The New England QRP Club invites you to check in to our weekly net, join us at one of our gatherings, build a NEScaf or 79er, work WQ1RP, participate at NewEnglandQRP.org, or simply enjoy your QRP with our 73.
WOW - This was a super ARRL convention (August 26-27, 2006) and I am certainly thankful that the New England QRP Club was there. We have two years to make another presentation for the next ARRL convention and to ramp-up our club, projects, kits and wonderful members and show what our stuff is made of! A lot of feedback from those who were there and it's all positive. GREAT! Mano-mano...it was FUN.
The NEQRP is fortunate to meet regularly at ARRL headquarters. Our annual meeting alternates between Newington and Boxboro. The meeting generally convenes in the morning (9 am), followed by a lunch in one of the fine restaurants in downtown Newington, with a wrap up using station W1AW. If you would like to bring YOUR QRP rig to the station's antenna farm, tuck it under your arm and haul it in!
The New England QRP Club is where... "The excitement is building...."
But we love to operate, too. And we enjoy eyeballs, as well.
John Griswold, KK1X, is the Membership Coordinator for the New England QRP Club. If you are interested in joining the club, please email John at kk1x AT kk1x.net with "NEQRP Membership" in the subject line.
Have you ever wondered what the real power output of your QRP rig is? How about being able to measure QRPP?
Here's a circuit using two junkbox transistors and a garden variety op-amp that will let you accurately measure your rig's flea power down to milliwatts. It makes use of your ordinary shop multi-meter. If your DMM or analog voltmeter's accuracy is good, your results will be too. It works because power is proportional to the square of the voltage across a resistor, assuming the resistance stays the same.
Although it can't measure a rig's output power while operating into an antenna, it will tell you how much power your QRP rig puts out into 50-ohm resistive loads like a well-matched coaxial feedline. The best thing is that it's accurate!