Recently I purchased the following book from the WIA Library…..
‘Low Power Communication. The Art and Science of QRP”.
I am only half way through reading it, but this book is highly recommended. It contains some terrific information and tips on QRP operation, not just for portable enthusiasts, but for Foundation calls as well.
The book includes the following…..
- Tips to Get You Started the Right Way
An introduction to QRP operating, FAQs for newbies and tips that even experienced amateurs will appreciate.
- Equipment and Station Accessories
Off-the-shelf commercial gear, kit building and homebrew, including an all-new homebrew photo gallery.
- Antennas for QRP – Updated and Expanded!
Wire beams, loops, dipoles, portable antennas and a look at the author’s new stealth antenna design.
- Operating Strategies
Contesting, awards and advanced techniques for becoming a successful QRP operator.
- Emergency Communication
Training, planning and other factors for utilizing low-power gear during an emergency.
- HF Propagation for the QPRer
NEW! An authoritative look at likely propagation conditions for Solar Cycle 24.
- Plus, QRP calling frequencies, manufacturers…and much more!
The other day I heard someone commenting on air as to how stupid it was that Foundation calls used just 10 watts. All I can say to that is that SOTA, the KRMNPA, the VK5 Parks Award, etc, have all recently shown what can be done with a lot less than 10 watts. For me its all about knowing the band conditions, timing your calls, and antenna…antenna….antenna.