W2LJ QRP - When you care to send the very least!
QRP Field Day is not as hard as you might think!
Posted: 07 Dec 2018 10:25 AM PST
There was a post on the 4 States QRP Group e-mail reflector, where one of
the members asked if anyone from the group was interested in doing an all
QRP Field Day effort.
It's really not that difficult a proposition and I heartily encouraged them
to do so. SPARC and NJ2SP got started doing Field Day in 2014. A bit of
background - we were founded in April of that year. Planning for Field Day
only two months later doesn't leave you with much time, does it? I opened
my big fat mouth and suggested that we just go to the local park, throw
some wires in the trees and go from there.
Wow, did that take off!
That year we entered under the 2A Battery banner. We came in 3rd place in
our category, 39th place out of ALL 315 stations running 5 Watts that year,
16th place out of 97 in our Division, and 7th place out of 44 entered in
I fully suspected that even with that great inaugural performance, the club
would want to go QRO in 2015. To say I was surprised when they made it
known that they wanted us to stay QRP would be an understatement! We've had
a blast every year and 2017 was THE banner year for NJ2SP so far.
2017 saw us end up in 2nd place in our category, nationwide and 8th place
out of ALL 321 stations running 5 Watts. 4th place out of 98 in our
Division and 2nd place out of 36 in our Section.
In 2018 we placed a greater emphasis on "Elmering" and PR
Radio, in general. As a result, we didn't place as well as 2017. But
hopefully with a few new members that we have introduced into our fold,
2019 will allow us to do all that AND get fannies behind the mic and key in
order to get those QSO totals back up again.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!