QRP operation is considered using power levels of 5 watts or less CW and 10 watts or less SSB.

I like weak signals

Do more with less...QRP

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

QRP total off the grid field day

 QRP, stealth battery only field day emergency communications operation/drill
Wire antennas, paper logging.
1 CW Station, 1 Phone station.
All participants wear, tan, brown, green or camo clothing
All participants to have personal survival gear with them at this drill. (ie:bug out bag)
Station area to be covert /stealth / hidden with camo tarp or netting.
Food to be MRE's, water, cooler items.
Location will only be disclosed to participants.

In a real incident, its possible the public will panic, mob, rush, and otherwise disrupt any known communications effort. Government officals could confiscate known e-comm teams and equipment for various reasons.

Being undercover, clandestine,  and stealth is the best way to survive, pass traffic, and stay connected and informed of whats happening inside and outside the affected area. A stealth comm's center will better avoid chaos.  

If you are a prepper, survivalist, this type of exercise will be more like what will really take place and be needed.

This will not be the sit around the grill, BS, welcome center, public proclamation type site.

Operators will use 5 watts with wire antennas, and attempt to contact as many sections as possible using battery power, solar, or wind. No noise producing generators will be used.

Are you in ?
Are you an amateur radio operator ?
Do you have a preparedness/survivalist interest ?
Will you wear earthy or camo clothing during this drill ?
Will you keep on your person, personal protection, and have a bug out bag/backpack on site ?
Not disclose to anyone the site location ?

This drill will take place June 24-25th.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Post Hamvention Comments

Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, Hamvention 2017 was an 8, 8.5
The rain really kept the rating from being a 9, 9.5

Too much grass, field usage makes weather a huge factor for Greene Co. Fairgrounds

Meeting old friends, making new ones is the Highlight of the weekend.
Seeing new equipment, and finding all the small parts needed for projects was a plus too.

I hope you enjoyed Hamvention. Remember to find and attend any local hamfest events in your area.

Monday, May 15, 2017

magazines periodicals and a ssb/cw kit

A local ham recently gave me 3 boxes of QRP magazines, periodicals, and handbooks.
What a treasure. I plan to share these at our meet ups and tech sessions.

Also  received a MMR 40, ssb/cw kit from the famous Hendricks kits.
whenever this project makes it to the workbench, it will be my first attempt at
building a ssb rig.

I hope everyone who can attend Hamvention does so, and will give DARA,
and your fellow hams patience as we discover and fellowship at the new
venue. It being a new location, will bring issues, good and maybe not so

don't forget FDIM in Fairborn, SWODXA dinner Downtown Dayton,
Contest University, and countless other off site activities.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tech session/group kit build June 3rd

CincinnatiQRP will host a tech session on June 3rd.
10am, til..... @ FFTWP PD downstairs classroom.

The kit is called a cricket. Its a newly designed and released
80m, cw only, single frequency, 1/2 watt rig.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New (to me) HF Vertical antenna

Yesterday I bought and picked up an antenna from a fellow SWODXA member.
Its a like new Cushcraft MA8040v, 2 band top loaded vertical.
The tried and true HF2V, was very old and still not right after the tree trimmers dropped limbs on it last year.

Most of the top hat resonator section was left assembled. I measured and installed it yesterday.
Dip on 40 is around 6.800 and on 80 around 3.700
Today Im going to adjust some measurements and try to get it closer to the lower end of both bands for cw/digital work.
A web page about the antenna is here : MA8040V

Friday, April 28, 2017

local radio group kit build right after hamvention

There are 2 great kit builds available and they would be excellent choices for new builders.
First is a solder practice kit pictured below.

Second and more exciting for me will be a neat little rig called a "cricket".
Its a cw , 1/2w, 80m kit with everything needed except a 9v battery and antenna.

Once these kits are made, I will plan, then schedule a net for our group... so we can use these little transceivers. For our morse code newbies, just sending your call slowly during check in will be easy to learn. (or building an auto keyer to mate with the kit)!

These kits are made possible by the great folks a 4SQRP.
check out the web site....(click link below)

4 State QRP Group

this is the cricket....
this is the solder practice kit.....

Saturday, April 22, 2017

hybernation/sleep mode over

Hello Fellow QRP'ers
After a long time of no activity here on Cincinnati QRP, Ive wiped away the log in and password dust to reactivate this blog.
I hope those who read this, if anyone, get some benefit from the postings.

Band conditions as they are, QRP operating now requires more patience, fortitude, and effort.

As I type this, the "QRP To The Field" operating event is in progress. I have considered participating, but its cool and wet here today, and suggested locations are near creeks and rivers. Not the highest locations to operate ! hi. I would use an FT817 with an End Fed for 20/40m.

Also look for the 4SQRP group to offer a new kit soon. Its called a cricket. I may try to get several local radio group members to consider a build a thon once they become available.

I now hope to find time to do some QRP operating. Ive not been on HF for some time.
If that's true for you, I hope you will commit a little time this weekend to play radio.

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