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Cedar:
This is exactly what it sounds like I am starting out with. QRP. My (perhaps) Elmer, who is interested that I am interested in CW, is going to set me up with 5watt CW rig and teach me how to use it. Due to the circumstances I am currently in, this is pretty much one of the few options open to me if I want to play at the moment.

Having a small lightweight, off-grid rig (and easily mobile) is perfect for me right now (and for other applications in the future). All 3 of my Baofengs (two UV-5R and one UV-3R) will RX but not TX. After 18 months of getting my license and not being able to make a contact, it is pissing me off. So if life gives me 5 watts, so be it. I do hike alot, love the idea of being able to be lightweight, and running off a small battery/solar. And if it will hopefully hone my skills, all the better.

Cedar

PS, yes, I am going to see what options are available to me for a bigger better antenna for the UV-5Rs, but I am going to have to be rather creative

jerseyboy:

--- Quote from: Cedar on June 27, 2016, 09:50:19 AM ---
Having a small lightweight, off-grid rig (and easily mobile) is perfect for me right now (and for other applications in the future). All 3 of my Baofengs (two UV-5R and one UV-3R) will RX but not TX.

Cedar

PS, yes, I am going to see what options are available to me for a bigger better antenna for the UV-5Rs, but I am going to have to be rather creative

--- End quote ---

http://www.fredspinner.com/W0FMS/CheapYagi/vjbcy.html

Check out these Yagi antennas. They are super cheap to make and should help at the house.

Jerseyboy

Cedar:
Thank you JerseyBoy

Cedar

radiomacgyver:
QRP School videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEINppMdTOP8apApXXhZLCQ

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