Because I receive so many tips from readers here on QRPer, I wanted way to share them in a concise newsletter format. To that end, welcome to QRPer Notes, a collection of links to interesting stories and tips making waves in the world of radio!
Field Antenna Survey
I’ve let the survey run for about 3 days on the POTA Facebook group. Sample size was 658 votes. I opted to do a “type” survey and not by manufacturer.
- End Fed Half-wave: 25%.
- Shortened vertical with loading coil: 20%.
- Full-size vertical antenna / Hamstick style vertical with helical coil:12% each.
- Full-size dipole/doublet, etc.: 10%.
- End Fed Random Wire: 9%.
- Screwdriver motorized coil antenna: 3%
- Something tossed in tree and just hoped it would work: 2%
Remaining obscure types cut-off below 2% accounted for 7%.
Again, like the poll I conducted previously on radio types, not surprised by the No. 1 spot.
What DID surprise me was #7: I put that selection in the poll types as a joke but 2% of hams throw a wire up in a tree or other support with no forethought and hope it works.
Many thanks to Terry (N7TB) who shares the following tip:
I was looking at your post re: the Pico Paddle.
I have both the single and double Pico paddle and the KX3 mount. After watching you hand hold your paddles, I came up with a way to make small paddles easier to hold. I have attached a photo. It is a small piece of 3/8 ID pipe insulation to make holding the Pico paddle easier.
Have a great trip to Hamvention.
QRP Radios from the 70s and 80s
Many thanks to Ron (W6AZ) who shares the following video from Mikrowave1 on YouTube:
You asked for it! Here is the birth of QRP and a whack at revealing the top 10 QRP Homebrew Projects and Commercial Radios that started it all. What is all the fuss about low power?