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[TenTec] QRO, QRP and Courtesy

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Subject: [TenTec] QRO, QRP and Courtesy
From: Pparker@greatbasin.net (Jack Parker)
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 10:02:59 -0700
At 12:08 PM 4/23/98 -0400, you wrote:
>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.


If I may suggest, sir, that if you reply to a station with substandard
signal strength you are implying a willingness to make the effort to
establish communications *under those circumstances*! When the QRP station
called you he/she would have *no way* to ascertain his/her signal strength
at your location and, therefore, *you* must be the judge of whether you are
willing to make the QSO work.

Over the years I have worked tropo-scatter, meteor-scatter and EME...there
are *many* instances when I wished for the luxury of a 239 signal!


Jack Parker, W7PW
10-10 #28279; QRP-L #1310; 10GHz VUCC #3 (QRPp); 50MHz WAS (QRP); SMIRK
#3335; ARRL Life Member; Grid Square DM09jo

Immediate past-president: Astronomical Society of Nevada; Member:
Astronomical Society of the Pacific; Member: North Texas Microwave Society;
Associate Member: University of Nevada Radio Club (Radio Pack)

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