QRP To The Field
2013 - "Happy Trails"
April 27, 2013 1500Z through April 28 0300Z
Eastern: 1100-2300 EDT Saturday,
Central: 1000-2200 CDT in the US/VE
Pacific: 0800-2000 PDT
QRP (5W or less), CW and SSB on the HF ham bands
Standard QRP calling frequencies
Operate from a nearby historic trail (see below)
Other contests on April 27, 2013:
10-10 International Spring Contest (digital)
SP (Poland) DXRTTY contest
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.
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
And ... Happy Trails!
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).
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)
recommended CQ is "CQ TTF"
CW QRP watering holes: 3560, 7030/7040, 7110-7120, 14060, 21060,
SSB QRP frequencies: 3985, 7285, 14285, 21385, 28885 KHz
Hint: For enhanced activity,
call CQ "on the hour" on 10/15M (if open)
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
Multipliers: x1 home station
x2 QRPTTF “Field” station
x3 QRPTTF “Trail” station or SOTA station
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,
Hint: a historic trail, too?
The highest point in PA
Atop a summit, somewhere NV
This is roughing it?
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
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.
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