Hi Steve and the group, I kind of wonder the same thing from time to time. It is pretty difficult to get into AO-27 on 5 watts especially on weekends and super especially on FD. This is not to say that it can't be done. If you time it just right, you can squeeze in there. I usually tape my downlink so I can hear what I sounded like and my 5 watts gets through just fine when it makes it. If I'm there, I'm there 100 percent, if not, then its only noise. Needless to say, on the weekends, it's mostly noise. I wonder too, if there ought not to be a regularly scheduled QRP day on AO-27 or maybe a portable day where the goal is to run as little power as possible preferably 10 watts or less. This could make for some fun experiments like can it be done with 1 watt or less? The satellite itself is only putting out something like 500mW, I think. Perhaps a better way to rate the sending station is by estimated EIRP -- 1 watt into a 20db gain antenna is not QRP! Maybe we could set 1 or 2 days a month and call them QRP days? John KM5EX note: I'm sure this will get me flamed big-time as you probably already have been, Steve, but like it or not folks, thats what I think. You're welcome to try to change my mind -- logic and reason are all it takes! Address all flames to /dev/null On 3 Jul 98 at 23:02, STEVE DIGGS wrote: <snipped> > So is that the deal? Is the old ham guide to run the lowest power to > get the job done out the door? If so, FB! I can run 50 watts just as > well as the next guy. > > Maybe we need to revisit this power issue and think about > experimenting with QRP passes, just to see what's really required.