QRO means, "please increase your power."
QRP means, "please decrease your power."
We believe ourselves to be gentlemen (and ladies).
If a person said to me, "I am hard of hearing, could you speak up?" it
would be RUDE to continue to whisper. If I answer your 100 watt CQ with
5 watts and you give me a 239 report, then I know it is you who are
straining to make the circuit possible. If you send QRO and I cannot,
then courtesy would seem to dictate that I bow out gracefully.
So I call CQ at my typical 50 or 100 watt output and get some
dyed-in-the-wool QRP operator. Ask him to QRO and he takes it
personally -- geez. My suggestion to such folks is to call your own
darn CQ. Take the challenge of QRP yourself, instead of subjecting
others to it.
By the way, these days I am running one of two Argosy rigs, usually at
50 watts. Sometimes, I will switch to 5 watts if the other fellow is
running that power. But I can go to 500 with the flip of a switch, too.
I am not opposed to low power operation. Guys (and gals), please use
your heads with this QRP stuff, for what may be your fun may be at
Regards, Mike N4NT@bigfoot.com
Michael O. Hyder, Esq.
401 E Holston Ave
Johnson City TN 37601-4009
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