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 [[http://​www.qrparci.org/​|QRP Quarterly]] has a column asking 10 questions of QRP operators. I offered mine for the April 2019 issue. I don't think there'​s any issue with publishing it here in advance: [[http://​www.qrparci.org/​|QRP Quarterly]] has a column asking 10 questions of QRP operators. I offered mine for the April 2019 issue. I don't think there'​s any issue with publishing it here in advance:
  
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 N9DK Dave N9DK Dave
  
-Q1: Favorite Mode:  +Q1: Favorite Mode: \\ 
-CW, although I enjoy the digital modes such as FT8, as well; I wish I would spend more time on CW and restore my speed to what it was decades ago!+A1: CW, although I enjoy the digital modes such as FT8, as well; I wish I would spend more time on CW and restore my speed to what it was decades ago!
  
-Q2: Current QRP Radios:  +Q2: Current QRP Radios: ​\\ 
-KX3 with 2m module+A2: KX3 with 2m module
  
-Q3: Favorite antenna out in the field:  +Q3: Favorite antenna out in the field: ​\\ 
-I use the EFT Trail Friendly from LNR precision; I pack arborist throwing line (great strength, weight, and slippery on bark) and an 11m carbon fiber pole weighing 1.25 pounds; for balconies and vacation operation, I use a Buddipole with a homemade clamp (significant thanks to K0XI) for a base+A3: I use the EFT Trail Friendly from LNR precision; I pack arborist throwing line (great strength, weight, and slippery on bark) and an 11m carbon fiber pole weighing 1.25 pounds; for balconies and vacation operation, I use a Buddipole with a homemade clamp (significant thanks to K0XI) for a base
  
-Q4: What contests do you participate in?  +Q4: What contests do you participate in? \\ 
-I check WA7BNM contest calendar every weekend I'm free and try to make a few contacts in any mode; CWT; with K0XI leading the charge, we've mounted multiple serious 7QP adventures in remote county lines, Nevada; I join K6EI for every field but my CW isn't usually needed until the 4 AM shift! I love SOTA and tend to target anything unactivated I can reach - the California Sierras are great for this.+A4: I check WA7BNM contest calendar every weekend I'm free and try to make a few contacts in any mode; CWT; with K0XI leading the charge, we've mounted multiple serious 7QP adventures in remote county lines, Nevada; I join K6EI for every field but my CW isn't usually needed until the 4 AM shift! I love SOTA and tend to target anything unactivated I can reach - the California Sierras are great for this.
  
-Q5: What is on your wish list?  +Q5: What is on your wish list? \\ 
-Making a portable FT8 setup as documented by OH8STN; a 432 transverter (Transverter Store) for VHF contesting; making an ultralight/​small capacitance-touch paddle (based on TTP223)+A5: Making a portable FT8 setup as documented by OH8STN; a 432 transverter (Transverter Store) for VHF contesting; making an ultralight/​small capacitance-touch paddle (based on TTP223)
  
-Q6: Operating tips:  +Q6: Operating tips: \\ 
-Just jump in and try it; it doesn'​t matter if you make a mistake or don't make any contacts; did you setup an antenna and power on a radio? I've had many failed adventures (zero HF IOTA contacts while NA-023, total failure at W6/NE-210), but had a blast trying+A6: Just jump in and try it; it doesn'​t matter if you make a mistake or don't make any contacts; did you setup an antenna and power on a radio? I've had many failed adventures (zero HF IOTA contacts while NA-023, total failure at W6/NE-210), but had a blast trying
  
-Q7: Do you use any tablets, smartphones,​ or laptops in the field? +Q7: Do you use any tablets, smartphones,​ or laptops in the field? ​\\ 
-My first filter is weight; my phone (see Q9 for apps) always comes with me; sometimes tablet for logging; laptop on all vacations; QRPWorks sidecar, although I haven'​t gotten smooth enough to send/​receive CW and work the buttons+A7: My first filter is weight; my phone (see Q9 for apps) always comes with me; sometimes tablet for logging; laptop on all vacations; QRPWorks sidecar, although I haven'​t gotten smooth enough to send/​receive CW and work the buttons
  
-Q8: Batteries for Power choice:  +Q8: Batteries for Power choice: ​\\ 
-I use the KX3 battery option with NiMH - quick to setup, pack up, and light. I've got a 7.5 Ah LiFePo for car camping and a Habor Freight jump-start battery pack with lighter sockets+A8: I use the KX3 battery option with NiMH - quick to setup, pack up, and light. I've got a 7.5 Ah LiFePo for car camping and a Habor Freight jump-start battery pack with lighter sockets
  
-Q9: Smart phone apps:  +Q9: Smart phone apps: \\ 
-GPS Test; Heavens Above; PeakBagger; PeakFinder; SOTA Spotter; QST; Zinio (for CQ Magazine)+A9: GPS Test; Heavens Above; PeakBagger; PeakFinder; SOTA Spotter; QST; Zinio (for CQ Magazine)
  
-Q10: Do you pack a First Aid Kit out in the field?  +Q10: Do you pack a First Aid Kit out in the field? ​\\ 
-Yes, I have a small one with only the most basic ingredients;​ I'm always worried about weight, but should probably have a bigger/​better kit.+A10: Yes, I have a small one with only the most basic ingredients;​ I'm always worried about weight, but should probably have a bigger/​better kit.
  
  
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