Calm down QRP enthusiasts, don't get your coax in a twist!
Notice the title is in quotes. I didn't say that. I mean, you know, I like to think that I have a little QRP cred. I list a lot of QRP-oriented blogs, links, etc. and operate QRP now and then myself.
My long-time elmer W6WU said that in a recent e-mail exchange. Now, before you go sending him hate mail, let me tell you about Dan Keefe's contribution to ham radio, to me personally.
When my interest in ham radio was re-kindled around the end of '96 Dan found me on a ham forum inquiring about CW. Dan, who has brought along dozens of CW ops (his last effort was with a group of new ops in Chile), offered his help. That was the start of a beautiful friendship that continues today. Not only did he get me on my way with respect to CW, but he lit a fire under my ass, as I'm sure he'd put it. He inspired me to lift my sights from General to Extra and coached me the whole way. Six months later I had the Extra ticket, back when a code test was still required. He continued his coaching, sometimes good cop, sometimes bad, until I got my Morse legs under me. I will be forever grateful to him for that.
Not only for the above, but because Dan served his country as a Marine (he fought at Chosin Reservoir in Korea), is a self-made millionaire, became a radiology therapist mid-life when he was bored, and continues to help homeless veterans to learn new skills that can get them work, and so many other things, I have a deep respect for this guy.
You have to understand that Dan lives his life in a straightforward, direct manner. Educated, but plain spoken he will often make an off-hand remark as above, with no intention of dissing anyone (idiot politicians are the exception). He just means "Life's Too Short ... for me". Having passed 80 years of age and with health problems, that is especially true now. Maybe the next time you hear someone carelessly diss QRP you'll remember that it doesn't make them a bad person.
My attitude is live and let live. I'm not a fanatic about what power I'm using, though I know the thrill of HF QRP DX, it's as fun as a barrel of coatis. But, sometimes, I just like to get on the air and ragchew or work a lot of ops and I don't want to struggle to do it. I want to see how far I can reach QRO, too. People who diss QRO or QRP might be suffering a little lack of self-confidence in the final analysis, though that's hard to fathom in Dan's case.