.

Batson started a video blog called QRP School late last summer and recently added his twentieth episode. He’s already covered topics like using a deploy-anywhere vertical HF antenna (below), solar power operations, building a computer-to-CW interface, bringing your gear along on vacation, and many more. He says that he hopes to add even more QRP-related videos soon.

“Ham radio is a big hobby, and there’s room for all of us to enjoy whatever we enjoy, while letting others do their own thing,” he says.

If you enjoy QRP or want to learn more, you can visit his site at QRPSchool.com and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Matt Thomas, W1MST, is the managing editor of AmateurRadio.com. Contact him at [email protected].

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