|On February 27, 2003, I climbed up to the top of a nearby
mountain and tried out the new configuration. It was a cold and snowy
day, but propagation was favorable. With my FT-817 set to 2-1/2 watts
to conserve power, I worked Brazil and Uruguay. At the bottom of the page is the
qsl.cc card I received from Rainer, CX8FB. He was 6,000 miles away
which made it a 2,400 miles-per-watt contact.
Below is a picture of me returning from another winterly day in the
field. You can just barely see the balloon above the pole. I was the
only one out there that evening and I really wanted to get a shot of
this. I rolled down the window of the pickup, balanced the camera
against the headrest and set the timer. It took several tries of
hitting the shutter, running fifty feet out into the field to get
everything in the image and then spinning around to face the camera.
That explains the less-than-vertical pole.