Low power operation (QRP)
Some amateur operators enjoy the challenge of communicating with others, using low power.
With just a few watts of output power (or even less for the more dedicated), a good operator can even make international contacts. There are special interest groups supporting QRP operators, and many enthusiasts design and build their own equipment, some quite compact. The keys to successful low power operation are good antennas, good operating techniques, effective use of radio propagation conditions and reliable equipment. Because of its superior efficiency, most QRP contacts are made with the CW mode, though SSB QRP can also be very rewarding.
The CW Operators QRP Club supports QRP activity by running contests and nets, publishing a quarterly magazine (Lo-Key), issuing awards and making hard to obtain parts available to members. There is a mailing list for QRPers in Australia and New Zealand. Information on subscribing to this list and Australian QRP in general can be found on the Australian QRP Home Page.
As SOTA is often a QRP operation for activators, it is proving every day how easy it is to make contacts with 5 watts or less. A new page about SOTA on this site is on the way.
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