Another day of outdoor op’s

The view from my other spot along the lake
I had the day off work today and it was another amazing day up this way for fall so I headed outdoors again with my KX3. This time I was out and about in the morning and was expecting 20m to be shut down and possible 40m opened up. I found 20m was open and never ended up checking 40m at all. Once again I headed toward the lake and this time my "spot" was taken with someone who also was taking advantage of the great weather. I was watching the weather forecast this morning and it looks like "seasonal reality" is going to set in very soon! This time I set up a little further along the lake at a picnic table. Today I was happy to make 3 CW contacts:

1. WA5OVB Phil's IC 7200 was doing a great job picking up my portable signal I gave Phil 579 report and I was given a 569 with some QSB.
The Chameleon CHA P antenna setup

2. KW7D Paul's signal was strong, he was in New Mexico where the weather is much more pleasent than it is going to be up this way. Paul was calling CQ and I was able to catch his attention with my portable signal.

3. K3PR is Joes call and we had a nice long QSO exchanging as much info as we could. At first my signal was in around a 229 but conditions changed and I moved up the scale to 559! Joe and I had a nice QSO about antennas, rigs, WX and just what we were up too.

I did hear a station 4U1A the United Nations in Austria and when I first heard their CQ call they had not been spotted and I was trying to get their attention from my portable setup. I did not have any luck and even less luck after they were spotted and the pileup began.
Things pack up very nicely. 

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Another day of outdoor op’s”

  • Bob KK5R:

    You’re stories of setting up operation in unusual places has me wanting to go up on some hill here before the snow falls. I’ve been working on an antenna to toss up into a tree and the power supply system so it can be carried in a rugged tool bag with pockets for the incidentals. Hills here are not very high, by some standards, but there are some that are what’s left from strip mining and the ones that have not become local airports look very interesting. If it works out, I’ll give a report for my meager QRP signal, hopefully in the near future.

    Bob — KK5R

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Bob, it’s nice to just get out of the shack and see what a more simpler antenna can do. What I find very helpful is a few days before the outing sit down and make up a list of what to bring. There is nothing more frustrating than to get to your spot and realize and adapter you need is at home……I have done it and it’s no fun. I hope for good weather for you this weekend if you make it out do email with the details.

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