QRP To The Field (QRPTTF)
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Updated 8 April 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
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
HOME, BACKYARD, FIELD or SOTA
OUTBACK DEUX . . . ROUND TWO
Whoda thought a year ago ... the Covid thing would still be with us? Or, the new solar Cycle 25
would still be a dud? Well, here we are.
QRP TO THE FIELD this year will be to:
1) Operate "Outback" from your home
2) Operate "Outback" in your back yard
3) Operate from a true, blue "Outback" field location
4) Operate from a SOTA summit
health restrictions vary widely from state-to-state, and even county-by-county. Therefore, participate in QRPTTF as you feel comfortable
with and to conform to health or travel restrictions in your area.
"Outback" in your Shack
"Outback" in your Back Yard
"Outback" in the, well, Outback
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, make QSOs and have fun.
Operation from your home shack is allowed this year.
participation by QRP hams of all skill levels.
CW speeds are usually in the 13-20 wpm range.
Exchange: RST, SPC, Name
Mode: CW and SSB
Power: QRP only (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, 28060 KHz
CW SOTA watering holes: 3563, 7063, 14063, 21063, 28063 +/- 2 KHz
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 Saturday, May 8, 2021
Paul Harden, NA5N
72 Polvadera Heights Road
Lemitar, NM 87823
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 - and QRP.
The original Social Distancing
Safe Operating Practices!
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
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. SOTA stations count as any QRPTTF contact, PLUS - each summit worked counts
as an SPC.
SOTA stations: Please submit your score. All SOTA contacts count for QRPTTF.
Working the SOTA Stations: SOTA
stations do not generally operate search-and-pounce. The standard SOTA calling frequencies are about 3.563, 7.063, 14.063,
21.063 and 28.063 MHz. So check those frequencies periodically for SOTA activity. If you don't know where the station
is located, just ask for his SPC.
Working the same station from different summits (different summit ID exchange) do not count
Other contests on April 24, 2021
Florida QSO Party
10-10 Spring Contest, Digital (10M only)
SP (Poland) DX RTTY Contest
Get an SPC (or look it up) with another contest or QSO
and it counts
for QRPTTF – as long as YOU are QRP.
Come on, man ... get on the air!!!