Monday, May 23, 2016

An idea for a QRP contest/event

W7ASA has unknowingly given me the idea  for what I think would make for an interesting QRP contest:

He mentioned in an online forum of using his old Wilderness Sierra and that got me to thinking about all the QRP kits I've built over the years. I've sold most of them but I still have several that haven't emitted any RF in many a moon - and I bet you (and many others) do too.

Back in the day, OHR, Dave Benson K1SWL or a pre-Elecraft Wayne Burdick N6KR and others would design and offer for sale a new kit and folks would snap them up like kids going after Halloween candy. A week or so later, the QRP freqs would be alive with everyone working everyone else with their newly built kits. It was a lot of fun.

What do you have hidden away: a Sierra, Norcal 40, SST, OHR-100, OHR Explorer, ATS-3, an Emtech, an HW-8/9, DSW, SW-40, Red Hot Radio, etc.....

Wouldn't it be fun to put them on the air for a 4 hour sprint-type operation. The exchange could be signal report, SPC and kit name. Keep it simple.

Final score would be QSO's made X SPC X Number of different kits worked

Any interest? We spent money on em, let's use em!

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10 comments:

K4UPG said...

Depending on timing and my sked... I'm in!

Ron Chester said...

A QRP Classic Exchange Contest!
http://www.arrl.org/news/classic-exchange-a-vintage-radio-contest

Goathiker said...

Yeb baby! fun to see how many old-retro and diverse QRP radios are still thumping the ether!

w1pid said...

Sounds like a great idea to me John. I'm in. Jim W1PID

John AE5X said...

I was going to pitch the idea to QRP ARCI to see if they might be interested in sponsoring such a contest but their website indicates that the 'Contest Manager' position is vacant. It would be nice if this was a club-sponsored event due to the ability to get the word to a wider audience.

Ron Chester said...

I heard that NorCal has started meeting again in Silicon Valley. Maybe they would sponsor it as a welcome back event.

WVØH Myron said...

Would a K1 count?

John AE5X said...

I'll see if I can contact someone there...

John AE5X said...

Sure, any kit. With each kit type being a multiple, I think that would inspire people to put their oldest (or unlikliest) kit on the air in attempt to offer a unique multiple.

Steve WB6TNL said...

I think that's a terrific idea, John. Lord knows, I've got a "few" classic rigs gathering dust just whimpering for a chance to be back on the air, HA!

73.......Steve Smith WB6TNL
"Snort Rosin"