Saturday, April 18, 2020
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
2020 QRP To The Field
>Updated 21 APR 2020 W
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. Many stations will match your speed. 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 you on the air to make some contacts.
Remember, we want to work you as much as you want to work
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.
Get on the air, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors if you can.
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
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.
This year only — operate from HOME.
QRPTTF encourages participation by QRP hams
of all skill levels. CW speeds are usually in the 13-20 wpm range.
Exchange: RST, SPC, Name
PARK station: example: 579 TX Bob
SOTA station: example: 569 NM W5/MG011 (name optional)
FIELD station: example: 479 NJ Harry
HOME station: example: 5NN BC Alice
Mode: CW and SSB
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: x2 for everyone this year (HOME, FIELD or SOTA stations)
and submit above Summary Sheet, which calculates your score automatically.
Send Summary Sheet (logs not required)
to email@example.com by Sunday, May 3, 2020
Paul Harden, NA5N
72 Polvadera Heights Road
Lemitar, NM 87823
Theme ... There is no theme this year (except to stay home, get on the air, have fun, and stay safe).
HOME CATEGORY is
to operate from your HOME STATION - the recommended category for this year.
FIELD CATEGORY is for those who set up a station
and operate from their BACK YARD. Travel beyond your backyard is not encouraged this year only. For your backyard field
operation, you may erect a portable antenna or use an existing antenna, or use available AC power. An early spring BBQ is allowed!
SOTAstations (Summits On The Air) are again invited to participate by operating from a qualified summit per SOTA rules
and guidelines. However, COVID-19 has halted activity in many areas as travel restrictions, closures of parks and mountain
hiking trails prevents access to many summits. If you are unable to activate a SOTA summit, by all means get on the air
and participate in QRPTTF instead.
SOTA (Summits On The Air) stations are our QRPTTF partners, gives us all more stations to work, "chasers" for the SOTA ops to
all 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 PARK station for the x3 multiplier.
SOTA stations: Please also send your 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.
A joint QRPTTF/SOTA
Administered solely by the QRP-L Internet Group
Saturday, April 18, 2020
your HOME shack - - - - OR - - - - your backyard FIELD station
Last year's QRPTTF
CORONA/COVID-19 VIRUS NOTICE:
Most communities are now under a stay-at-home, lock down, and/or travel restrictions to avoid unnecessary
contact with others. QRPTTF will be held from your HOME (or backyard) this year to conform to these health guidelines. Operating portable
from a park or other "field" location is not recommended for your safety. Please "Stay At Home" and have fun.
25th year ... Sponsored by Norcal 1995–2000
by QRP-L since 2001
Open Office version