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July & August QRP Field Operating Events

Over the next thirty days there are three QRP field operating events to take part in. This coming Sunday, July 13,  is the second annual Scorch Your Butt Off event. This six-hour event is like the more familiar wintertime Freeze Your B___ Off event except … Continue reading

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Once in while…

… one hears behavior on the air that reminds one that courtesy can still, occasionally, be heard on the HF bands. I’ve made it a goal this year to earn a Worked All States (WAS) certificate working only the ARRL … Continue reading

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April 18 is World Radio Day

Friday, April 18, is the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) “World Radio Day”. The theme for World Radio Day 2014 is “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communication”. World Radio Day is celebrated each year on April 18 to recognize … Continue reading

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A KX3 Build

I recently built an Elecraft KX3 kit and took photographs of the process as I went along. Your host of QRPer.com, K4SWL, thought others would benefit from seeing how simple the process of building a KX3 really is. My thoughts … Continue reading

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A New Field Event — “Peanut Power Sprint”

The North GA QRP Club gang have added a new annual field event to the amateur radio contest calendar–a field event with an unusual twist. The Peanut Power Sprint is this Sunday, September 29, 2013, from 2000Z to 2200Z. What’s unusual … Continue reading

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ARRL 10 Meter Contest

When the band is open, 10 meters is the band for QRP DXing–great DX can be worked with very low power and very modest antennas. The entire world congregates on 10 meters on the second full weekend of December for … Continue reading

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A Few Hours in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest

I was able to spend about three hours participating in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest this past weekend. I operated CW-only, using my Elecraft K2 running 5-watts, and my primary antenna was my low 195′ Inverted-L tuned with an LDG … Continue reading

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Upcoming “Top Band” Events

Winter is the time to operate on 160-meters. Within the next six weeks we find not one, not two, but three 160-meter contests. November 29, 2012 (0000-0600 UTC ): QRP ARCI Top Band Sprint (rules) — note that this the … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event — 2012 QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party

This coming weekend is the 2012 QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party, one of the  most popular contests of the QRP calendar. This year, new entry categories are based on the antenna used; those participating with a simple wire antenna or … Continue reading

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New England QRP Club “QRP Afield” this Saturday!

This coming Saturday, the 15th, is the third Saturday of September and that means it’s time for the New England QRP Club’s annual QRP Afield event! http://newenglandqrp.org/afield QRP Afield is one of the best QRP field events in the calendar. Hit … Continue reading

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