Oak Hills WM-2 QRP Wattmeter
One of the most interesting things that has happened since October is how I have re-invented myself from avid DXer to CW QRO and QRP enthusiast, but with a full on living history twist.
It’s not based on a nostalgia kick, but it is nostalgic. It’s more like keeping some old traditions alive, and celebrating the past, but not as a collector or sniveling angry “kids these days” point of view, but more as a “technology archivist”. Think Computer History Museum, but with an even more hands on, working bent. Maybe KPH or Alameda’s California Historical Radio Society – two places I really have to get to, and soon.
The two QRP rigs that I have, the NorCal40A and the Red Hot 40 are 1990’s QRP Classics, and they are very serious rigs that have a sound and “feel” all of their own.
Because most wattmeters just don’t cover QRP power levels very well, it’s time to have a meter for this purpose.
Luckily, I also have dummy loads that can handle much more than 5 watts, so as far as alignment and testing, I’ll be all set up.