I brought the Kindle along with three freshly loaded books and am already a quarter way into the first one. This is the life and I am going to squeeze out every nano-second of enjoyment that I can!
I even got on the air today!
That's the Buddistick set up behind the cabin. I brought along the 12' painter's pole mast and I set up for 20 Meters today. I used four 11" arms, the coil and one of the extra long black whips. I had a quick QSO with KD4NUL in Georgia; but the band quickly changed and did in our QSO.
I handed Randy KB4QQJ a contact for the SKCC Weekend Sprint.
The most gratifying QSO was a ragchew with Marc W4MPS who hails from Clayton, North Carolina.
I learned during our QSO that Marc and both call East Brunswick, NJ our hometown! Marc moved to North Carolina in 2009 after retiring; while I moved to South Plainfield in 1998 after getting married. But we both claim East Brunswick as "home". What a small world! A QSO from Lake George, NY to Clayton, NC to talk about East Brunswick NJ.
I started the day using the K1; but changed off to the PFR-3A, as it's nice having those paddles attached to the unit. I was putting out about 5 Watts to the Buddistick using the small SLA that you can see in the upper corner of that plastic bin which I used as an operating table. Using the Autek antenna analyzer that you see next to the SLA, I was able to adjust the Buddistick down to an SWR of about 2:1. The built in tuner in the PFR-3a handled that with ease.
Later this week, I still plan to go across the street with the end fed wire and Fuchs tuner to see how that works as an "all band" antenna. But today is considered a success and I had fun; and got a little sun burnt in the process.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!