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ZL2OZ and ZL3TK logged a contact between Mackintosh Hut (Kaweka Forest Park) and HS WAITĀRERE on 2021-01-15 View

ZL2OZ posted in Going Portable on 2021-01-15 10:11

 Fri 15.1: Mackintosh Hut. Kaweka Forest Park. 
 Sat 16.1: Makahu Saddle Hut. 
 Sun 17.1: Dominie Hut.
 On 80M each evening 8.30pm - 9.00pm +/- 3.690.
Will activate ZL6QRP for those wanting for Awards.
 Will have 'guests' with me so times may be +/-

ZL4NVW updated in News and Updates on 2021-01-10 08:31

Hi All,

GO QRP night will continue to be run an a monthly competition on the last Saturday of each month in 2021.

A few minor changes are on the table - so please give feedback if you have views on them.  If no feedback is received then the changes will proceed as below.

1) Log Validation.  

Scoring will be updated so that validated contacts with all mandatory fields correct will receive an extra 2 points for the contact.  This is aimed to get as many as possible submitting logs, and to reward people for accurate log keeping. Validated contacts are where both parties submit a log with the mandatory fields for the contact agreeing.

Clarification: For you to receive the bonus points only the details the other party sends you must be correct in your log.  The details that you send to the other party count for their validation bonus.
Clarification: QSO points will not be deducted for incorrect logs. QSO's where the logs disagree will receive the base QSO points but will receive no validation bonus.

2) Mandatory log details

The following fields will be mandatory details for a contact:
- Index and RS(T) sent
- Index and RS(T) received
- Both callsigns
- Home station or portable
- QRP or QRO
- Local or DX
- Time* 
- Band**

Additionally, users are encouraged to record:
- Location
- Name

3) Time* 

Times should agree to the nearest +/- 1 minute to claim the validated contact points.  Participants are recommended to 'exchange' the contact time as part of their contact to ensure this.

4) Bands**

There have been requests to open the contest up to more bands, and others fearing this will 'disperse' participants too widely.

The suggested compromise is a 2 hour contest - first hour being all HF bands, second hour being 80m only.  The start time of the 80m hour will be the same as last year so if you wish to participate as 80m only then the competition will be almost unchanged for you.  The start time of the 'any band' hour will be 1 hour before the 80m start time - to attempt to coincide with times when the higher frequency bands are 'open' for DX contacts.  

Clarification: The two categories ('80m only' and 'all bands') would be scored separately with winners in each category.

Feedback on this is particularly welcome.

5) Scoring

The 'bonus' for DX contacts will be increased to ensure that a DX contact still scores more than a validated local contact.

Clarification: DX contacts will also be eligible for the validation bonus in addition to the DX bonus, where the DX station submits a log.

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The finalised 2021 rules will be published in the January Newsletter - so please get any feedback in this week to allow them to be written up.

Feedback can be posted here or emailed to admin@qrp.nz.


Matt Briggs - ZL4NVW

ZL4NVW updated in GO QRP Night on 2021-01-10 06:46

Hi All,

GO QRP night will continue to be run an a monthly competition on the last Saturday of each month in 2021.

A few minor changes are on the table - so please give feedback if you have views on them.  If no feedback is received then the changes will proceed as below.

1) Log Validation.  

Scoring will be updated so that validated contacts with all mandatory fields correct will receive an extra 2 points for the contact.  This is aimed to get as many as possible submitting logs, and to reward people for accurate log keeping. Validated contacts are where both parties submit a log with the mandatory fields for the contact agreeing.

2) Mandatory log details

The following fields will be mandatory details for a contact:
- Index and RS(T) sent
- Index and RS(T) received
- Both callsigns
- Home station or portable
- QRP or QRO
- Local or DX
- Time* 
- Band**

Additionally, users are encouraged to record:
- Location
- Name

3) Time* 

Times should agree to the nearest +/- 1 minute to claim the validated contact points.  Participants are recommended to 'exchange' the contact time as part of their contact to ensure this.

4) Bands**

There have been requests to open the contest up to more bands, and others fearing this will 'disperse' participants too widely.

The suggested compromise is a 2 hour contest - first hour being all HF bands, second hour being 80m only.  The start time of the 80m hour will be the same as last year so if you wish to participate as 80m only then the competition will be almost unchanged for you.  The start time of the 'any band' hour will be 1 hour before the 80m start time - to attempt to coincide with times when the higher frequency bands are 'open' for DX contacts.

Feedback on this is particularly welcome.

5) Scoring

The 'bonus' for DX contacts will be increased to ensure that a DX contact still scores more than a validated local contact.


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The finalised 2021 rules will be published in the January Newsletter - so please get any feedback in this week to allow them to be written up.

Feedback can be posted here or emailed to admin@qrp.nz.


Matt Briggs - ZL4NVW

ZL1RCA added a log for GO QRP - Dec 2020 on 26/12/20 View

ZL1THH posted in Going Portable on 2021-01-04 23:06

Heading for a couple of weeks in Southland starting from Colac Bay on 6th Jan, heading north through Longwoods

Will try to do 3690@8pm, 7090 7:30, and a few sota summits.

ZL1THH posted in Equipment on 2020-12-29 10:33

For anyone interested, I broke down the 817 and weighed it all, looking for savings to make it light enough to take on a long trip.  Hoping to get it to ~700g with batteries.

- Covers are 300g: replace with carbon
- Energizer Li AA's lightest choice that I can get in time.
- Microphone is 170g
- misc parts: speaker bracket, spkr, so-239
- lighten chassis


ZL3TK added a log for GO QRP - Dec 2020 on 26/12/20 View

December 26th is the last Go QRP night of 2020. Last chance to add to your 2020 score!

9.00pm to 10:30pm NZDT. CW and Phone operating concurrently for the full 1.5hrs. See the Go QRP Night topic for details.

Logs in by Jan 15th. Results will be announced in the January QRP Newsletter.

Go QRP!

ZL2OZ updated in NZ QRPers Newsletters on 2020-12-22 11:42

 December and last Newsletter for 2020.

Download: DEC_Nxl_26_original_original.pdf

ZL2OZ posted in GO QRP Night on 2020-12-15 15:03

 See the December QRPers NZ Newsletter for a comment on LOG keeping, and the need for accuracy, especially with QSO times, Signal Reports and ciphers. 

ZL2ATH and ZL2FC logged a contact between Mahoe Hut (Rimutaka Forest Park) and Home Station, Wairarapa. on 2020-12-11 View

ZL2ATH and ZL2CTM logged a contact between Mahoe Hut (Rimutaka Forest Park) and ... on 2020-12-11 View

Hi Folks, I am QRP Portable at Nelson Lakes National Park this weekend. 
I will be using the 817 and my Opek HVT400B mobile whip. 
Sigs around Central NZ have been very good using such a simple setup. 
3.730 is your best bet as that's where the whip tunes best. 

John
ZL2BH 

ZL2ATH posted in Going Portable on 2020-12-11 16:32

Mahoe Hut, Orongorongo's, maybe tonight if I am settled in by 8.00-8.30 otherwise same time Saturday evening. 3.690ssb
Wynne - ZL2ATH

ZL4NVW and JH1OLB logged a contact between Old Woman Hut (Old Woman Range Conservation Area) and 50km N Tokyo on 2020-12-09 View

ZL1THH posted in Equipment on 2020-12-09 15:52

You just put a high value R across the line for static. Just has to have breakdown voltage greater than max for your transmitter at VSWR=N

You don't use a spark gap to discharge static, as it is making RX noise.

ZL4NVW updated in Going Portable on 2020-12-08 18:23

Old Woman Hut, Kopuwai CA

Tue 8th
Wed 9th
Maybe Thur

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

ZL4NVW posted in GO QRP Night on 2020-12-07 23:03

I've put in some automated checking of GO QRP logs on the website. This is solely for people to see how well they've recorded their contacts and have to opportunity to improve - it's not used to invalidate contacts or change scoring. 

But it does look like we could all do better!

Take a look at your November logs and see how they stacked up against the details recorded by the other party.  Data highlighted in green is confirmed as correct against what the other party reported. Data in red disagrees with what they recorded.  The most common error seems to be recording report sent vs report received back to front.

Visit:


and click on your callsign to see your log.

You can click on the link in the 'Confirmed' column to see the log entered by the other party.

ZL1RCA added a log for GO QRP - Nov 2020 on 28/11/20 View