I gave a presentation entitled 'Occam's Scrip: the Minimalist Measurement Mindset' at the QRP-ARCI Four Days in May Convention in 2016...
" QRPers are defined by our willingness to operate with restricted power – but we’re also often held together as a group by a healthy interest in other minimalist strategies. This presentation takes a look at the minimalist approach to measurement, in which the luxuries of a fully-equipped RF laboratory are foregone (out of choice or necessity) and replaced by a handful of inexpensive components, some traditional measurement methods and the application of good, old-fashioned common sense. Whilst such an approach might not be appropriate for product development, the benefits of this back-to-basics strategy within the context of a leisure-time activity which we pursue for our own re-creation are profound.
Paul takes a look at some of the simplest measurement tasks we might meet in the course of noodling and homebrewing and takes the opportunity to re-mind himself how the simplest strategies still have much to teach – especially when partnered with some of the new toys and techniques widely available in the digital age."
Below you'll find files with the text of the written paper and the slides used to accompany the talk.