Saturday, September 12, 2009

QRP Afield - next Saturday!!!

Next Saturday is QRP Afield, which is most likely the last big outdoor contest event for the 2009 Summer season. It's an all day event lasting from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM EDT, so there's plenty of opportunity to get on, even if it's just for a few hours.

This event is sponsored by the New England QRP club (of which I am a member) and is one of the highlighted QRP events of the year. For a complete view of all the details of the event, you can visit:

I am looking forward to setting up for a little bit - somewhere! Encouraged by my backyard results from last weekend, I am contemplating using the Buddistick (elevated) along with my K1. I am just hoping the weather next weekend will be a lot better than we are experiencing today. Today has been damp, rainy and soggy - not good portable ops weather at all. If you are a sufferer from arthritis, NJ is not the place you want to be today.

With the end of the Summer operating season comes the Fall and Winter building season. I have a number of unbuilt kits in queue that I want to get going on. With 160 Meter season fast approaching, the first goal is to build that 160 Meter board for my K2. I have all the parts sorted out in a muffin tin; now all I have to do is get my butt in gear and start melting solder!

When I had my Icom-751A, I used to get on 160 Meters at 5 Watts using the G5RV and had decent results. Bandwidth wasn't wide, however, and moving more than a few KHz necessitated retuning the antenna tuner often. But that's a small inconvenience compared to the fun that 160 Meters can provide.

Which brings to mind another outdoor project that I want to get done before the weather turns cold - adding more radials to my Butternut HF9V. This time I am going to make a radial plate out of a sink strainer as per the article that appeared on eHam a few months ago. I would like to add another 25 to the existing 25 I have out there already. Some of those have gotten destroyed by dog, kids and lawn mowers over the past ten years, so adding more will definitely increase the efficiency of my Butternut.

So many things to get done; and so little time!

73 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

  1. This has to be the least publicized QRP event of the years. Thanks for the post Larry - I wouldn't have known otherwise.