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To encourage and share the use of QRP (low power) operation, equipment, antenna ideas and information


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ZL2ATH and ZL4NVW logged a contact between Home station Wainuiomata and Serpentine Church (Serpentine Scenic Reserve) on 2020-12-01 View

ZL4NVW and ZL3TK logged a contact between Serpentine Church (Serpentine Scenic Reserve) and HS WAITĀRERE on 2020-12-01 View

ZL2OZ updated in Going Portable on 2020-12-01 13:52

 TUESDAY 1.12.2020
 Haukopua Scenic Reserve. E:1846145 N:5524968
 On Air: 7.30pm - 7.090Mhz and 7.285Mhz
             8.30pm - 3.690Mhz
  Out there doing it! QRP

ZL4NVW updated in Going Portable on 2020-12-01 12:02

Tuesday Dec 1st 2020

Serpentine Church, Serpentine Scenic Reserve

On Air:
7:30pm - 7.090
8:45pm - 3.690

Go QRP, go bush!

ZL4NVW updated in GO QRP Night on 2020-12-01 06:45

Thanks for Stan, ZL3TK for raising a few questions about the rules regarding Go QRP night contacts.  Answers are based on the published rules and are provided here for all to see.  There is scope for changes to the rules in next year's contest to address any concerns - but for the current year the existing rules will be followed.

1) Can the 3.690 'QRP call frequency' be used to make contest contacts?

A: Yes.

There is no mention in the contest rules about the use of 3.690 for making contacts and as such it can be used.

However, users of this frequency need to bear in mind that it may be required by others for QRP calling. Users are requested to either QSY to other frequencies for long QSO's, or leave the appropriate gaps in conversations and both allow and encourage others to call or break in. 

2) What information must be exchanged to count as a contact?

The contest rules states that 'so long as a signal strength report and a serial number can be exchanged both ways' a contact counts.  Additionally an exchange of callsigns is mandatory as with all amateur activity. To claim the correct points you will need to determine whether the station is QRP or QRO and HS or portable - but as the exchange of this information is not mentioned in the rules it is acceptable to assume HS/QRO and claim the lower number of points.  

You are also encouraged to include name and location in your log, but this information is not mentioned in the rules and thus is not required.

3) Can users rely on 'prior knowledge' to ascertain information about a contact

This question is not currently relevant as neither name nor location are currently required.  Some clarification will be given in future should this information become a requirement.

4) What about contacts where both parties record different times?

There is currently no requirement in the rules around timekeeping.  It is not currently a requirement to 'exchange' the QSO time on-air, though doing so is encouraged as good practice. 

A rule may be added in future.

5) What do we do about serial numbers from non-competitors

According to the rules  'so long as a signal strength report and a serial number can be exchanged both ways' a contact counts. So for all contacts a serial no. should be provided by the other party either numerically or by determining verbally that you are their first contact.  There are currently no requirements on non-competitors to 'start at 1 and increment by 1 for each GO QRP contact'.  So as long as you accurately record the number provided by them, that is sufficient.  This is particularly relevant when contacting stations participating in other contests who will be using serial numbers based on contacts made outside of GO QRP.

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Hope that all helps.   In all behaviour in the contest, bear in mind that we are here to:

Encourage and share the use of QRP, Low Power operation, equipment, antenna ideas and information

So keep it friendly and support new participants and non-members - make their experience of QRP a good one. 


ZL4NVW updated in GO QRP Night on 2020-11-30 18:37

For back-reference, the rules under which the 2020 GO QRP competition has been run are attached below.   
Two documents have been circulated during the year, and both are attached.  

Note that these will be updated and simplified for the 2021 competition.  

Download: GQN_RULES_original_original.pdf

Download: GQN___Rules_of_Engagement_V3._original_original.docx

ZL3TK added a log for GO QRP - Nov 2020 on 28/11/20 View

ZL2ATH added a log for GO QRP - Nov 2020 on 28/11/20 View

ZL4NVW added a log for GO QRP - Nov 2020 on 28/11/20 View

ZL2ATH and ZL2OZ logged a contact between HOME STATION WAINUIOMATA and (Puketoi Conservation Area) on 2020-11-24 View

ZL4NVW updated in GO QRP Night on 2020-11-29 08:24

The latest GO QRP log forms are available below.  I've posted versions for both Microsoft Excel users (.xls) and others (.ods).

Note: 28/11/2020 - A printable .pdf log sheet is now available

The same log template is used for portable and HS operation - just tick the required box on the form to indicate whether you are operating from home or portable.

Once completed, the updated logs can be uploaded to the website.  To do this:
  • Sign in to the website
  • Click the 'Contests' Menu
  • Select 'GO QRP'
  • Click 'Upload My Log' against the month you are uploading the log for.
Once uploaded the log will be displayed and if necessary you can edit/correct the log by clicking the Edit button.

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So you now have 2 good options to automatically submit your logs:
  • Fill the logs in online at Contests -> GO QRP -> Add Log 
  • Fill in the official log spreadsheet and upload it to Contests -> GO QRP -> Upload Log
Failing that: 
  • Logs can be emailed to me: admin@qrp.nz 
  • Paper logs can be posted to:  Matt (ZL4NVW),  PO Box 406,  Alexandra

Download: Go-QRP-Logsheet-v10.0_original_original.xls

Download: Go-QRP-Logsheet-v10.0_original_original.ods

Download: Go-QRP-Logsheet-printable-v10.0_original_original.pdf
A reminder that this Saturday 28th November is Go QRP night – from 9:00pm to 10:30pm NZDT.

Please use the new log sheets, available below:
Open Source ODS (Libre-office, Open-office, etc)

To submit your logs:
- Uploaded them to the website (Contests -> GO QRP -> Upload Log)
- Email them to: admin@qrp.nz
- Paper logs should be sent to: Go QRP,  PO Box 406, Alexandra

You can also enter your log directly into the website at qrp.nz.  Log into the site, look under the Contest menu for Go QRP. Simply click Add Log against the month you wish to add the log for and fill in your details.

ZL2OZ and ZL3TK logged a contact between (Puketoi Conservation Area) and HS WAITĀRERE on 2020-11-26 View

ZL4NVW and ZL3TK logged a contact between Brewster Hut (Mount Aspiring National Park) and HS WAITĀRERE on 2020-11-26 View

ZL4NVW posted in Going Portable on 2020-11-24 18:55

Thur 26/11/2020 - Brewster Hut, Mt Aspiring NP

Staying in the warden's quarters at Brewster Hut, Mt Aspiring National Park on Thursday night only.

On air:
19:30 - 7.090
20:30 - 3.690 for the QRP net

Go QRP - Go bush!


ZL4NVW and VK2UN logged a contact between Kyeburn Huts (Oteake Conservation Park) and Woolongong, NSW on 2020-11-19 View

ZL4NVW and VK2DX logged a contact between Kyeburn Huts (Oteake Conservation Park) and Russel Island (OC137), Off Brisbane on 2020-11-19 View

ZL4NVW and ZL2OZ logged a contact between Kyeburn Huts (Oteake Conservation Park) and Taruarau Bivvy (Ruahine Forest Park) on 2023-11-18 View

ZL4NVW and ZL2OZ logged a contact between Kyeburn Huts (Oteake Conservation Park) and Dead Dog Hut (Ruahine Forest Park) on 2020-11-17 View