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QRPers NZ Newsletters

The NZ QRPers group editor produces a monthly newsletter, available to all members. Past issues are available below.

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NZ QRPers Group

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

Achieving More with Less:

We are a Group of 120+ Low Power enthusiasts who enjoy operating QRP.

Our members enjoy operating QRP or low power, (10w or less), using a range of rigs, FT817, FT818, various versions of the Ubitx series, Genesis rigs, K2 and K3 by Elecraft, home brew rigs that fit in your top pocket, to name but a few.

A variety of antenna are used, dipoles, long wires, extended zepps, and of late, End Fed Half Wave antenna have become popular. Some members are keen trampers, and can be heard operating portable from some very ‘out of the way’ places.

We don’t absolutely insist on QRP operation except when in contest mode! If conditions are poor or there is a high noise level, we make allowances.

To join the group simply sign up to this website and tick the box to join the NZ QRPers group.

So come on, give QRP a try. Join us and Go QRP!

Notices of users intentions for portable backcountry operation. 

HOTA competitors watch this space!

GO QRP Night

The NZ QRPers group runs a monthly contest / activity night on the last Saturday of every month – GO QRP Night.

The event runs over 2 hours for both phone and CW operation. Times are:


- 8:00pm to 9:00pm NZDT (07:00-08:00 UTC) - HF Bands from 40m to 10m

- 9:00pm to 10:00pm NZDT (08:00-09:00 UTC) - 80m band only


- 7:00pm to 8:00pm NZST (07:00-08:00 UTC) - HF bands from 40m to 10m

- 8:00pm to 9:00pm NZST (08:00-09:00 UTC) - 80m band only

NZDT starts each year on the last Sunday in September, and ends at 3am on the first Sunday in April.

Competitors can enter either just the 80m-only category, or the 'all bands' combined category. Separate scores and awards will be given for each category.

See below for event details.

Equipment discussions, questions, answers.  Focus in on QRP and backcountry operation, but anything equipment related goes.

NZ QRPers Awards and Competitions

The group runs a number of award programmes aimed to challenge and recognise skills in low-power operation.

These programmes come in two forms:

  • http://hota.qrp.nz hosts a number of leagues in which you can challenge yourself to ‘bag’ islands, huts, parks either chasing contacts from the comfort of your shack chair, or by getting out there and doing it! QRPers NZ member are automatically signed up!

  • QRP group awards. A number of awards are available for QRP Group member who make contacts to a range of challenging locations. See this forum for details

NZ QRPers News & Updates

News and updates from the Admin Team

Discussion forums. Open to all users to post.

Posts and news from ZL2OZ.

Comments, feedback & news about this website

Members' blogs. 

If you want to host a blog here then post a request in the 'This Website' forum and the admin will get you started.

General discussion and official announcements about the Huts on the Air competitions

This topic is for testing purposes.  If you want to experiment with something new without disturbing other users then feel free to try posting it here.

Please do not subscribe to this forum!

All things QRP, backcountry & radio

QRPers NZ Discussion Forum

Open forum for general discussion about the QRPers NZ group & its activities

Personal QRP, HOTA and general radio blog for Matt, ZL4NVW