Sleeping in on the weekends? Who needs that… 😉 Even with the Texas heat rolling in, I braved the humidity & set out at the crack of dawn this morning towards KFF-3038.
Another activation in the log & a successful test on the new homebrew link dipole (I know… I had a thought in the back of my head – what if it doesn’t work!?). One TEXAS sized thank you to everyone who attempted to work me. I feel like i’m just getting warmed up, and no i’m not talking about the Texas heat!
Results were as follows:
17 meters: 5 SSB Contacts
20 meters – 25 SSB Contacts
40 meters – 3 SSB Contacts
I found this hitch mount on Amazon that works perfect for my Spiderpole, I could have went at least 10 feet higher, but even parks can be short on space sometimes! The crowd started to roll in so I had to keep the legs a bit closer together than I had liked, but it seemed to pull in lots of signals. Granted the IARU contest is going on this weekend, and that made it difficult to find a spot to operate, hence the few contacts I made on 17 meters!
Loved having the laptop with me this go around, I instantly submitted my logs when I got home. Transcribing everything from paper to an electronic log is a pain. I love this HP elitebook because it has an extended battery pack on it which gives me almost half a day of heavy usage. After about 2.5 hours of operating, I had used a little over 7aH on the Bioenno 20aH battery. I could have tapped into the trucks electrical, but i’d rather avoid that noise if at all possible. 73 & a big thanks again to all the hunters!