Some new wall paper arrived this week….

Paper work for the "I love me" wall...:)
Over this past year I have really discovered the challenge of working QRP and more so QRPp. Never would I had thought such little power can get an amazing distance.  I got my inspiration from such hams as Bert PAB1. UPDATE...(SORRY BERT I MESSED UP YOUR CALL PA1B IS THE CORRECT CALL.....thanks Clark N8CBW for bringing that typo to my attention). who consistently operates with the least amount of power possible. His blog posts and web page got  me going on QRPp power. Then there is Larry W2LJ he too posts of great adventures in QRP operations, his own and others as well. Larry spurred me on to get outdoors with the rig either from the backyard, park or a trail somewhere. With Larry's blog and webpage (before going to Larry's web page have your PC speakers set to mid sound mine were on full just about jumped out of my chair)  I was able to discover not only QRP but getting out and working portable QRP.
My antenna here at VE3WDM is an attic dipole and it's not the best of setups for sure but it gets me on the air. But then there is John N8ZYA , I thought my antenna situation was a challenge. John's QTH is very close to very large buildings and the types of antennas he can use are limited. He uses indoor antennas, he has two Isotron antennas.....these things look like they are from outer space.  Then he has just started using a long wire antenna and I believe that is indoors as well. BUT he has been knocking off 1000 mile per watts contacts one after the other. These are just three hams  who have encouraged my QRP adventure there are many more out there. So this new 1000 miles per watt certificate is a result from the encouragement and challenge of other QRP and QRPp hams out there!! 
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Some new wall paper arrived this week….”

  • Congratulations Mike! With my new (second hand) FT-817 I was sitting upstairs yesterday listening to 10m SSB with a Miracle Whip. To my surprise, I managed to work a station in the Ukraine 5/9 with just 2.5W. All that indoors with a radio sitting on my knee. If the guy hadn’t been so intent on ‘harvesting’ call signs, I’m sure I could have dropped the power to 1W or less to meet the 1000mile/W criteria! Thanks for your suggestions and links – I’m researching them. 73, Rob MW0DNK

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Rob, the 817 is a great rig and I too have had the Miracle whip antenna and did great things with it. Congrats on working the Ukraine station with just more or less an in door whip antenna. Next time try dropping the power and raise it up by 1 watt at a time that is what I do. It may take more time to make the contact but it sure does feel great to make that contact with the least amount of power. Enjoy the links and if you have any questions please email me at [email protected] and I will be more that happy to help out.

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