The Morse Code, CW and Low Power Amateur Radio Club of Reno, Nevada

We are an ARRL affiliated club, promoting the concept of building and operating low power, battery powered Amateur Radio stations. We participate in portable, contesting operations, and general Amateur Radio education.

Field Day 2013

Field Day 2012

Field Day 2011

Field Day 2010

Field Day 2009

Field Day 2008

Field Day 2007

Field Day 2006

QRP Works!

Links to Related Sites

Slow Speed CW Net

Reno QRP Group
is hosting a slow speed CW net on Sunday afternoons to promote CW and aid newer CW enthusiasts an opportunity to practice their skills. The net is hosted by Sean, NB7A. The frequency is 28.140Khz which will allow all classes of licensees to participate. It begins at 1500 Pacific time (PDT/PST as appropriate). Initially speed will be 5 WPM.If further information is needed, contact Carl,

What does
QRP mean?

If you came across this site and are not familiar with QRP, it is a "Q" signal used in radio communication since the early days of morse code.

Generally, it means "low power" and has come to represent transmissions using 5 watts or less. (about the same power as a conventional 'nite lite')

A list of commonly used "Q" Signals may be found at:

AC6V Web Site

Steve Lybarger, NU7T Silent Key

Sunday Februray 22, Mimi Lybarger notified Carl, K5HK of Steve's passing on Friday 20, 2015.
Steve was a founding member of Reno QRP Group and pillar of the club.
Without his leadership and action many field day events and possibly the club's existance would not have occured.
He was a very active ham in northern Nevada for about 50 years.  He will be missed by all hams in the area.
Our condolenances to his wife Mimi.

Gary Grant, K7VY Silent Key

Sunday, February 1, the ham community was saddened by the news of Gary's passing.  He had been in and out Renown Medial for several weeks prior.
He was the "to go" guy in Northern Nevada for ham radio related problems or situations.  He dedicated many years of his life to bettering ham radio in Nevada and elsewhere.  We will miss him.
We all express our deepest condolences to Beth in this stressful time.
Funeral arrangements will be Monday, February 9 .  The location is Ross, Burke and Noble,  2155 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV.  11AM.

From Larry Oakley, W7AB

Gary Grant- K7VY- Silent Key
A funeral for my friend of 60 years, Gary Grant, will be held Monday, February 9th, at Ross, Burke and Knobel, 2155 Kietzke Lane Reno, NV at 11 AM, Burial will follow at 2 PM at the Mountain View Cemetery, 435 Stoker Avenue, Reno, NV.  Please join us in celebrating Gary's life.  Gary died February 1, in Reno.  He was 78.
Our journey into amateur radio began in 1956 when we met on the air.  We both joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Disaster Communications Group.  We responded to fires, earthquakes and other related calls. From that time Gary was hooked on the hobby.  Ham radio was the place to be!
Gary attended a broadcast school in Hollywood, CA, and after graduation he set out for a broadcasting career in California and Arizona. He attended Glendale Junior College, Pasadena City College and the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received his BA as well as Humboldt State, receiving his MPA degree.
Gary worked for Collins Radio in Iowa and California.  In 1962 he began work as a TV Engineer for my father at the newly built KCRL, Channel 4 in Reno. He worked there for 30 years and then took a position for the State of Nevada, retiring in 2000.  He was a part-owner of Sierra Electronics, a Motorola Service Station from 1965 to 1968.
He was a founding member of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society, The Quarter Century Wireless Association, Chapter 190, and the UNR Radio Pack. He was a Volunteer Examiner for the ARRL and W5YI since its inception, examining hundreds of applicants.
He volunteered his amateur radio skills for the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.  He also was a Sergeant in the Reno Police Departments SAVE Program, and a member of the Masonic Lodge #40, Reno.
Gary knew most radio hams by their call signs.  He attended most Field Days and was delighted to be appointed Nevada's Section Manager in 2014.  Gary will be remembered as fine gentlemen, always positive and willing to help. I admired him for his many attributes including his honesty and integrity.  He was a tireless volunteer, always there to assist fellow amateurs in their pursuit of excellence in the hobby.
Gary never said “no” when a request was made to provide assistance.  He embodied the “Elmer” concept.
Gary loved to travel.  He loved to pack his RV and head out on an adventure. His satisfied a life-long ambition by taking two cruises where he contacted many hams he had had QSO’s with over the years. His spirit of adventure was always present.
Survivors include his wife Beth, K7BTH, son Nicholas, KE7GGA, daughter Jennifer, grandson Justin, grand daughter Emily, and Aunt Miriam Douglas.
No flowers please. If you care to make a donation in Gary’s memory, please send your tax deductible donation to:   Paws 4 Love
                        P.O. Box 20925
                        Reno, NV 89515-0925
When you give to Paws 4 Love, you are supporting our outreach and programs with a mission that encourages literacy, volunteerism and well-being within our community.  They are an entirely volunteer run organization and all proceeds go directly into their programs. Gary and his late dog, Lucy were active participants.
Larry Oakley, W7AB

Monthly Luncheon Meeting

March  16, 2015

Reno QRP's monthly luncheon meeting will
return to the Alamo Truck Stop, Iron Skillet Resuarant.  Results of a poll on Hamdogs indicated members would rather stay at the Iron Skillet for the time being.  Usual time, 11:30 am.

Bring show-and-tell, and Field Day plans will be discussed.

See U There

Field Day Marshall for 2015
Carl,  K5HK did an outstanding job this year
organizing Field Day and guiding the club through another excellent event.  Thank you, Carl.
However, Carl woulf like to bow out for 2015.
We need a new face for this task which is easier each year as we plan to work out of the school again in 2015.

YL Luncheon Group

A monthly YL luncheon group meets the second Wednesday of the each month. The meeting takes place at a different restaurant each month to sample the cuisine all about town. YL hams as well as Non-ham YL's of hams are encouraged to attend.
For info on the next meet,
contact Yvonne Maxwell, W7YMM at:

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