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Joe

Joe Papworth, K8MP

Howdy from Joe’s Place!

“Two for the price of one”

The greatest QRP story of all time (Well, the greatest one I know of) and a Joe’s Place mash- up of Day Dream Believer Let me set this up for you. One afternoon, I was In the midst of a CW ragchew on 40 meters. It was nothing special. The other station was over in PA somewhere. I don’t remember why but for some reason I decided to switch over to my J-38 straight key. Perhaps the other guy was using a straight key and I wanted to level the playing field. I do that once in a while if the other guy is sending slowly. So I plugged in the J-38 while the other station was making his transmission. I thought I should check the contact spacing so I turned the transceiver output down to zero so I could tap on the key a few times without interrupting the guy who happened to running QSK (AKA “Full break-in”) A word of explanation here: QSK operation is a feature that instantaneously switches your transceiver back to receive when you unkey the rig. You can hear any activity on your frequency in between your dits and dahs. I use it 100% of the time. It’s most valuable when trying to crack a pileup or in a contest. A friend of mine who operates almost exclusively SSB asked me what the benefit of QSK CW is. I answered in terms he could understand. “Have you ever ‘doubled’ with another station on SSB?” “Of course, all of us have”, he said. So I explained to him how QSK CW prevents that. Anyway, I tapped on the key a few times to check the spacing. My Companion-in-QSO paused his sending, thinking we had a breaker on freq. (That’s why they call it full break-in). When I realized he paused because he heard me, I was flabbergasted. “You actually heard that?”, I asked. He simply replied, “569”. I have no idea how much power I was putting out. I had two watt meters in use, one in the rig and one in the tuner and neither needle was budging off its peg. I’m guessing the output was in the one or two tenths of a watt range. It made a QRP believer out of me. Hey, that gives me an idea for a future Ham Radio Rock and Roll song, (“QRP Believer”, courtesy of The Monkeys and The Bee Gees) Well, I guess The future is now as NFL Coach George Allen used to say, so here goes… When you’re out of material, you Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome! “Please excuse the crudity of this hastily thrown together rendition of “QRP Believer”. "QRP Believer" (“Day Dream Believer”, The Monkeys, The Bee Gees, Anne Murray, and others, including John Stewart of The Kingston Trio, who actually wrote it) Oh, I could hide 'neath the eaves With a stealth antenna, Jeeves The HOA alarm might never ring But it rings and I rise Tear drops running from my eyes My favorite rig’s now cold and it stings Cheer up, silent Ham You must do what you can A QRP believer And HOAs be damned You once thought of me As a white knight on his steed Now I know 5 watts is all I need And my QSOs start and end Solid copy, my dear friends So how much power do we really need? Cheer up, silent Ham You must do what you can A QRP believer And HOAs be damned Cheer up, silent Ham You must do what you can A QRP believer And HOAs be damned… I hope to see you all at the meeting and in The Ohio QSO Party. If not, then at Joe’s Place in September. And now I can say, “Been there, done that!”
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Joe

Joe Papworth, K8MP

Howdy from Joe’s Place!

“Two for the price of one”

The greatest QRP story of all time (Well, the greatest one I know of) and a Joe’s Place mash-up of Day Dream Believer Let me set this up for you. One afternoon, I was In the midst of a CW ragchew on 40 meters. It was nothing special. The other station was over in PA somewhere. I don’t remember why but for some reason I decided to switch over to my J-38 straight key. Perhaps the other guy was using a straight key and I wanted to level the playing field. I do that once in a while if the other guy is sending slowly. So I plugged in the J-38 while the other station was making his transmission. I thought I should check the contact spacing so I turned the transceiver output down to zero so I could tap on the key a few times without interrupting the guy who happened to running QSK (AKA “Full break-in”) A word of explanation here: QSK operation is a feature that instantaneously switches your transceiver back to receive when you unkey the rig. You can hear any activity on your frequency in between your dits and dahs. I use it 100% of the time. It’s most valuable when trying to crack a pileup or in a contest. A friend of mine who operates almost exclusively SSB asked me what the benefit of QSK CW is. I answered in terms he could understand. “Have you ever ‘doubled’ with another station on SSB?” “Of course, all of us have”, he said. So I explained to him how QSK CW prevents that. Anyway, I tapped on the key a few times to check the spacing. My Companion-in-QSO paused his sending, thinking we had a breaker on freq. (That’s why they call it full break-in). When I realized he paused because he heard me, I was flabbergasted. “You actually heard that?”, I asked. He simply replied, “569”. I have no idea how much power I was putting out. I had two watt meters in use, one in the rig and one in the tuner and neither needle was budging off its peg. I’m guessing the output was in the one or two tenths of a watt range. It made a QRP believer out of me. Hey, that gives me an idea for a future Ham Radio Rock and Roll song, (“QRP Believer”, courtesy of The Monkeys and The Bee Gees) Well, I guess The future is now as NFL Coach George Allen used to say, so here goes… When you’re out of material, you Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome! “Please excuse the crudity of this hastily thrown together rendition of “QRP Believer”. "QRP Believer" (“Day Dream Believer”, The Monkeys, The Bee Gees, Anne Murray, and others, including John Stewart of The Kingston Trio, who actually wrote it) Oh, I could hide 'neath the eaves With a stealth antenna, Jeeves The HOA alarm might never ring But it rings and I rise Tear drops running from my eyes My favorite rig’s now cold and it stings Cheer up, silent Ham You must do what you can A QRP believer And HOAs be damned You once thought of me As a white knight on his steed Now I know 5 watts is all I need And my QSOs start and end Solid copy, my dear friends So how much power do we really need? Cheer up, silent Ham You must do what you can A QRP believer And HOAs be damned Cheer up, silent Ham You must do what you can A QRP believer And HOAs be damned… I hope to see you all at the meeting and in The Ohio QSO Party. If not, then at Joe’s Place in September. And now I can say, “Been there, done that!”