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Available QRP books

Selected currently available books of interest to the QRPer.

All have been favourably reviewed (by myself or others) and are likely to be worthwhile purchases.

ARRL's Low Power Communication by Rich Arland K7SZ

This is a general purpose QRP manual with a mix of information on operating, antennas, equipment and kits.
It has inspired many into QRP. Low Power Communication first came out in 2004 with updates since.

Minimum QRP by Peter Parker VK3YE

Minimum QRP is a wide-ranging book covering most facets of QRP operating. It provides advice on equipment,
antennas, operating and strategy. Its content is suitable for beginners and more experienced amateurs alike.
If you've tried QRP but struggle to make contacts the reasons why could be contained here.

Hand-carried QRP antennas by Peter Parker VK3YE

Almost no theory but many practical ideas for portable antennas and accessories. Most are wire-based
and can be put together in an afternoon. HF pedestrian mobile antennas is one of the author's interests
covered in this book.

More Hand-carried QRP antennas by Peter Parker VK3YE

This is the follow-up from my first QRP antenna book above. While it describes antennas working as low as 1.8 MHz
it has a more upper HF/VHF/UHF emphasis.

QRP Basics by George Dobbs G3RJV

By Mr QRP himself, this is a great starter for the beginner QRPer. And the more experienced may learn something too!
Covering QRP antennas, equipment and operating, it's a good companion to my own Minimum QRP but is more homebrew oriented.

The Joy of QRP: Strategy for Success by Ade Weiss W0RSP

A QRP classic by another well-known QRP author. A great read for those who say they never have much luck with QRP.
Written in the early 1980s, the equipment chapters are a little dated but the operating chapters remain relevant.
The enthusiastic writing style makes it a 'must have' in the QRPers library.

Ideas and Projects for QRP by Igor Grigorov VA3ZNW

A compilation of articles written mostly by Russian hams in the early 2000s. A low-cost ebook it's mostly about antennas
but you will find a few receivers and transmitters in there as well. There's not a lot of detail in some of the articles
so treat it as an ideas source book for the more experienced builder.

Oscilloscope applications for the QRP enthusiast by James McClanahan W4JBM

If you want to measure and see how well (or badly) your homebrew QRP gear works then this low cost ebook could be for you.
Using a popular homebrew QRP transmitter and oscilloscope as an example you will learn how to make vital measurements such as output power, efficiency and keying quality. Care here will give you a rig that sounds so good on air people won't believe you built it.

Soldersmoke: Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics by Bill Meara N2CQR

A bit of everything: travelogue, biography, history and radio theory. Great read for anyone into QRP and homebrewing.

Portable Wire Antennas by John Hill KF7SQQ

A comprehensive manual suitable for the antenna experimenter. Read and be amazed at the variety of
antennas possible with a hunk of wire, a bit of land and a few poles.

Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio by Jack Purdom W8TEE

A collection of Arduino-based projects for radio amateurs. Some, such as the CW decoder,
power/SWR meter, frequency counter, DDS VFO and solar power source may interest QRPers.

The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications 2017

While not specifically a QRP book, every amateur should have at least one edition.
A great reference containing theory and practical projects.

Other QRP books

Other QRP books are out of print or are available through QRP clubs to members only.
Keep an eye out at hamfests, clearance and junk sales - you never know what you may find.
This video runs through some of the titles to look out for.

Disclaimer: I am the author of Minimum QRP and Hand-carried QRP antennas featured above.
I also receive a small commission for sales of other items through this site.


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