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Many of us enjoy the challenge of operating QRP, meaning low power operation. In the QRP world, low power generally means five watts or less on CW and 10 watts PEP or less on phone.

4SQRP Bayou Jumper QRP Radio and NØSA Keys
QRPing becomes even more fun when you build your own stuff. One QRP club I belong to is the Four State QRP Group. They regularly provide new and great QRP projects for hams to build, like the Bayou Jumper pictured to the right. In addition, they sponsor several on-the-air activities and a growing annual convention in Branson (Missouri) called OzarkCon.

I first got into QRP back in 1980 when I built a Heathkit HW-8, a popular 2-watt CW transceiver. My first contact was with DK4KK in Germany. That did it! I was forever hooked on QRP. Since then, I've built several more QRP radios and have worked a total of 132 DXCC entities on QRP. Plus, I've entered many contests in the QRP category. In the 2001 ARRL 10-Meter Contest, I worked 62 DXCC entities and all continents with five watts into a multiband vertical antenna. Now that was really fun!