Rev George Dobbs G3RJV - SK

Rev. George Dobbs G3RJV - SK

Rev. George Dobbs  G3RJV




We learned this morning that Rev. Dobbs passed away in the wee hours, at home and with his family near.  George was a long time member of the QRP ARCI, and a frequent speaker during the many Four Days in May symposiums.  George was also the founder of the G-QRP club in Great Britain, and was active with the RSGB as a contributor to many books and articles throughout the years.

George designed the world famous "Sudden Receiver" in 1989 and it was featured at FDIM 2009 as the Buildathon project, and it is still sold in kit form today.   His tales of minimalist radio operations showed us all QRP was incredibly fun, and rewarding. 

George was the long time editor of Sprat magazine, the newsletter of the G-QRP and it was always full of minimalist projects suitable for the beginner or the advanced builder.  A member of the QRP ARCI QRP Hall of Fame and member 4180, he will be missed by the global QRP community. 

He taught us about Occum's Razor, and the meaning of the word "pelf".  


1 Watt SSB - USA to South Africa

QRP ARCI member Don Bush WA2TPU had a 3-way QSO with ZS1RJQ and ZS1PZ.
The QSO was recorded and should be an inspiration to everyone to try SSB at QRP power levels
Listen as the 3 stations drop their power levels to 1 Watt

Getting heard by QRPers


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 Hall Of Fame

QRP Hall Of Fame inductees are usually announced at FDIM (Four Days In May) and in the July issue of QRP Quarterly

Applications will be open for nominations to the QRPARCI Hall of Fame.  There is no special form or application, and nominations may be made by individuals, clubs, or even the nominee him/herself.  Nominations will be accepted until March 30, 2018 and voting will be done around April 15 by the eligible officers and board members of QRPARCI.  Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preston Douglas WJ2V, president QRPARCI


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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

Ozark Patrol from 4SQRP

Ozark Patrol receiver

The Ozark Patrol from 4SQRP is a regenerative receiver designed by QRP Hall Of Fame member, Dave Cripe NM0S

It's easy to put together and works really well for such a simple design. A support group is on hand if you get stuck.

Take a look at the Ozark Patrol page on the 4SQRP website.

QRP Hall of Fame Has a new Member!

QRP-ARCI Announces Hall of Fame Induction at FDIM 2018

Nominated by the Kendall Amateur Radio Association; Prolific QRP OP and recipient of the first QRP DXCC, published his first solid state QRP design in 1972, the OCE Minirig,  that became one of the first successful popular QRP rigs.

His nomination was supported by multiple Hall of Fame members; he's been published in the Michigan Milliwatt, CQ, QST and QRP Quarterly multiple times over decades, and as recently as 2017, and in the spirit of volunteerism in this club, this nominee stepped up to fill an associate editor position in QQ’s roster. This active QRP Ham has contributed significantly and steadily to our QRP hobby for 65 years.  I present the newest elected Hall of Fame member, Bob Rosier K4OCE.  Congratulations Bob!

Preston Douglas

President of the QRP-ARCI

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.

QRP Quarterly Index

QRP Quarterly cover

An index of QRP Quarterly artcicles has been compiled by Chuck Boblenz AD6GI.

Two versions are available listing by author and by article title.

They cover QRP Quarterly magazines published between 1980 and 2012

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Propagation Update

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