At the moment enjoying the Hamradio-activity again after several moves i simply did not take the equipment out of the moving boxes, untill somewhere begin 2010 when junior asked what was still laying in all those boxes
Many times together with my twelve year old son Rik who seems to be infected with the Hamvirus already, and is making his first steps onto the Hamradio experience under the watchfull eye of his father also
Using a minimal setup at the moment and in SSB i use a max. 25 watts output power. Main Hf rig is/was a Kenwood TS-690S. When i am in QRP-Mood only 5 watts, which is great fun also to make the call with less All digimodes & CW contacts i make with 5 watts or less, still amazed by them and their possibilities with QRP.
And since 08-2013 we have a real QRP transceiver, the Flex 1500 SDR radio has arrived in our shack !
To be honest, i think boxes wit a lot of knobs dont have a long operational life left, When this tiny SDR came along the Kenwood was used less and less and even the most used (power/volume) knobs are covered in a layer of dust overhere rightnow
Some other and also nice discussion: Is life to short for QRP ?
Why QRP makes sense, well lets see some numbers i've found at the ve3hg weblog.
Power vs. S-Units (just a mathematical example)
S-Meter Reading vs Required Power In Watts
s-9 = 100
S-8 = 25
S-7 = 6.50
S-6 = 1.56
S-5 = .39 (Note: That’s 390 milliwatts of power.)
Jeeh Whizz, i must be very loud with my 5 watt at the maximum output
NOTE : When i try to make CW i appologise for my very bad CW, my skills are still bad and the old key is rather dirty on the contacts.
Currently i am testing the Mk 2 of a homemade HY Endfed 3 bander, which i could place in my garden, The first qso's with it seemed more then hopefull. Antenna works well without tuning and an acceptable SWR on the 40, 20 and Ten meter band now, it is at about 5 meters height in my garden, in a south-north direction more or less.
Schematics of it borrowed from another dutch site, there are many, many different solutions, lengths may vary slightley on used wire / coil material
My other hobby was restoring and maintenance of (vintage) sailplanes, in which i was allowed to fly as a certified pilot too.The sailplane on my e-QSL is from 1960, has started > 46.000 times in her life and after the last restauration it still flies perfectly well.
Swl since 1979, licensed since 1986.
Some of my Eqsl collection is online now, you can look if you already exist there with this linkbutton now.
WX prediction overhere for the next three days in my backyard : Source = www.yr.no
No More WX of this location on the CWOP pages, where the same data was sent constantly. (did some maintenance at the WX station, blew up my Windmeter , too close to the dipoles repositioned it and used some nice amidon stuff now, it did suffer quite a bit and is beyound repair, if anynone has an old ws2300 laying around i would be glad )
My recent radioactvity
QSL Preferred Electronic, Save tree's use Eqsl, Hrdlog, and i use LOTW upload on a weekly base, Or in paper via my manager Pa2mb.
73's Peter ( & qrp Rik)
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