On the QRP-L.Org mailing list, there’s been some discussion about why people become QRPers. Here’s the list so far:
- High power is too easy. These folks enjoy the challenge of QRP.
- There are restrictions on antennas where they live.
- They’re tree huggers who want to conserve energy.
- They like to build their own equipment.
- They’re too cheap to buy high-power gear.
- They’re campers or hikers and like to take ham gear along with them.
- They blew up their finals and are too lazy to get the rig fixed.
Rick, KC0PET opined, “I am a tree hugger. Every time I climb a tree to hang a QRP antenna, I hug
the tree…keeps me from falling.” I’d add a #8: QRPers are more fun to hang out with than the QRO guys.