It was a good week

of lunchtime QRP sessions.  I did not get skunked all week, unless you count yesterday, when I had to work through lunch and didn’t get a chance to get outside. The bands seemed decent and this is the week’s tally:

MJØASP – Jersey – 15 Meters
IK3VUT – Italy – 15 Meters
EA6FG – Balearic Islands – 15 Meters
H7H – Nicaragua – 17 Meters
DM5MU – Germany – 17 Meters
HB9CVQ – Switzerland – 15 Meters
N4KGL – Greg in Florida – 20 Meters
W0RW/PM – Paul in Colorado, hiking one of the parks – 20 Meters
GI4DOH – Northern Ireland – 17 Meters
All this with the Buddistick plopped on top of the Jeep.  Wonder what I could work if I had a tower and a beam!
I was glad to see that Jim W1PID posted another story on his Website and  I have become intrigued by his use of that 9:1 unun as described on the Website.  So I downloaded the assembly instructions and ordered myself a couple of T106-2 powdered iron core toroids.  The balun looks easy enough to make, and from Jim’s posts this summer, it had provided him with much success.  I like the idea of having one wire giving ALL bands, 40 through 6 Meters. And according to the site, if you play around with the wire length, it’s possible to be able to use one wire for 80 – 6 Meters.  But not to be overly greedy, I’d be thrilled with one wire for use on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 Meters.
I’ll put it together and I have a box in the basement that will be a perfect container for it. Don’t know if I’ll get a chance to do much park operating before the weather changes for good; but I’d like to give it a shot.  If it works well, it will bode well for outdoor operating season next year.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “It was a good week”

  • Harry K7ZOV:


    This is one of my favorite, take it anywhere, antennas. The KX3 loads all bands like a dream..and yes I can and have worked a lot of DX with it. I have also used it when I had my K2/10, KX-1, K1-4 and IC-703 and Ft-817 with the T-1 ATU and Z-100plus ATU. It will give you 80 meters with about 50+ of wire also. I have been making for my, personal use, mono banders like the PAR/LNR before PAR went into business. Can’t remember who first published the idea, but I do have buried in my papers the info. And the same website did have a mono bander for 40 meters and another for 20 meter. Both work FB and I would be glad to send you the PDF files I have on them if you or anyone wants them. But they are monobander the is not. the 9:1 unun as I said is my favorite.

    2 cents, back under my rock..hi

    Harry K7ZOV


    Hi Larry,I can’t get the KX3 but i’m happy with the China rigs and my FT 817 ND.
    Just wanted to ask if you ever been to MT. Rose?
    Your about 30 miles North of me and one time you mentioned an area that was close to you and very high.
    MT.Rose used to me a site for big towers so NY could relay TV stations down my way.
    Next to MT.Rose is another high hill and I think it still may be an active sewage plant.
    I went to MT. Rose on my motorcycle and that hill drops off and it looks like you can see forever to North East,East and almost direct to the South.
    You can google earth the area and it should be South west of you by appx 15 miles.
    BOB AF2Q

  • Larry W2LJ:


    Never been there, but thanks for the mention. I will have to look it up!

    Larry W2LJ

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