2018 QRP To The Field
Saturday, April 21, 2018
0800-1800 Your Local Time
Eastern: 0800-1800 EDT
Mountain: 0800-1800 MDT
Pacific: 0800-1800 PDT
Elsewhere: 1200-2400 UTC
QRP (5W or less
CW, 10W or less SSB)
on the non-WARC HF bands
Standard QRP calling frequencies
Operate from a river or stream.
>Updated 20 MAR 2018
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 to get
on the air to make some contacts.
Remember, we want to work you as much as you want to work us!
Every year, summary sheets
are submitted that say "These were my first CW contacts ever," or "my first contest." That's what this is all about.
on the air, have fun.
PHOTOS. If you snap a photo or selfie of your QRPTTF or SOTA station, send it along with your Summary Sheet
to be included on the results page.
72, Paul NA5N and Jan NØQT
Socorro, New Mexico
PS - I'll be operating from here again,
bank of the Rio Grande near Socorro, NM. ———>
UPDATE: Due to this part of New Mexico being in an extreme
access to the Rio Grande and nearby trees has been
closed due to the fire danger. Will operate from the San Lorenzo
a dry river leading to the Rio Grande, also dry right now.
QRPTTF is an annual operating event to encourage QRPers and SOTA stations to get out of the house and operate portable “from
the field” or a summit, and of course, have fun. Find a nice operating location for yourself, or combine it with some
buddies for a day-long adventure. QRPTTF encourages participation by QRP hams of all skill levels. CW speeds are usually in the 13-20
PART 2 – A Redeaux
of last year's QRPTTF
Exchange: RST, SPC, Name of River (or your name if Field or Home station) or SOTA ID
RIVER station: example: 579 TX Pecos R. or 55N OK Flint Creek
SOTA station: example: 569 NM W5/MG011
FIELD station: example: 479 NJ Ralph
HOME station: example: 5NN BC Irving
HINT: If you're
operating from the "Weekiewachookiehokiecanobie river," you're welcome to shorten it to something reasonable!!!
Power: QRP only (5 watts or less CW; 10W or less SSB)
CQ: The recommended CQ is "CQ TTF"
CW QRP watering holes: 3560, 7030/7040, 7110-7120, 14060, 21060, 28060 KHz
SSB QRP frequencies:
3985, 7285, 14285, 21385, 28885 KHz
OR ... whatever else works.
Per band: Number of QSOs per band TIMES the number of SPCs and SOTA summits worked
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
Multipliers: x1 home station
x2 QRPTTF “Field” station
x3 QRPTTF "River" or SOTA station
Edit and submit above Summary Sheet, which calculates your
You do not need to submit logs.
Theme ... "A River Runs Through It" was a 1992 award winning movie about a
father and his sons who enjoy the solitude of fly-fishing
on a Montana river, directed
and narrated by Robert Redford. Sounds like a great QRPTTF outing and location,
suggested by Paul WØRW.
Everybody should have a river or creek nearby, likely
including a few trees along the bank for antennas and maybe even a table for
And for those not in the mood to work grid squares on HF this year, consider it
"Rivers On the Air" (ROTA). We
aim to please.
Qualifying River: To avoid any confusion defining a river, creek, stream, canal, etc.
– if it has a name,
it qualifies, whether or not there's water in it when you arrive. This would include dry river beds, historic canals,
or arroyos (with a name) common in the Southwest. Operate from near the river as safety or local facilities allow.
categories this year are:
RIVER - operating from a river or a qualifying SOTA summit for x3 multiplier
FIELD - operating
from a non-river field location for x2 multiplier
HOME - those operating from their home stations for x1 multiplier
SOTA (Summits On The Air) stations are our QRPTTF partners and gives us all more stations to work, earn extra points,
and have more fun. You'll know the SOTA stations from an exchange like "NM W5/MG011" – the SPC and summit
ID. SOTA stations count as any QRPTTF contact, PLUS - each summit worked counts as an SPC (extra credit for copying that
weird exchange!). SOTA stations are considered a RIVER station for the x3 multiplier. SOTA stations: Please also
send your SPC. If they don't, just ask ... SPC?
Some SOTA stations like to operate from 2 or 3 different summits during
the day. Working the same station from different summits (different summit ID exchange) do not count as dupes.
find a SOTA summit in your area, check the SOTA Association page for your region here:
down to find your state.
Also, scroll down to "Summit Search," enter the summit ID to find out the SPC and summit of the station.
"A River Runs Through It"
— or —
"Rivers On The Air" – Part 2
A joint QRPTTF/SOTA QRP Contest
Administered solely by the QRP-L Internet Group
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Find a nice scenic river
like Nick, WA5BDU in AR
Or, a nice SOTA summit like KT5X and K1JD in NM
Last year's QRPTTF
With apologies to Robert Redford
Excel or Open Office
Last year's QRPTTF was nearly wiped out in many areas due to a
K5-K6 Major Geomagnetic Storm.
Many QRPers liked the theme and found a neat spot to operate from. Therefore, we will try again with the same theme and hope for better conditions.
WØRW at Cripple Creek, CO.
Nice backdrop, Paul
DL6AP at Warnow R. in Germany. Love that
N8PMR, Anclote River
N9AW & NK9G at the last
covered bridge, Cedar River, WI.
VE3WMB at Rideau River
near Ottowa & his Alex loop.
WVØH, Westminster, CO
at Big Dry Creek