QRP: Power Beyond the WattOr, Why 5W Is Enough - opinions by Jason Buchanan - N1SU
QRP operation is the last bastion of the true spirit of Amateur radio because it revives and perpetuates a stronger friendship and brotherhood of operators. QRP brings about a notion of a "level playing field" - the willingness to operate at 5 watts or less also brings about a willingness to be honest at that power level ("yes, i'm really running 5 watts") and a desire to optimize the receiver, transmitter, feedline and antenna to see how much you can get with 5 watts! The Elecraft KX1 and K1 radios are truly amazing for what they provide in such a small footprint.
I'm writing a new page about my little Elecraft K1 to share my experienes with others. Don't let the small size fool you - it's a real contender!
A QRP station can compete with QRO stations if the QRP station has a good antenna. Keep in mind that a decent yagi with 5 watts input can (and usually does) yield a better signal for the receiving station than a common dipole.
I'll be the first to admit that I like running a 1000 watt CW signal and the full legal limit on SSB. I'd take anything Alex - AI2Q drops on the floor! But it isn't necessary to go beyond 5 watts watts PEP to work the world - MT63 or MFSK excels at low power!
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