Summer Homebrew Sprint

Summer Sun


Date/Time:  2000Z to 2359Z on 9 July 2017


HF CW Only.


Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, ARCI member number
Non-Members send:  RST, State/Province/Country, Power Out

QSO Points:

Member = 5 points
Non-Member, Different Continent = 4 points
Non-Member, Same Continent = 2 points


SPC (State/Province/Country) total for all bands.  The same station may be worked on multiple bands for QSO points and SPC credit.

Power Multiplier:

>5 Watts = x1
>1 - 5 Watts = x7
>250 mW - 1 Watt = x10
>55 mW - 250 mW = x15
<55 mW = x20

Suggested Frequencies:

160m    1810 kHz
80m     3560 kHz
40m     7030 kHz (please listen at 7040 kHz for rock bound participants)
20m     14060 kHz
15m     21060 kHz
10m     28060 kHz


Final Score = Points (total for all bands) x SPCs (total for all bands) x Power Multiplier + Bonus Points.


If operating a HB Transmitter add 2000 points
If operating a HB Receiver add 3000 points
If operating a HB Transceiver add 5000 points
(Homebrew is defined as:  if you built it, it is homebrew (kits too!)

If you are operating PORTABLE using battery power AND a temporary antenna, add 5000 points to your final score.  (You can NOT be at your shack operating from battery power using your home station antenna to qualify for this bonus.)  This is to help level the playing field for contesters who work from the field against contest stations with 5 element yagis at 70 ft.


Entry may be All-Band, Single Band, High Bands (10m-15m-20m) or Low Bands (40m-80m-160m)

How to Participate:

Get on any of the HF bands except the WARC bands and hang out near the QRP frequencies.  Work as many stations calling CQ QRP or CQ TEST as possible, or call CQ QRP or CQ TEST yourself!  You can work a station for credit once on each band.

Log Submission:

Submit your entry online at

Contest logs are not required for entry, but may be requested by the Contest Manager if required.


Entries must be postmarked on or before 23 July 2017.


Will be published in QRP Quarterly and shown on the QRP-ARCI website.


Will be awarded to the top five scoring entrants.

Jeff - VA3JFF / VE3CW

QRP Hall Of Fame - news update

QRPARCI is proud to announce that two new inductees were elected to our Hall of Fame.

 Ashhar Farhan and Bill Meara received the necessary votes from the eligible body.  Folks will recognize Ashhar as the Indian inventor and popularizer of the BitX SSB home-brew series which has enabled hams from all over the world to assemble voice transceivers from available local parts.  One remarkable feature was the use of faucet washers as the core for the toroid coils the rigs needed--typical of the ingenuity involved in the work.  Currently, Farhan is developing a multi band rig based on the inexpensive and readily available Arduino and DDS chips, so that home brewers can build a competent transceiver for the whole HF spectrum.  Farhan was our dinner speaker at the FDIM banquet, where he reviewed the development of the BitX, and we surprised him with the news that he'd been elected to HOF. 

Bill Meara has been the tireless host of the online podcast, Soldersmoke, which publishes monthly.  He is nearing 200 episodes, each about an hour in length.  Originally co-hosted with Mike KL7R, Bill carried on alone after the untimely death of Mike.  The show covers construction and operating simple, mostly analog circuits, with humor and jargon, and it has hundreds of followers.  In more recent years, our HOF member, Pete Juliano, has joined with Bill to again make the show a two-ham discussion, while Pete continues to pull Bill into the digital age.  Bill is the author of several books, including "SolderSmoke, Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" which combines the saga of growing up in the ham radio tradition with explanations of radio technology and lore.  Bill is one of the Johnny Appleseeds of QRP in the last fifteen or so years.  If you haven't been listening to SolderSmoke, you're missing some great ham radio oriented entertainment.

Preston Douglas WJ2V, President

QRP Quarterly - January 2017

The latest QRP Quarterly (January2017) has been mailed to subscribers

Ensure delivery of the next 4 paper copies (and access to the digital edition) by joining QRP ARCI now - $25 for one year ($28 if not in USA)

QRP Amateur Radio Club International


QRP ARCI is a club for low power enthusiasts worldwide.

We produce a professional quality magazine (QRP Quarterly), organise an annual conference at Dayton ('Four Days In May' or FDIM), and sponsor various QRP contests and awards.



QRP Quarterly

QRP Quarterly - January 2017

QRP Quarterly - January 2017

Technical Articles

5 Idea Exchange—Mike Czuhajewski—WA8MCQ

Practical Propagation for the Everyday Ham—N2CX Finger Dimples from WalMart—W3TS

None Simpler Portable Antenna Insulators—NM5S Homebrewer’s Guide To Recycling—KK6FUT Whisper Sidetone—Shhhh! —ND6T

Hammond Plastic Project Boxes—VE3IPS Variations on PCB Method—KC7CJ

Portable Tent Pole Vertical Antenna—KK6FUT Alternative to Etching Muppet Boards—W5USJ

16 630 Meters for the QRPer—Paul Signorelli—WA2XRM (WØRW)

20 The QEC Antenna: A New Design—Akira Motohashi—JP1QEC

23 How Low Can You Go?—Robert Rosier—K4OCE

26 WSPR and the Raspberry Pi—Scotty Cowling—WA2DFI

30 Troubleshooting and Repair Techniques—Mike Bryce—WB8VGE

38 Antennas 101: A Look Back 25+ Years—Gary Breed—K9AY

The Joy of QRP

17 Clubs Make CW More Fun—Dan Romanchik—KB6NU

24 Pedestrian Mobile with the KX2 as a Hand-Held Rig—Greg Lane—N4KGL

The World of QRP ARCI

2 QRP Quarterly Advertising Information

3 Editorial—Mitch Gill—NA7US


18 FDIM 2017 Announcement

40 New or Renewal Membership Application


40 QRP ARCI Staff and Directors  

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