|Operating from KFF-3056 (TX)|
On past outdoor QRP excursions, I've had to select operating positions that were convenient to suitable trees, then heave a line over a suitable branch, haul up the wire and try to keep any of it from getting tangled on anything.
But no more!
A recent kit from the QRP Guys caught my eye and, together with a 17-foot telecoping antenna from MFJ and a vise grip mount with 3/8-24 threads, I now have a triband antenna that goes up and comes down in less than 5 minutes.
The Portable Tri-Band Vertical kit is simply a compact and lightweight way to add switchable
Rather than a wire, I chose to use the MFJ-1979 and a stick-it-anywhere mount. Today, a BBQ grill hosted the combo - in the future, my motorcycle will probably fill this role. No tree needed. Ideally, the whip and the QRP Guys circuit board should be as close together as possible. I had to use a longer wire than I would have liked due to the fact that I had a 10-foot piece of RG-58 with me and the grill-to-picnic table distance was 10.5 feet (of course!).
|The complete station (minus the single 17ft ground radial I used)|
So how did it work with our current solar conditions and 10 ether-charring watts of CW? The proof is in the log below. Besides the 9 DXCC entities, it was also a pleasure to work NJ3K and WK2S who were themselves operating from parks.