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Favorite Rigs For QRP Contesting?

Sep 23rd 2011, 17:11

K8AG

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Currently my favorite rig for QRP contests is an Orion 2. Yes it does get down sightly less than 5 watts. I have a couple of SW??+ rigs in the works to try contesting with them. Modded they have a receive current of about 20ma. Should be interesting.
Nov 25th 2011, 15:03

WA4JM

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Hi Sean,

My rig of choice has been the TenTec 516, but I ma now playing with the TenTec R4020. Fits in a small bag antenna and all.
Dec 6th 2011, 01:16

NQ2W

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Hi All,

For the Spartan Sprint and portable ops I use my Ten-Tec 1340 (40 meters) and my OHR 100A (20 meters). All of the other contests I put my Ten-Tec Jupiter front and center. The folks at Ten-Tec chuckled when I asked for a Jupiter that puts out less than 5 watts...but they found one. Sure is a pleasure to use. Hope to hear you all on the air during contests, QSO parties, sprints, or ragchewing. 72, Will, NQ2W
Mar 13th 2012, 20:25

KC9CS

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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I'm not sure why there's no mention of any full featured 100 watt rigs being used in a low power QRP output. I can dial back the output power to my Icom or Yaesu radios to QRP levels and have a lot of fun. From the field, then it's my KX-1. de Bill, KC9CS
May 7th 2012, 14:13

zs6rbj

Joined: Jan 25th 2012, 14:13
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I have never owned a FT-817 always wanted one though. I use the IC703(hf only version). I recently bought a 12.6volt 6800mAH battery from the 409 shop. Still need to test it in the field and see how it performs. I have used the 703 for many years and it is very reliable and fun to operate. I especially like the internal tuner, it has tuned everything I have plugged into it so far. Not that I have much to compare it to, I would say it is a great rig. Just watch that voltage, its not happy when it gets a bit low....
Dec 19th 2012, 15:31

N7RVD

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Elecraft K2. Although, when I first started QRP contesting, I used a Heathkit HW-9. I'm thrilled with the K2. It is a much better radio.
Feb 6th 2013, 12:43

N0AZZ

Joined: May 29th 2007, 11:03
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I started with a IC-703 Plus then a K2, K3 and now a KX3 have them all but the IC-703+..

I must admit the Elecrafts rule when it comes to QRP to QRO #1 in receivers also.

73,
Fred/N0AZZ
Oct 3rd 2013, 00:39

KC9EE

Joined: Oct 30th 2012, 14:10
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Lovin my KX3. Especially since it's my only rig at the moment. The receiver is phenominal. Thinking about just adding an amp to it so I can run in the LP cat also. .

Gary
KC9EE

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