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QRO vs. QRMIt’s come to my attention that a few simpletons in our hobby believe that high power stations (QRO) are somehow worse than QRM.  Some of these “little pistols” (they call themselves) believe “big gun” (high power, high gain antenna) guys have some sort of unfair advantage, and on more than a few occasions have cost little pistols some QSO’s.  They say these QRO guys and their big stations are bad for the hobby.  QRO stations are examples of what’s not needed (or wanted) in our great hobby.

I think it’s kinda’ creepy they think this way.

My thoughts are a high power station’s odds of working that rare DX station in a pile-up are much better than some low power station.  A QRO station that does have a clue in what he (or she) is doing, well, they’re in and out of most DX pile-ups rather quickly.  One and done.  Sometimes in seconds.  A little anti-climatic, but nonetheless – it’s over.  Free to go cut the grass.  Change the oil in the car.  Go for a ride on the motorcycle.  They’re surely not cluttering up the airwaves or taking up bandwidth, right?  Through years, even decades in this hobby you assemble knowledge and you build a station capable of hearing (and being heard), and now you’re expected to step aside for some little pistol because he’s been calling for hours?  He’s “entitled” to a QSO because he’s a little pistol?  Bwahahahahaha, now that’s  funny!

Ham Radio QRO vs. QRMAnd while Mr. QRO is out to dinner with his wife, the low power G5RV guys are still calling, and calling, and calling, and calling, and bitching, and complaining on forums and chat boards – hours, sometimes even days later.  I’ve also know a few of these QRO complaining clowns that after hours and hours of calling, they never did work the DX station, but they feel if you called enough times and sent $5 USD then that counts for a legitimate QSO.  I did not know that was considered a Ham Radio two-way contact!

So who is really the QRM?  The QRO guy that’s in and out, or the little pistol guy that incessantly calls for hours, days, maybe even weeks?  Even when they forget they’re operating split once every 10 or 20 calls, that’s still 100 times too many to call on the DX transmit frequency.

Seems to me these QRO complaining Lids have got their panty’s in a twist – over nothing.

There’s room in this hobby for everybody.  QRP, QRO, and everything in between.  But when you start throwing your opinion around, remember others have opinions too.  It works both ways, just as a real two-way QSO should, QSL?

Life’s too short for QRP.

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  1. Steve Wiggins says

    Excellent! I got my ticket in 1973. Operated until 1978. Started up again in 2014. It took me a couple of years to build my station… The last item on the equipment list was the amplifier. It changed my life! It waited, saved my money…. Built my tower and beam… That was great. But I got this amplifier, not the most powerful out there, and it changed my life. These folks need to get a grip. Everything in life is competitive. And if you want to move to a higher position on the heap… Quit complaining and do something about it.

  2. Mike KJ4Z says

    I have heard a lot of complaining about the “greenie hunters” but I don’t recall hearing much griping about anyone running the legal limit. Where do these moaners congregate?

    After 23 years on the air, I finally picked up an Acom 1500 this spring but I’ve never even plugged it in. I was going to have to get 220 volt service installed to my shack in a 100 year old rental house with plaster walls and an anxious landlady and it started to just seem like more trouble than it was worth. Especially in the close confines of a suburban neighborhood. For those who enjoy QRO, great. I think I’ll stick to my QRPp KPA-500 for now. The neighbors probably hear me on their fillings already but they’ve been too polite to say so.

  3. Roger AC6BW says

    This is unbelievable that someone would send $5 to a DX QSL manager and expect a card in return, after not working the DX!! I’d never heard of this. Is this documented anywhere? I would hope that none of these folks were successful in getting a QSL in this unscrupulous manner!
    I agree with you on the QRO vs QRP issue. I run 600W, because that is the max safe power limit for my 2 el yagi, but I usually manage to get through the pileups. And it doesn’t take hours on end. Maybe a couple of hours, at most, depending on the DX location, the pileup dynamics and if I’m trying to work through the East Coast wall. Just 6 dB of gain from the amp, plus the forward gain of a small yagi, can make a huge difference! I ran 100W for a short while, trying to break DX pileups in 2014, after getting back into the hobby after being QRT for 14 yrs. That sure didn’t last long! I broke out my old SB-200 from storage, and worked FT4TA Tromelin long path on 40m CW for an ATNO one morning. After that, I was hooked again on DX!

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