QRP To The Field
(QRPTTF)
2013 - "Happy Trails" 
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Date and Time
April 27, 2013 1500Z through April 28 0300Z
Eastern: 1100-2300 EDT        Saturday, April 27
Central: 1000-2200 CDT             in the US/VE
Mountain: 0900-2100 MDT
Pacific: 0800-2000 PDT
Bands and modes
QRP (5W or less), CW and SSB on the HF ham bands
Standard QRP calling frequencies
Theme
"Happy Trails"
Operate from a nearby historic trail (see below) 
Quick Links
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2013 QRPTTF
RULES SHEET
in .doc format
in .pdf format
Other contests on April 27, 2013:
10-10 International Spring Contest (digital)
SP (Poland) DXRTTY contest
Helvetia contest
Florida QSO Party http://www.floridaqsoparty.org/rules.html
              Get an RST and SPC and it counts for QRPTTF
>Updated 1 April 2013
A FIRST TIMER?  SLOW AT CW?  
If you've never worked a contest before, or find the 35 word per minute exchanges of other contests intimidating, try QRPTTF.  It's pretty low-key and built for fun. If you hear a station calling “QRP TTF,” give a call.  Don't be afraid to say “PSE QRS” (please slow down) if he's too fast for you. If you miss an element of the exchange, ask for a repeat (“SPC?” or “Name?”).  We all fail to get the exchange at times. Often, by listening to a QRPTTF station working another, you can copy the exchange before you call. These are all tricks to help you with your code speed and get on the air.
 
Remember, we want to work you as much as you want to work us!
PHOTOS.   If you snap a photo or two of your QRPTTF or SOTA station, send it along with your Summary Sheet to be included on the results website. 
 
 
 
Good luck and have fun, regardless of where you choose to operate from.
And ... Happy Trails!
 
 
Questions or comments may be directed to: qrp-l@mailman.qth.net
or na5n@zianet.com
 
72, Paul NA5N and Jan N0QT
QRPTTF is an annual event to encourage QRPers to get out of the house and operate portable “from the field,” and of course, have fun. You can find a nice operating location for yourself, or combine it with some buddies for a day-long or evening campout. QRPTTF encourages participation by hams of all skill levels. CW speeds are usually in the 13-18 wpm range. QRPTTF is administered solely through the QRP-L reflector (with announcements on the SOTA reflector).
 
 
 
 
 
SUMMARY
SHEETS
in .doc format
in .pdf format
QRPTTF/SOTA Station
Mike KD9KC
A joint
QRPTTF/SOTA
QRP Contest
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2012 QRPTTF
RESULTS
& SOAPBOX
RULES:
 
Exchange:
QRPTTF Stations: RST, SPC, Name         example: 599 OH Jake
SOTA Stations: RST, SPC, SOTA ID         example: 599 CO WØ/FR-004 (=Pikes Peak, CO)
SPC = State, Province, or Country                example: NY, MI, CA, BC
 
Mode:CW or SSB (if operating both modes, submit a separate CW and SSB summary sheets)
Power: QRP (5 watts or less CW; 10W or less SSB)
CQ: The recommended CQ is "CQ TTF"
Suggested Frequencies:
    CW QRP watering holes: 3560, 7030/7040, 7110-7120, 14060, 21060, 28060 KHz
    SSB QRP frequencies:    3985, 7285, 14285, 21385, 28885 KHz
Hint: For enhanced activity, call CQ "on the hour" on 10/15M (if open)

 

Some 2012
QRPTTF Stations:
Mert, WØUFO
Scoring: 
Per band: Number of SPCs plus SOTA summits worked, TIMES number of QSOs per band.
For clarity: if you work a SOTA station in UT, it counts as a UT SPC + a SOTA station.
QSO points: ADD scores for each band for QSO points
Total Score: QSO points TIMES Multiplier
Multipliers:  x1 home station
                      x2 QRPTTF “Field” station
                      x3 QRPTTF “Trail” station or SOTA station

2013 Summary Sheet click here
 
Edit and submit above Summary Sheet.  You do not need to submit logs.
And, just for completeness …

Happy Trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy Trails to you, keep smiling 'til then
Who cares about the clouds if we're together,
Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.
Happy Trails to you, until we meet again.

(You sang along … didn't you?)
 
In the rare event you've forgotten the tune,
click here
Paul, NA5N
Nick, WA5BDU
Hint: a historic trail, too?
Bob, W3BBO
The highest point in PA
N7KE Club Station
Todd, KH2TJ
Atop a summit, somewhere NV
Kelly, K4UPG
This is roughing it?
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2012 QRPTTF
PHOTO
GALLERY
Theme: This year's theme is “Happy Trails” – that is, operating from or near an historic trail. About every community has an historic trail or two … from the biggies like Route 66 or the Santa Fe Trail, to a local old wagon trail, mining or lumber road.  About all railroad lines, active or abandoned, are old trails.  As are trolley lines, canals, and subways.  Many historic trails run through national, state or local parks or campgrounds.  It does not have to be a registered National Historic Trail.  Do that Google thing or ask your local Historical Society if you're drawing a blank.
 
Many old historic trails are also today's super highways (like Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, etc.); we don't expect you to operate from an Interstate junction!  Find a nice operating spot within a couple miles if you can to ensure your safety.  Other old trails are today's rural roads leading to abandoned mines, lumber mills, a mountain campground, lookout tower, or your favorite fishing hole.  Or, of course, like the Appalachian (come in, Ron!) or Continental Divide trails. Honestly, you don't have to look far, and you might learn a little local history along the way.
 
Click here for a bunch of links to historic trails, highways, railroads, etc.
SOTA (Summits On The Air) will be joining us again. This does not change the QRPTTF event – just gives us all more stations to work and earn points.  You'll know them from a different exchange (like W5/MG011 – the summit ID).  SOTA stations count as any QRPTTF contact, except each summit worked counts as an
SPC and a SOTA multiplier (extra credit for copying that weird exchange!).
 
Some SOTA stations like to operate from 2 or 3 summits during the day.  Working the same station from different summits (different summit ID exchange) do not count as dupes.
 
SOTA Stations get the X3 multiplier for operating from a SOTA summit; you do not need to also be on an historic trail.  Please include your SPC in the exchange with QRPTTF stations. TNX.
 
FIELD OPERATION AND MULTIPLIERS:
X1 "Home" -- if you operate from your home using fixed antennas
X2 "Field" -- if you operate "in the field" from other than the "trail" theme or from your back yard
X3 "Trail" -- if you operate from or near an historic trail, or a SOTA summit
MORE 2012 QRPTTF
PHOTOS HERE