Author Topic: Are we in the golden age of amateur radio?  (Read 512 times)

Offline Smurf Hunter

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Are we in the golden age of amateur radio?
« on: May 22, 2018, 09:58:50 AM »
https://www.ke6mt.us/2018/05/hf-ham-radio-on-a-budget-qrp-labs-and-qrpguys/

We've often talked about the limitations of QRP, and the downsides in terms of preparedness, HOWEVER you can make the argument that at no other time in amateur history have we had so many solid, and affordable options:

The article mentions these are entry level considerations.  I've played with some of them, and heard great things of the rest.

QRP Labs QCX single-band transceiver kit – 40 meters version http://qrp-labs.com/qcx.html
QRPGuys Portable No Tune End Fed Half Wave Antenna https://qrpguys.com/qrpguys-end-fed-wire-antenna
QRPGuys Iambic Mini Paddle with Base https://qrpguys.com/iambic-paddle-wbase
CWops’ CW Academy http://www.cwops.org/cwacademy.html

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Re: Are we in the golden age of amateur radio?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 03:44:42 PM »
maybe  ;)

I had a $1,300 Elecraft KX2 (loaded out) and a $500 Chameleon P-Loop and couldn't make a contact to save my life....even with my G5RV and a 40m dipole QRP (SSB) was a no winner for me. (OK so I didn't kill myself to 'get-er done' but still no dice)

that said I understand the power of CW/Digi and I tried neither of those modes with the above. 

If you're a hill-topper or a kit-builder, there are many kits out there to please your fancies!

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Re: Are we in the golden age of amateur radio?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 06:12:49 PM »
SCW I would love more opportunity to operate from a more rural location without all the RFI from civilization.  Even dragging my station into the city park is a huge improvement.

Living on a 1/8 acre lot with all the noise from modern gadgets in close proximity, HOA restrictions on antennas, I make some low power contacts.  Lots of digital modes, and I'm fighting my way to learn CW better.  It just takes a ton of patience and deep understanding of your gear.

Also, for the record, I am not a believer in magnetic loops.  I'll take a wire every day of the week ;)

Offline Alan Georges

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Re: Are we in the golden age of amateur radio?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 07:09:12 PM »
A golden age... yeah, I think so!  Even with this downturn in solar activity, things are looking pretty good with all the bitx radio experimentation, digital modes, new battery chemistries, etc.

Now if I could just get around to soldering up that bitx 40 that's been in the project box for about a year now.  Golden age = short hours.