[VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class

curtis roseman croseman at usc.edu
Sun Aug 20 20:19:08 EDT 2006


I agree with K0NR regarding the goals of running QRP.   It can be fun, challenging, adventurous, economical, and a lot of other things.  

I would not support a QRP category for home stations in the ARRL contests.  (We do have a QRP category that includes home stations, by the way, in the CQWW VHF Contest.)    We do not need another entry category--the competition is already spread thin because of the many categories, and with the current set we have a variety of opportunities for anyone to participate.  The current ARRL Single Operator Portable [QRP] category is good because it emphasizes getting out into the field; and many of us can do it with relatively simple equipment and antennas.   

73, Curt Roseman k9aks

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Embry (K3OQ)" <jeffrey.embry at gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2006 11:42 am
Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class
To: Bob Witte K0NR <list at k0nr.com>
Cc: vhfcontesting at contesting.com

> I would love to see a QRP category for home stations.  This is the 
> way I 
> operated the last two years.  Having played rover for a couple of 
> times, 
> I don't have the inclination nor desire to do the portable 
> thing...but 
> am quite happy running QRP from home.
> I doubt that it will ever happen...but would be nice to see.
> 72,
> -- 
> Jeff Embry, K3OQ

> Bob Witte K0NR wrote:
> >Someone wrote:
> >  
> >

> >>ku4bp at triad.rr.com writes:
> >>
> >><<  From reading the rules, looks like 10 watts PEP or
> >> less, portable power source and portable antennas = portable 
> operator class. 
> >>  
> >>
> >>Unless you're out to win a plaque I'd run all the power you can. 
> Go 100 watts 
> >>or better on 6 and 2. No sense suffering.
> >>
> >>:^]
> >>
> >>John K9RZZ
> >>  
> >>    
> >>
> >It depends on your objective and personal preferences. I agree 
> that 
> >having 100W (or more!) will get you more contacts and grids. On 
> the 
> >other hand, I've had a really good time doing the QRP (I mean, 
> Single 
> >Operator Portable) approach.
> >
> >Why would you want to do QRP?....there are several different answers:
> >  - just because (that old QRP "what can I do on low power?" 
> challenge)>  - with the ARRL rules, it puts you in competition with 
> other portable 
> >stations (only), not the big stations at home
> >  - simplifies the portable power issue (smaller battery, etc.)
> >  - you can go "backpack portable" and hike to a great spot
> >
> >Your mileage may vary. Personal preference applies. Just be sure 
> to have 
> >fun!
> >
> >Note that there is a VHFQRP list on yahoo groups:
> >http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vhfqrp/
> >
> >73, Bob K0NR
> >

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