Pedestrian Mobile by the Moscow River


This Saturday me and my friend Stan UA3LMR (also RD2A) tried to work as pedestrian mobile (/PM) for the first time. We took my FT-817nd (running 5 W output power) and his AlexLoop Walkham antenna, and walked to the park near Moscow river.

Despite cold and windy weather of minus 16C, we had luck to make 11 QSOs with 6 DXCC countries (UA, UA9, G, F, I, OE) during an hour and a half. We used SSB QRP frequency on the 20-meter band (14285 kHz), hf-pack frequency on the 17-meter-band (18157.5 kHz), and one very popular among ex-USSR HAMs frequency for mobile and portable operations on the 40-meter-band, i.e. 7175 kHz.

We worked together and honestly to say, it is hard to imagine how some people work /PM alone, holding a microphone in one hand and an antenna in another, as they should write down some information into the log and check the time! Well, we are newbies in /PM operating and have to learn, hi!
By the way, since January, 1st, there started a yearlong outdoor QRP Marathon “Field Flowers”. Everyone who likes QRP, including those, who works QRO with QRP stations, are welcome to participate. Details you can find here:
Thank you and see you on the bands!
Peter Dabizha, R2ABT, is a special contributor to and writes from Moscow, Russia. Contact him [email protected].

11 Responses to “Pedestrian Mobile by the Moscow River”

  • PY1AHD ALEX - Alexandre Grimberg:

    Hi peter,

    Congratulations for your great results.

    I have many Pedestrian QSOs with the FT817 hanged on my neck the AlexLoop antenna in one hand tuned by the thumb and the microphone in other hand.
    You can make one of this low cost home brew headset and select VOX on your FT817 and you have one hand free.
    I normally carry a Olympus pocket recorder activate to VAR – Voice Activated Recording to record the QSOs while walking and talking.
    By the way, my Babuska and my Deduska came from Russsia to Brasil on the beginnings of 1900.
    Ma Babuska have born in Mogilev Podolsky.
    I wish a lot of fun and many QRP DXs.
    Alexandre Grimberg

  • Hans (BX2ABT):

    Great report and what a great call sign you have. 73 de BX2ABT

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Hello Alexandre!

    Nice to hear from fellow countryman, hi!
    Yes, a recorder with a VAR option is a nice idea.
    Otherwise we shoud think about attaching the antenna to backpack.

    I should say, your antenna is really, really great!

    73! Peter R2ABT

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Hello Hans!

    Thank you! You’ve got a great call sign also.
    Last year I had a 2-WAY-QRP-QSO with DL0ABT.
    There are a lot of us. 🙂

    73! Peter R2ABT

  • Stan UA3LMR:

    Hi Alex, nice to meet you! I confirmed – your antenna realy good work in Russia! If you remember, it’s first Alex Loop in Russia. I meet with you on FDIM in 2013, and buy it.

  • PY1AHD vALEXAlex:

    Hi Stan,
    All my pleasure.
    Thefact is on mt mind, but I am trying to remember you.
    Please send a photo to my e-mail and I will certainly
    By the way, this is may solution for pedestrian AlexLoop
    Alexandre Grimberg

  • PY1AHD vALEXAlex:

    I am sorry here is the link;

    Alexandre Ggimberg

  • Randy, K4LJA:

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing — and please continue to bundle up, grab your mic, antenna and rig and hand out those QSO’s. Appreciate. Randy K4LJA

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Thanks a lot dear Randy for your interest! Of course, I’ll continue to go out for QRP QSOs, moreover than high RFI at my QTH contributes to it. And will share for sure, if something interesting is happend.

    73! Peter R2ABT

  • Peter R2ABT:

    Hello dear Randy! Following this article you’ll probable be of interest to watch the video of our QSOs with British mobile station:

    73! Peter R2ABT

  • Bob Truitt WA4A:

    I use the Comet UHV-350M telescopic antenna with my FT-818 packset pedestrian mobile/portable and it work great, particularly on 40-10 meters, even without a counterpoise! Thanks, Randy, for your interest in this growing sub-hobby aspect of ham radio.
    73, Bob WA4A

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