Category Archives: QRP

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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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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Ten-Tec holiday specials include QRP kits

Ten-Tec is discounting their 1380 and 1330 QRP kits for the holiday season. They’ve also extended their discount on the R4030 QRP tranceiver (details below). (Source: Ten-Tec) The 1380 and 1330 QRP transceiver kits, which are regularly priced at $124.00, … 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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Video: See a prototype Begali Adventurer in action aboard the USS Slater

This video features operations of the QRP DE-Xpedition aboard the USS Slater.  Among other innovations, they show a protoype Begali Adventurer in action.  The Adventurer is a miniature set of paddles which attaches to portable QRP rigs like the new Elecraft KX3.

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Author interview: Dennis Blanchard’s (K1YPP) “Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail”

This year, at the Four Days in May (FDiM) Dayton QRP gathering, I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis Blanchard (K1YPP) and his wife, Jane, as Blanchard signed copies of his book, Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the … Continue reading

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