Big Brutus

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I love Amateur Radio. Two of my “passions within a passion”  are operating QRP and taking QRP to the great outdoors and operating portable.

I use this blog as a vehicle to promote and publicize those two passions (among others).
So you will forgive me while I extol the adventures of the 4 States QRP Group and their portable operations at Big Brutus.  “What the heck is a Big Brutus?” you might well be asking yourself. I did the first time I heard of it.
Big Brutus is a gigantic electric powered coal shovel that was used in Southeast Kansas.  In 1985, Big Brutus was dedicated as a museum and memorial to Kansas’ rich coal mining history.
The 4 States QRP Group has made an official club outing to Big Brutus for four years now.  You can see a slide show of their outing here.
Thanks to good friend, Terry WAØITP for sharing!

As you can see, this was a well coordinated group event.  But it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Whether you’re like our buds from Kansas, here; or whether you’re like Jim W1PID, taking day hikes and making contacts – it’s all good!  I know we’re coming up on colder weather here in North America as we travel farther into Autumn towards Winter …… but it’s never too early for even just thinking about treating yourself to some fun outdoor QRP outings in 2013.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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