WB3T - QRP
Bob Woish - Conshohocken, PA
QRP Since 1975 (Formerly WB3BBT / WR3K)
Rooster #1224 - Straight Key Century Club #2913
QRP Amateur Radio Club International #8090
East Coast Amateur Radio Club (ECARS) #30438
Flying Pigs QRP #2422
NAQCC Member #5365
G-QRP Club #14087
NorCal QRP Club
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Page Last Updated 11/5/14
Yours truly at a QRP-To-Go outing in 2008.
Operating the "QRP to the Field" event - April 24, 2010. I brought along my SW Plus rigs for 20, 30, and 40 meters. I made nine stateside and DX contacts on 20 and 40 using a 3-band trap dipole up 20 feet. I wanted to get exact SWR data on the antenna, and it measured 1.3:1 or better across the CW portions of all three bands, so the internal SWR indicators will be sufficient in the future and the SWR meter can stay home. I most enjoyed sitting back with the blue 40 meter handheld rig (see "Monobanders").
It was a perfect day to be outdoors.
All equipment was erected temporarily and independent of fixed station gear for this perfect April day. Here I am just about to work into Scotland, Russia, Ecuador, and Norway using the Wilderness Sierra (pictured) and later the Elecraft K1 and K2, all under 5 Watts. Just for sport I turned down to QRPp levels and worked Bosnia with only 800 mW with the K1. Of course, plenty of stateside "QRP TTF" stations were worked as well. The antenna was a 26-foot radiator with 18-foot counterpoise supported by a telescoping fiberglass mast (below right) bungeed to a steel pipe pounded two feet into the ground. The MFJ-971 portable tuner loaded up the antenna on all HF bands. The antenna took about 10 minutes to put up. The whole station was up and running, canopy and all, in about an hour. Can't wait until the next QRP event!
The Sierra Ready for Action.
The low-noise receiver section and ABX control make this radio the weapon of choice for digging out QRP signals.
The 26/18 Quick-Deploy Antenna Reaching for the Moon!
Working into Europe on 800 mW tells me I have finally figured out a multiband portable antenna that is easy to transport, goes up quickly, and works great!
2012 QRP to the Field Event, "Yard Portable!"
Yard Camping - My Portable QTH
Interior View with Elecraft K1, K2, and Wilderness Sierra.
QRP To The Field Day - May 3, 2014
As you can see from this page, this event is one of my favorites every year. The weather once again was perfect, and the QRP fish were biting all day! This equipment lineup worked so well for me the last few years (see below for the description) I stuck to the tried and true. The Wilderness Sierra is the brain center of this very nice portable station.
"What, again with the radios???"
QRM IN THE SHACK?
Quick-Deploy 20 Meter Field Station
This is an MFJ Cub with direct-connect 20 meter dipole made of #24 speaker wire. Power is supplied by 8 AA batteries enclosed in a fused plastic case. The whole works fits into a small lunch bag and deploys in only 2-1/2 minutes, including antenna. SWR is adjusted by extending or winding up a bit of the ends of the wire dipole, measured by an LED-type SWR indicator, until the LED goes out. On its first outing, I made two contacts to NC and OH using 400 mW and 1.5W respectively in under a half hour. Everything packed away even more quickly - 1 minute 34 seconds. This setup proves that an antenna does not necessarily need to be up high in order to be a reasonable radiator.
Average Output Power - 950 mW. Average antenna height - 5 feet. Average QSO - 18 minutes.