Monday, September 03, 2012

Special Event station coming up

From the KX3 e-mail reflector (posted today). And this sounds very interesting:


Just a note to advertise a Special Event Station scheduled for 1600 UTC to 2400 UTC on 19 September 2012 - a hairbrained scheme launched too late to meet the printed matter deadlines.

Further details at under call sign K2N. Bottom line: An eight (8) hour QRP CW-only special event aboard the only floating American WW II destroyer escort in the world that has been restored to its original 1945 wartime condition. We will operate two - possibly three - barefoot Elecraft KX3 transceivers and our antennas will consist of the authentically restored maritime verticals and horizontal wires. That means 70 and 80 foot wire verticals on the port and starboard sides; 100 and 190 foot long wires running amidships toward the fantail. We've already run a test and the KX3 internal ATU loads to 1:1 with no complaints whatsover on 40 through 6 meters inclusive. Our counterpoise is to die for -- a 1200 ton navy warship floating in the Hudson River at the Port of Albany, New York.

If everything goes according to plan, we also expect to have pre-production versions of the new Begali "Adventure" paddle to field test. Two iambic paddles and one non-iambic mono version. The "Adventure" is designed to mate directly with the KX3 - or - sit in its base for use with any other transceiver.

So, if you are interested in working an historic ship then please mark your calendar as per We will QSL as per with a nice postcard of the USS Slater (DE-766). 

73, Stan WB2LQF


That's the middle of the week - on a Wednesday.  But they will run until 8:00 PM that evening, so I stand a chance after getting home from work.  I would like to nab this one!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I finally put down the QRP microphone and decided to give the new HB-1B and K2N a whirl(Ant: 30' wire and a ? length of counterpoise)...OP Mike got a chance to work my very rusty fist on 40. His KX3 was sounding superb. 599 both ways...Finally got my 100th QRP SSB confirmation, DXCC certificate on the wall...Winter is coming, time to get the fist back into shape. Ah, a new challenge!

    73/72 de WA2OQJ