K3WWP's Ham Radio Activities

HOMEAWARDSCONTESTINGCTY HUNTINGCWDXHOMEBREWINGLINKSLOGSPROPAGATIONQRPQSLVISITORS LISTEmail Me
CreditsDiaryFAQsPicturesPollsSearchSite InfoSurveysSign GuestbookView GuestbookHam Radio?Who Am I?
Index 001-010 011-020 021-030 031-040 041-050 051-060 061-070 071-080 081-090 091-100 101-110 111-120 121-130 131-140 141-150 151-160 161-170 171-180 181-190 191-200 201-210 211-220

Polls
(#111-120 October 2008-August 2009)


#120 - In what situation(s) would you use QRO over QRP?
Date: 7/15/09-8/14/09 - Voters: 113

When                                        Nr   %
In an emergency situation                   58  51
I normally use both for all my operating    36  32
To grab rare DX, new state, new zone, etc.  31  27
I only operate QRP - period                 19  17
For a Special Event operation               17  15
During contests                             15  13
In traffic nets                             12  11
To answer a repeated QRL?                   11  10
For Field Day                                9   8
When someone QRM's my QRP signal             9   8
To finish a QSO started with QRP             7   6
Other - email me with your reason            1   1

Another good poll suggested by Mike KC2EGL. Fantastic - the one "Other" actually emailed me. Jack PA1W says, "I use solar energy to operate my QRP equipment. I own a K2, K3 and lots of homemade gear.... To keep my rechargeable batteries in a proper condition they must be uncharged time by time. Then I use QRO over QRP in a (non QRP) contest." Thanks Jack. That's interesting. Otherwise, I'm amazed (shocked?) that only about half of the voters would use QRO in an emergency. With my complete dedication to QRP operation, if it meant saving someone's life or property, I'd immediately go QRO. If I answer C to a QRL?, and it continues, I'd up the power to send C again, and have done so a couple times. Most of the answers fit into the expected range.



#119 - If you operated CW outside ham radio, how?
Date: 6/15/09-7/14/09 - Voters: 94

How                    Nr   %
Only in ham radio      54  57
Armed Services         22  23
Aboard ship             8   9
Aircraft or Airport     7   7
Coastal station         4   4
Railroad                0   0
Western Union           0   0
PTP Commercial station  0   0
Other                  13  14

Hey, some folks actually emailed me what their 'Other' vote stood for. I'm amazed! Here's a short synopsis of what they said. I wish I had space to tell their whole stories which were extremely interesting, but I've got to watch my bandwidth.
Bruce WY7N - Listening to airport beacons.
Bob WA6GFR - Using a buzzer box with a neighbor as a kid.
Larry W2LJ - Boy Scouts and other educational uses.
Dave W0CH - Microwave and radio tech on Ohio Turnpike.
Bill N2CF - Boy Scouts.
Tim AC5SH - Blowing truck horn in CW at cars looking like belonging to hams.
Thanks to the above for sharing. Otherwise I find it interesting to see no votes for Railroad, Western Union, or PTP stations. I guess those uses for Morse code expired long enough ago now that very few who did operate that way are gone now.



#118 - Which of the following HF antennas do you use currently?
Date: 5/15/09-6/14/09 - Voters: 164

Antenna                 Nr   %
Dipole                  70  40
Vertical                62  38
EF Long or Random wire  33  20
Inverted V              29  18
G5RV                    25  15
Yagi or LP              13   8
Inverted L              12   7
Horizontal Loop         11   7
Whip                    10   6
Vertical Loop            7   4
Phased verticals         3   2
Mini-loop                2   1
Stacked Beams            1   1
Quad                     0   0

I would say of all the polls I've run, this one came out the closest to what I expected as the results pretty much track with the antennas of folks I work on the air.



#117 - What source did you use to come to my web site just now?
Date: 4/15/09-5/14/09 - Voters: 122

Source                                    Nr   %
Favorites or Bookmarks                    44  36
NAQCC web site                            25  20
AC6V web site                             13  11
Windows Live, MSN or other search engine  10   8
Link on some other web site                8   7
FISTS web site or Keynote                  5   4
The home page on your computer             4   3
ARRL web site or QST                       2   2
W2LJ blog                                  2   2
An email                                   2   2
Buckmaster web site                        1   1
RAC web site                               1   1
QRZ.com                                    0   0
Other                                      5   4

Thanks for the info. It is useful to me in determining what steps need to be taken in the wake of the Alltel/Windstream changeover.



#116 - Tell us about your logging habits - what you keep in your log.
Date: 3/15/09-4/14/09 - Voters: 105

Habit                                               Nr   %
I log every one of my QSO's, but no on-air testing  61  59
I log every one of my QSO's and any on-air testing  28  27
I do not log any of my QSO's                         7   7

DX QSO's                                            18  17
Rag chew QSO's                                      15  15
CW QSO's                                            15  15
Contest and/or Sprint QSO's                         14  14
Especially interesting QSO's                        13  13
QSO's I plan to QSL                                 12  12
QSO's which I need to claim an award                12  12
Completed QSO's                                      9   9
Net check-in QSO's                                   8   8
QSO's in which I handle traffic                      3   3

Again some folks did not read or understand the instructions. Some of those who voted for one of the first three choices also voted for one or more of the last ten choices. None of the last ten choices should have had more than 9 votes since 94 of the 103 voters cast their vote for one of the first three choices. Anyway it was an interesting poll and encouraging that so many folks (85%) still keep complete logs of at least all their QSO's. Only a handful have dumbed down their logging after the FCC stupidly eliminated keeping a complete log from the Amateur Radio Rules and Regulations. I remember how back in the 60's when I was first licensed, you had to log EVERYTHING that you transmitted, be it making a QSO, calling CQ, testing your rig, and any other situation you sent out a bit of RF. It's a shame that is still not in effect, but like everything in society, it seems things have to be dumbed down to serve an increasingly lazy population.



#115 - If you have ever spontaneously dropped out of a CW QSO, what were the reasons?
Date: 2/15/09-3/14/09 - Voters: 137

Reason                                                       Nr   %
I lost the other station in QRM-QRN-QSB.                     87  64
The other op was too fast, and refused to QRS.               36  26
I accidently knocked the rig off frequency, losing the QSO.  28  20
My radio or key malfunctioned.                               28  20
The other op's CW was too sloppy to copy anything.           25  18
My shack lost power.                                         15  11
I received an emergency phone call.                          12   9
I never did so.                                               9   7
Nature called.                                                7   5
My wife or husband insisted.                                  6   4
The content of the QSO became objectionable to me.            6   4
I became ill.                                                 0   0

Reading the results should give everyone something to think about. Especially it is very important to QRS when someone requests you do so. Also if your CW is too sloppy, you will have trouble making and holding QSO's. I'm glad that objectionable material got such a low number of votes. I believe that would have been much higher if this had been a poll dealing with SSB. The vast overwhelming majority of CW operators are very gentlemanly or gentlewomanly. On CW there are virtually none of the objectionable things that are heard often on SSB. All of the other reasons listed and voted on are things that are accidental over which we have no control.



#114 - When were you first licensed and how old were you then?
Date: 1/15/09-2/14/09 - Voters: 322

When-Age                  Nr   %
2000-present - over 50    29   9
2000-present - 30-50      26   8
2000-present - 20-29       5   2
2000-present - under 20    4   1

1980-1999 -    30-50      51  16
1980-1999 -    20-29      19   6
1980-1999 -    under 20   12   4
1980-1999 -    over 50     7   2

1960-1979 -    under 20   77  24
1960-1979 -    20-29      23   7
1960-1979 -    30-50      16   5
1960-1979 -    over 50    11   3

Before 1960 -  under 20   24   7
Before 1960 -  over 50    13   4
Before 1960 -  20-29       3   1
Before 1960 -  30-50       2   1

I believe it is very obvious there is something wrong with the last choice in the poll. I don't think 13 hams 99 years of age or older actually voted. There may not even be that many hams 99 years of age or older in the entire World. Even with the clear wording of the question and the answers, I guess some still managed to misunderstand or were just screwing around. Otherwise I thought it turned out to be one of my most fascinating of all the 114 polls I've done. It shows very clearly a couple of things. First the ham population (at least those who understand and use CW and are most likely to be visiting my site in the first place) is a very old population. Second there are virtually no teenagers becoming hams lately. We've all known that, but this poll tends to confirm it, even though there are obviously not enough votes to be an accurate representation of the ham population as a whole, even the CW ham population.



#113 - On which bands have you made a QRP/CW QSO since 12-31-2004?
Date: 12/15/08-1/14/09 - Voters: 111

Band               Nr   %
40                 88  79
20                 60  54
80                 58  52
30                 43  39
15                 24  22
17                 23  21
10                 21  19
160                20  18
2                  14  13
12                 10   9
6                  10   9
Other VHF/UHF Band  5   5

Not many surprises here except that 2 meters beat out 6 meters. I have no explanation for that. Do you? Not surprising, but discouraging is the poor showing of the WARC bands. Perhaps because of contesting not being allowed on these bands?



#112 - Which of the following have you built from a kit?
Date: 11/15/08-12/14/08 - Voters: 187

Which                     Nr   %
Transceiver              115  61
Code Practice Oscillator  88  47
Receiver                  75  40
Keyer                     72  39
Transmitter               69  37
Antenna Tuner             55  29
Voltmeter                 55  29
Oscilloscope              21  11
None of the above         13   7

This new poll provider gives a more accurate representation of percentages than my old provider did. Instead of adding up all the individual vote totals for a grand total, it gives the grand total of how many people voted in the poll no matter if they only chose 1 answer or 10 answers. So it is easy to tell now what percentage of those who voted built a transceiver, for example. As far as actual results go, probably no surprises. I am pleased that so many folks have built CPO's since that shows a real desire to learn CW.



#111 - When operating mobile, do you:
Date: 10/15/08-11/14/08 - Voters: 275

What                       Nr   %
I never operate mobile CW  61  22
Use QRP                    42  15
Use a keyer                37  13
Use a straight key         29  11
Use headphones             29  11
Use break-in               28  10
Operate in motion          19   7
Use a manual transmission  14   5
Operate in contests        10   4
Use a bug                   6   2

Since I don't operate mobile in any shape or form, I can't really comment on the results of this poll, but I'm sure it proved interesting for those who do operate mobile CW. Thanks to Chuck W8LQ for suggesting it.