Frequencies of Interest to QRP Operators
From the Colorado QRP Club Website
"Over the years there has been some disagreement as to what the QRP calling frequencies should actually be. These disagreements are due, in part, to changes in WARC frequencies, license structure, and other modes (i.e., RTTY calling frequencies, voice "watering holes," etc.). On 18 June 2000 WBJNR proposed (over QRP-L, CQC-L and various private lists and on-air nets) that the amateur community re-examine the QRP calling frequencies. After a few months, and many Email exchanges, it was agreed that the calling frequencies would stay where they are (for the time being...)."

Maxwell Moon posted in the QRP-L list
"Five years have passed between that note & Jay's question. Below is a list of QRP calling frequencies for CW. I put this together by combining the lists posted on these websites: AC6V, ARRL Considerate Op List, Australian QRP Home Page @ VK3YE, Arizona sQRPions Club, Colorado QRP Club, DL-QRP Club (Germany), G-QRP Club (UK), K2 Quick Reference Guide (@, ARRL QRP Columnist Tony Luscre (K8ZT), Maes Electronics (BE, Belgium), New Jersey QRP Club, QRP-ARCI, QRP-Canada, QRP Ring List, RAAG (Radio Amateur Association of Greece), and RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain). I eliminated only the errors (e.g. 18.960, 18.069). If a frequency was unusual I tried to note where I found it. "

Frequencies of Interest to QRP Operators -HF
1.810Std NA-EU
1.843*^HB projects esp
3.560*+Std NA-EU
3.579^xrColorburst Crystal (HB projects) Rockmite
3.586rRockmite - Novice Band
3.587rRockmite - Novice Band
3.6864Cheap microprocessor crystal in Novice/Tech+ segment; used by the Knightlites (NC) in the Knightlite 'SMiTE', and the North Georgia QRP Club in their 'Noganaut' project. Also, an 80 meter Rockmite kit is available with this Rock. The Knightlites, North Georgia QRP Club, have nets on this frequency.
3.710Std US Novice
7.030*+^Std EU
7.035QRP-L (According to several non-QRP-L websites)
7.060EU @ BE
7.110Std US Novice
7.112xNorCal Crystal
7.121xrRockmite kit is available for this frequency in the 40 meter Novice/Tech+ band.
7.121xrRockmite kit is available for this frequency in the 40 meter Novice/Tech+ band.
10.116*+QRP-L & Other lists as the ?new? Std (to 10.106 - also DX Calling Freq)
14.060*^rStd - Rockmite
18.080Only @ CO QRP Club
18.086*G-QRP Club Only
18.096*+includes several errors @ 18.069)
18.106Only @ G-QRP Club
21.060*+^Std NA-EU
21.110Std US Novice
24.906*+Std NA
24.910CO QRP Club Only
28.060*+^Std NA
28.110Std US Novice


  • * = G-QRP Club
  • + = RSGB
  • ^ = VK3YE?s Australian QRP Home Page Lli>r = Rockmites - fix-tuned, two frequencies
  • x = indicates primary crystal controlled operations(Added by Thom LaCosta K3HRN)
  • VK QRP page & ARRL Considerate Operator's Guide list no QRP CFs for either 17M or 12

Submitted by Maxwell Moon - k0max
Additional information submitted by Curt Milton - wb8yyy

Frequencies of Interest to QRP Operators -Six Meters
50.060 - 50.080CW beacons (unattended sub-band)
Note:See also:
50.080 - 50.100CW QSOs
50.100 - 50.125DX Window
50.110DX Calling Frequency
50.125NA SSB Calling Frequency
50.133 - 50.430Voice Nets
Note:See also:
50.255FSK441 CQ D## lower practical limit for most QSOs
50.270FSK441 Calling Frequency
50.285FSK441 CQ U## upper practical limit for most QSOs
50.291BeaconNet^31 (with +1500 Hz PSK audio)
50.300FM Simplex on West Coast
50.360 - 50.550AM Voice
Note:See also:
50.400National AM Calling Frequency
50.550BeaconNet.25 USB (experimental)
50.600DX Packet Cluster Links (California)
50.620National AX.25 Packet Calling Frequency (some APRS)
50.7402400 baud AX.25 Links in Minnesota
50.800 - 50.980Radio Control every 20 kHz

The frequencies from here up to 54 MHz are pretty much the way they are listed in the ARRL Repeater Directory.

Submitted by Chuck Carpenter - W5USJ
This table first appeared in the Summer 2004 QRP Quarterly.

Frequencies of Interest to QRP Operators -Two Meters
144.00 - 144.05EME (CW)
144.05 - 144.10General CW and weak signal
144.10 - 144.20EME and weak-signal SSB
144.200 National SSB Calling Frequency - (note by W5USJ - also CW)
144.200 - 144.275General SSB Operations
144.275 - 144.300Propagation Beacons - (unattended)

Pretty much the rest of the band is packet, repeaters and satellites. Packet is generally on the odd steps 145.01, 03, 05, 07 and 09.

Submitted by Chuck Carpenter - W5USJ
This table first appeared in the Summer 2004 QRP Quarterly.

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