Tuesday, November 21, 2023

DXing: KX2 masquerading as a KH1

A cheap 51" (130cm) telescoping CB walkie-talkie antenna and conditions on 10-15 meters gave me the idea to treat my KX2 like a KH1.

Tuesday mornings can offer slow POTA activity but I was pleased with the results anyway from a peaceful little park about half an hour from home.

The weather was perfect and this project served as the perfect excuse to be outside.

In the following video, I made 10 contacts in 20 minutes. Those 10 contacts included 7 DXCC entities - all with a short whip antenna and a single ground radial.

When the bands are hot, amazing things are possible. Earlier this week I was able to work 4W8X on 10m CW from home with the KX2.

This weekend I'll be building a short coil to supplement the CB whip's internal coil with the idea of using the whip on 17/20 meters.

Various online calculators say I'll need 30 turns on a 1-inch form.

I'll post on the results of that next week.

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4 comments:

  1. Hello, John.

    I really like the idea of using a base-loaded CB whip on the KX2 for 10m!

    Where did you get the adapter you have that allows you to plug your key into the KXPD2 socket?

    73,
    Eric, WD8RIF

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    1. Good morning Eric,

      The whip makes for a fast and effective set-up on both 10 and 12 meters. I'm planning to play more with it during CQWW this weekend.

      The adapter is from ProAudio:
      https://proaudioeng.com/kx-keyport/

      73,
      John

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    2. Thanks, John!
      73,
      Eric

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  2. Makes PERFECT sense John! The KX2 is supremely small and lends itself to handheld ops in my opinion.

    Look forward to more.

    73, Tom, M7MCQ
    www.m7mcq.com

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