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.

My KX2 QRP Transceiver
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. Click the link above to see some of my builds from 4SQRP and others. In addition to kits, 4SQRP sponsors 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, which was 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.

Operating QRP I have worked all 50 states, all continents (including Antarctica), 32 CQ Zones, and a total of 137 DXCC entities. Plus, I have several 1st place contest finishes in the QRP category and have set QRP records in two ARRL Divisions. In the 2001 ARRL 10-Meter Contest, I worked 62 DXCC entities and all continents with five watts into a Cushcraft R7 vertical antenna. Now that was a really fun weekend!