do I begin? With
the exception of a new matching unit, I have used this setup for all of
my pedestrian mobile work for over two years. The antenna has been used
in Hawaii when I went
there in 2004 for a business trip.
In October of 2005 I hiked up to Mt Zion at 7,000 feet a.s.l. and made some great DX contacts during and just before the CQWW SSB contest. First there was EA1MR in Spain followed by CT3/N6MJ in the Madeira Islands just before the contest. Later I worked JAØJHA in Japan and KH7X in Hawaii. In three hours I had crossed two oceans from Colorado with five watts of power!
Then, in February of 2006 I returned to Mt Zion. The solar flux was 76, and the A and K were 2 and 1 respectively. I made twenty-five contacts in four hours including two JAs.
One QSO was with Bill, N3HQB in Maryland. He recorded one of my transmissions and sent it to me. It was interesting to hear what a QRP signal sounds like from 1,400 miles away. Listen here
In March, 2006 I took the backpack out twice.The first hike gave me contacts to PY2WC in Brazil and JR8VSE in Japan. Later in the month I hiked up to a local hill and worked JA1CG, LU2NI in Argentina and JH1OCC. Not bad for near the bottom of a solar cycle and QRP.
|< Closeup of matching unit and PVC bracket painted black.|
of pack, held by my granddaughter, Samantha.
< Base of antenna
< Antenna matching unit
< PVC bracket (painted black) to hold antenna
closeup in photo below
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< My trusty Yaesu FT-817 running on eight AA-NiMH
rechargeable batteries. I get over three hours of
operating at five watts on a set of batteries.
See one more photo below.