QRP ARCI Challenge - The BIG 13

Jim Stafford, W4QO

Each year QRP ARCI organises an operating event known as 'The QRP Challenge'.

In 2013 the challenge is to work at least 100 QRP ARCI club members to qualify for The BIG 13 Award.

There was a time, in the 60s and 70s, when QRP ARCI members were working each other on QRP and exchanging membership numbers. In fact, some of the early issues of the QRP Quarterly were filled with reports from members showing achievements working other members – tracking their totals.

You may (in fact, are encouraged) to work members multiple times even though only the first contact in 2013 will count. Numbers exchanged during QRP ARCI contests will of course count toward your totals.  You'll also be asked for the name of your favorite local, regional, or international QRP club (if you have one) and special recognition will go to those clubs who turn out the greatest number of members playing.

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QRP Frequencies

Center of Activity

These are not Calling Frequencies, they are Centers Of Activity - places where QRPers are likely to be found.

Of course, you may operate QRP anywhere that your license allows. If you have a VFO, then use it - but check around the QRP Frequencies on a regular basis.

Table of QRP Frequencies

QRP Power

QRP operation for QRP ARCI purposes is defined as operation with a transmitter power output equal to or less than 10 W PEP output for single-sideband or double-sideband phone (suppressed or full-carrier) and equal to or less than 5 W PEP output for other modes (e.g. CW, FM, AM, digital).

QRP ARCI awards and contests are based on these output levels.

Looking for QRPers

HAMjitsu websiteAn innovative website has been created by Julio Jimenez AK4VL. Linking in real time to the Reverse Beacon Network and the QRP ARCI membership database, it displays a list of QRP ARCI members who are on the air.

The HAMjitsu Club spotter site is a great tool for anyone trying to boost their score in the QRP ARCI 'Big 13' Challenge ! 

Getting heard by QRPers

QRPspots

Next time you call CQ and get no reply, try announcing your presence on the QRP Spots website.

Tell other QRPers that you are on the air and looking for contacts. Of course you can use the QRP Spots website from the shack, but there are other options for /P portable stations and backpackers. Post your message via Twitter or, to keep things entirely ham related send an APRS message from a compatible handheld.

QRP ARCI sponsors plaque

Jerry Fiore, N4JF

QRP ARCI is committed to the promotion of QRP and the support of QRP clubs, groups and manufacturers.

In the 2012 Indiana QSO Party we sponsored a plaque for the top QRP score outside Indiana.

The winner was Jerry Fiore N4JF.

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QRPspots

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NOTE: Times are in UTC.

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