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  1. QRP For the Modern Age Eric Falkof, K1NUN For the North Shore Radio Association, 08-Apr-2006

  2. Sixty Years of QRP History in One Slide! • Once radio “happened,” it was big! But Hams (and others) wanted it small. • “Compaction” began, and in the 50s, we began to see transceivers • Then TenTec opened the gates to the modern era

  3. Transceivers helped with compaction • Collins KWM-1: the first transceiver and 175 W (1955ish) • Cosmophone (UK); 35, 50, and 1000 W (1957ish) • Gonset G-76: 100 W AM (1959) • Ten-Tec Powermites: 2 W (1966ish) • Heath HW-7: 3 W (1972)

  4. So, what is QRP? • > 100 W • > 10 W • > 5 W • > 1 W

  5. Today’s QRP Collection And they just keep coming…!

  6. Let’s get right to it…

  7. The Watering Holes

  8. Excitement! • Contests: 28 contests or events between March 9 and April 9 this year. DX, all modes. 40 METER FOXHUNT - Each Friday 0200z to 0329z(Thurs 9 PM to 10:29 PM EST)(Ends Mar 9)Info: http://www.qrpfoxhunt.orgPesky Texan Armadillo Chase (CW) *** QRP Contest ***Mar 9, 0230z to 0400zRules: http://www.w5nc.org/ptac/default.htmIdaho QSO Party (Ph/CW/Dig) ... QRP CategoryMar 11, 1300z to Mar 12, 0100z andMar 12, 1300z to Mar 13, 0100z Rules: http://www.ida.net/users/k0ip/parc/old_newsletters/Idaho_QSO.htmOklahoma QSO Party (CW/Digital/Phone) ... QRP CategoryMar 11, 1400z to Mar 12, 0200z andMar 12, 1400z to Mar 12, 2000zRules: http://okdxa.orgAGCW QRP Contest (CW) ... QRP/QRPp CategoryMar 11, 1400z to 2000zRules: http://www.agcw.org/agcw-con/2006/Englisch/agcw_qrp_e.htmElecraft QSO Party (CW/SSB/Dig) ...QRP CategoryMar 11, 1500z to Mar 12, 1500zRules: http://www.elecraft.comSecond Class Operator's Club Marathon Sprint (CW) .. QRP Contest!Mar 11, 1800z to 2400zRules: http://www.qsl.net/soc/contests.htmNorth American Sprint (RTTY) ... QRP CategoryMar 12, 0000z to 0400zRules: http://www.ncjweb.com/sprintrules.phpUBA (Belgian) Spring Contest (CW-80m) ... QRP CategoryMar 12, 0700z to 1100zRules: http://www.uba.be/hf_contests/rules_en.html#Wisconsin QSO Party (CW/SSB)...QRP CategoryMar 12, 1800z to Mar 13, 0100zRules: http://www.warac.org/index.htmNAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint *** QRP CONTEST! ***EST: Mar 15, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PMUTC: Mar 16, 0130z to 0330zRules: http://www.arm-tek.net/~yoel/contests.htmlTen-Ten Mobile QSO Party (CW/SSB) ... QRP CategoryMar 18, 0001z to 2359zRules: http://www.ten-ten.org/calendar.htmlBARTG Spring RTTY Contest Mar 18, 0200z to Mar 20, 0200zRules: http://www.bartg.demon.co.uk/Contests/06_rules.htmRussian DX Contest (SSB/CW) ... QRP CategoryMar 18, 1200z to Mar 19, 1200zRules: http://www.rdxc.org/rulesg.aspAGCW VHF/UHF Contest (CW) ... QRP CategoryMar 18, 1600z to 2100zRules: http://www.agcw.org/agcw-con/2006/Englisch/agcw-dl0_e.htmVirginia QSO Party (CW/SSB/Dig) ... QRP CategoryMar 18, 1800z to Mar 20, 0200zRules: http://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party/2006_VQP_Rules.htmlRUN FOR THE BACON (CW) *** QRP CONTEST ***EST: Mar 19, 9 PM to 11 PMUTC: Mar 20, 0200z 0400zRules: http://fpqrp.comAtlanticonMar 24 - 25Info: http://www.njqrp.org/CQ World-Wide WPX Contest (SSB) ... QRP CategoryMar 25, 0000z to Mar 26, 2359zRules: http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/awards.htmlSpring QRP Homebrewer Sprint (CW/PSK31) ... QRP Contest!!!!Mar 27, 0000z to 0400z(Sunday Mar 26, 7PM to 11PM EST)Rules: http://www.njqrp.org/data/qrphomebrewersprint.html QRP BARBERSHOP QUARTET CONTEST (CW QRP)... QRP Contest!Mar 29, 9 PM to 11 PM EST Rules: http://www.io.com/~n5fc/barbershop_contest.htmSP DX Contest (CW/SSB) ... QRP CategoryApr 1, 1500z to Apr 2, 1500zRules: http://www.contest.spdxc.org.pl/reg/reg_g.htmlEA RTTY ContestApr 1, 1600z to Apr 2, 1600zRules: http://www.rttycontesting.com/rules/earttyrules2006.pdfMissouri QSO Party (ALL) Apr 1, 1800z to Apr 2, 0500z Apr 2, 1800z to Apr 2, 2400zRules: http://www.qsl.net/w0ma/contests.htmARS Spartan Sprint (CW) ... QRP Contest!!Apr 4, 0100z to 0300z (First Monday 9 PM EDT)Rules: http://www.arsqrp.com/QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party (CW) ......QRP Contest!!!Apr 8, 1200z to Apr 9, 2400zRules: http://www.qrparci.orgGeorgia QSO Party (CW/SSB) ... QRP CategoryApr 8, 1800z to Apr 9, 0359zApr 9, 1400z to Apr 9, 2359z Rules: http://gqp.contesting.comUBA Spring Sprint (80m SSB) ... QRP Entries NotedApr 9, 0600z to 1000zRules: http://www.uba.be/hf_contests/rules_en.html# QRP-specific: Sprints, Spartan Sprint (distinct from Heavy Metal!), Flight of the Bumblebees, Fox & Hounds, Barbershop

  9. Where can I find more? Online BaconBits NewsLetters http://www.mpna.com/fpqrp/news.html Adventure Radio Society’s Sojourner http://www.natworld.com/ars/pages/back_issues/2002_ text/0302_text/0302_one.html Digital QRP Homebrewing http://www.njqrp.org/digitalhomebrewing/index.html Print QRP Homebrewer http://www.njqrp.org/data/qrp_homebrewer.html QRP Quarterly http://www.qsl.net/wd8rif/qq_arci.htm QRPp http://www.fix.net/~jparker/qrpps.html And QRP columns in QST, CQ, Worldradio, and others in the US and abroad.

  10. My Show & Tell • Transceivers: • Knight SMiTe 40 m CW transceiver $10 • Small Wonder Labs DSW-40 40 m CW Transceiver $95 (case $35) • Small Wonder Labs RockMite 40 m CW transceiver $25 • Transmitters and receivers: • Home brew Columbus (OH) QRP Club MRX40 40 m receiver $20 • Test Equipment: • SQRPion Stinger Singer frequency counter $20 • VE3NL Marker/Generator $12 • NoGA (Northern Georgia ) QRP Power Meter $20 • NorCal FCC-1 frequency counter $25 • Tenna-Dipper SWR analyzer $25 • Accessories: • P-TiCK Keyer, with paddle $10 • NJQRP Balanced Line Tuner $25 • Total: $357

  11. Promise of the Future… Software Defined Radios • What is a SDR? • Hardware is minimal, software is king. • Soundcard technology evolving further for receiver image detection and demodulation. • Evolution of softrock, from $15 with narrow slice of 40m, now two-bands only $15. • Transceiver in development!

  12. SOFTWARE A real quick primer about Digital Signal Processing (DSP)… … and the omnipresent waterfall display

  13. The New Realm

  14. How do you control a radio the size of a stick of gum?

  15. Significant Processing Power

  16. Where do YOU think it will go? The future has no end… But this presentation does!