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 AmateurRadio.com
. I have become intrigued by his use of that 9:1 unun
as described on the earchi.org 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 earchi.org 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!