--- In cascadeqrp@yahoogro ups.com
, Huston Gruen <hgruen1@... > wrote:
> Has anybody concidered a Pie and Coffee evening meeting during the
week like the guys up north do? It seems the second Saturday of every
month is really loaded in meetings for me. I would like to attend,
but two or three meetings in one day is more than I can handle!! Do
any of the locals monitor the pQRP group on 3551 on Monday evening at
7:00 PM? My code speed is still too slow but I can hear most of them
> Huston Gruen K7ITA
> Vancouver, Wash.
Funny you bring this up. NT7S and I were unaware of the Cascade
group, so we proposed a "Portland area" P&C right on the pQRP
Yahoogroup. We were told that there was a Portland group, but neither
of us found any links or a webpage, so we
proceeded to "hold" our own
breakfast. It's documented in text and photos onhttp://www.nt7s. com/blog/ 2008/07/inaugura l-pqrp-portland- eggs-coffee/
a typical QRP gathering, we scattered half-built PC boards on the
restaurant table, pored over schematics, shared our experiences using
circuit analysis software, etc. But it's not a regular gig, and we
certainly did not want to "replace" any existing QRP/homebrew focused
Like you, I would actually find evening meetings during the week more
amenable to my schedule. I try to reserve weekends for those projects
needing long periods of focused attention. With tomorrow's meeting
being on the east side, I probably won't make it, but I do try (when I
remember about them) to make the west side breakfasts.
The Monday night pQRP net is usually
reachable from here in PDX. I've
checked in a few times...just plumb forgot last Monday, as I got
involved in working on the sheetrock for our remodel. It's best to
have QRO available; propagation lately has brought in unintentional
QRM from Texas and Wisconsin traffic nets, who seem to not hear us.
It can be quite a fun net when Wayne NB6M is working 1W from his
sailboat in the bay and tells us what he's experienced that day.
Since the pQRP net generally has 6-8 checkins, probably the thing to
do for now is just join their net. Send slow; the guys promise to
slow down if someone needs them to do so.
Also, NT7S and I are talking about heading up to Bothell some time
when they hold their P&C meets. A three hour drive for a ham radio
club meeting? But when folks like NB6M and KK7P in the group, it
would be anything but an ordinary meeting.
Far flung west