CRES QRP Special Interest Group

Four Days In May (FDIM)

by Steven G. Katz N8WL, Granville, Ohio

Four Days In May (FDIM) is an annual gathering of QRP (low power) enthusiasts that runs concurrently with the Dayton Hamvention. It is held at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio, and spans Thursday through Sunday of Hamvention weekend in May (see Calendar). Activities include an all-day seminar on Thursday featuring presentations by a half dozen noted speakers in the QRP field, Meet-the-Speakers Night, Vendors' Night, QRP Club Night, and a gala banquet.

The CRES QRP Special Interest Group (SIG) has sponsored a table at the QRP Club Night for the past couple of years, where admission was free and open to everyone. In addition to just having a presence (being on the QRP map, so to speak) we were able to meet other QRPers and talk about equipment, antennas, operations, and all the other aspects that make QRP such a challenge and so much fun. We displayed photos of our past QRP operations in a slide show on a laptop computer, and those photos generated a good bit of interesting discussion.

Also on the table we showed some of the gear we used for our events or that members were involved in building or using for QRP in general. The ballroom of the Holiday Inn is jam-packed with QRPers and interested hams, and our table was a huge success.

Photo 1. FDIM 2014 CRES Table - Dave K8AX talks about his solar panel while Steve N8WL and Fred WA8PGE look on. Photo 2. Doug W8NFT shows two curious hams something interesting on his laptop display, while Fred WA8PGE talks to a ham about his rig and antenna. Photo 3. Steve N8WL, show slides and talks about CRES's QRP SIG to fellow hams Rich K8MEG and Helene W8MEG from Michigan Photo 4. CRES member Weldon K8NQ talks to Fred WA8PGE and Doug W8NFT. Dave

In 2015, owing to the untimely death of Fred Saas WA8PGE, our only QRP event was the August Ohio QSO party, but contacts were few and far between. This year we hope to be more active.