[VHFcontesting] question about portable operator class

Jeff Embry (K3OQ) jeffrey.embry at gmail.com
Sun Aug 20 21:00:34 EDT 2006


Truth be told, I really don't care whether they do or not have a QRP 
category in ARRL contests for home stations.  I am sure there are also 
cost involved in adding categories.    I chose to run QRP because I want 
to, and I also use attic antennae through 70 cms while doing this.    I 
am not chasing wallpaper, but do enjoy the challenge and sometime you 
get that bit of DX that really makes it worth it.  It is just that after 
trying roving when it first started, I really don't have any desire to 
go out and set up antennae for a 6 hour effort.  I just didn't enjoy 
that aspect.  I do enjoy camping and hiking with my KX-1, ro ATS3, but 
do not get the same enjoyment at VHF/UHF bands.  I still submit my logs 
and still look forward to the results.  I just wish there was a way I 
could truly compare my effort with other stations in other parts of the 
country.  Either way I am still having fun.

Jeff Embry, K3OQ
ARCI #11643
FPQRP #-696

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curtis roseman wrote:

>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.   

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