I’m reposting NA5N’s post from QRP-L below…in case any of you have comments
he’s listening! I suggested Paul consider moving QRPTTF to the first Saturday
in May to coincide with the International SOTA Weekend. I know this doesn’t get
much (i.e. any?) publicity from our UK brethren but I think combining QRPTTF
with it would solve that issue. I also suggested Paul consider moving the
timeframe from 1500-0300z to 1200-0000z. This would give Europeans a better
daylight/weather window than the current times and I don’t think it would hurt
any Western NA folks. I seldom see much NA SOTA activity past 2300z for the
same reasons and few Western activators overnight to utilize the 0300z end of
the QRPTTF. If you have any comments please send them to Paul at na5n at
QRPTTF was so much fun I want to do it again! BTW who is the keeper of the
rules/publicity for the September NASOTA day?
73, Bill W4ZV
[QRP-L] Some QRPTTF Musings
From the emails and summary sheets received so far, it appears everyone had
fun during QRPTTF. Weather was good most places, except some lingering rain
in a few places in eastern U.S.
My biggest surprise is how many QRP and SOTA stations participated in QRPTTF
in Europe. Many managed to make some U.S. contacts, giving us all some DX
to work, in spite of the soft to poor band conditions. Some European and
U.S. SOTA stations reported the greatest number of contacts ever worked from
a summit due to QRPTTF, including breaking records for summit-to-summit
(S2S) contacts. And, many QRPTTF ops racked up some nice scores with
working quite a few SOTA stations to add to their SPC counts. It was good
to hear so much activity even with the soft bands. If we can just figure
out how to schedule QRPTTF on a Saturday with good propagation!
I’ve also received summary sheets from several that made their first CW
contacts on QRPTTF or participated in their first CW contest ever. The CW
requirement has been long gone; these are new hams who learned the code on
their own to get on the air and have fun with QRP. Our hats off to all of
you, and welcome aboard.
Years ago, our friend N4BP encouraged QRPTTF to be held the same Saturday as
the Florida QSO Party (FQP) to boost both of our activities. FQP has turned
into a major state QSO party making QRP, especially on 40M, next to
impossible. I am considering moving QRPTTF next year to a week earlier, the
3rd Saturday of April, to avoid FQP. Your comments on this proposed change
I have received a number of QRPTTF photos, including some YouTube videos.
I’m building the RESULTS webpage now at
mostly with links to the photos and videos. No scores or results yet, but
will start compiling that and adding to the above webpages shortly.
Thanks to all who participated and hope you all had as much fun as I did
just getting out of the house and enjoying QRP from the quiet country, and
shaking hands over the air with my QRP friends.
72, Paul NA5N