Category Archives: QRP

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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LNR Precision introduces the FX-4: a four band CW/SSB transceiver

I saw a prototype of the FX-4 at the Dayton Hamvention this year. Initial impressions are that it is well-built and easily back-packable. I will see about reviewing the LNR FX-4 after they become available. Many thanks to Chris (K4RCH) … Continue reading

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A review of the Elecraft KX3 on The SWLing Post

Many of you know that I’m not only into QRP, but I’m an avid shortwave radio listener, as well. If you’re an SWLer, too, you might might consider venturing over to my shortwave radio blog, The SWLing Post, where I just published … Continue reading

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This Sunday: the first annual SYBO QRP contest

This Sunday (July 14, 2013) from 16:00-22:00 UTC, grab your QRP rig and head for the outdoors in the new SYBO (Scorch Your Butt Off) contest. According to the SYBO website, this contest is all about operating in hot weather … Continue reading

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Hamvention: Tokyo Hy-Power’s XT-751 5W HF HT

I was very surprised to find this handy talkie, the Tokyo Hy-Power XT-751 HF handheld transceiver, at the Dayton Hamvention. This radio will cover from 40 meters to 6 meters in both SSB and CW. It will also have an … Continue reading

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Hamvention: Palstar announces the TR-30

I was more than surprised to find Palstar showcasing a transceiver at the 2013 Hamvention. Palstar is well-known for their tuners and their receiver, the R30A, but they have never sold a transceiver to my knowledge. As you can see … Continue reading

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TEN-TEC Introduces the Model 506 Rebel: an open-source QRP transceiver

Today, at the QRP ARCI convention–Four Days In May–TEN-TEC will announce a new QRP transceiver based upon a completely different platform than any others rigs they have in production: a QRP radio, built on the chipKIT™ Uno32™ (Arduino-based software) to … Continue reading

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Four Days In May: A look back at FDIM 2012…

One of the highlights of my trip to the Dayton Hamvention last year was attending evenings at Four Days in May (FDIM), a QRP convention sponsored by the QRP ARCI that rather conveniently coincides with the Dayton Hamvention, which I try to … 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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