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Old 12-06-2007, 10:55 PM   #1
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I have been thinking about trying QRP, and will be building a QRP transceiver. Sounds like it might be fun, and CW would be the easiest mode to do. I tried to copy some CW the other day and I'm a little rusty so I will need to do some practicing. I guess by the time I get a radio built and my CW speed up maybe we might have sun spot or two.
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Old 12-07-2007, 06:24 AM   #2
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I'm trying. I still can't get my QRP kit to work so I ordered the ARRL QRP package with their QRP book and the MFJ Cub. It's been two months and I'm hoping I get it before we leave for our Christmas sojourn. Fiddling around with that is a whole lot more fun than sitting around listening to my in laws.

By the way anitgotnun, QRP is Q code for low power; less than 5 watts.
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:13 PM   #3
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If everyone keeps talking about QRP, I will just have to go dig out my old "tuna can" 40m cw rig I built back in the early 70's. Yes it's built into a tuna can. It was a feature article done by a ARRL staffer way back then.
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Old 12-08-2007, 01:55 PM   #4
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Like this one?

Credit: http://blog.makezine.com/

You know a few years ago they guy who designed the original "tuna can" found the original tuna can transmitter in a junk box at a hamfest. Gave $5 for it. The write up about it was in QST
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:14 AM   #5
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Well that one is just a whole bunch fancier than the one I built. (Nice art work.) But it appears to be the same general configuration. I'm really surprised some one else remembered them or even had a picture.
Now I will have to go out and start digging in the boxes of well preserved items (also known as junk box items) for mine.
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Old 12-09-2007, 06:20 AM   #6
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I thought my XYL knew nothing about ham radios except that they must cost too much. So last week I looked in the trunk of her car and discovered a plastic bag with thirty or so mint condition Altoid cans. I know better than to ask her what they are for.

Who knows- maybe she been reading up on QRP, learned how to solder, and is going to surprise me at Christmas. She'll probably have better luck than me in getting one
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:37 AM   #7
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You know a few years ago they guy who designed the original "tuna can" found the original tuna can transmitter in a junk box at a hamfest. Gave $5 for it. The write up about it was in QST
Very cool I would give $5 too. I think I still have the QST mags that have the article in it. I also remember a transmitter called the Sardine sender about the same time peroid.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:07 PM   #8
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Not intentionally, but when you use shortened portable antennas, you end up that way.[grin]

I don't speak code, so for me QRP operation is not quite as satisfying as it can be - I'm sure that if I ever learn, I will find QRP much more interesting. I have operated with an SGC SG-2020 which boasts 20 watts on SSB.
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I don't speak code, so for me QRP operation is not quite as satisfying as it can be........
I used to speak code, but didn't stick with it, so it left me, just like the 2 years of German I took in High School
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