From the KX3 e-mail reflector (posted today). And this sounds very interesting:
Just a note to advertise a Special Event Station scheduled for 1600 UTC to 2400 UTC on 19 September 2012 – a hairbrained scheme launched too late to meet the printed matter deadlines.
Further details at www.qrz.com under call sign K2N. Bottom line: An eight (8) hour QRP CW-only special event aboard the only floating American WW II destroyer escort in the world that has been restored to its original 1945 wartime condition. We will operate two – possibly three – barefoot Elecraft KX3 transceivers and our antennas will consist of the authentically restored maritime verticals and horizontal wires. That means 70 and 80 foot wire verticals on the port and starboard sides; 100 and 190 foot long wires running amidships toward the fantail. We’ve already run a test and the KX3 internal ATU loads to 1:1 with no complaints whatsover on 40 through 6 meters inclusive. Our counterpoise is to die for — a 1200 ton navy warship floating in the Hudson River at the Port of Albany, New York.
If everything goes according to plan, we also expect to have pre-production versions of the new Begali “Adventure” paddle to field test. Two iambic paddles and one non-iambic mono version. The “Adventure” is designed to mate directly with the KX3 – or – sit in its base for use with any other transceiver.
So, if you are interested in working an historic ship then please mark your calendar as per www.qrz.com. We will QSL as per www.qrz.com with a nice postcard of the USS Slater (DE-766).
73, Stan WB2LQF www.wb2lqf.com
That’s the middle of the week – on a Wednesday. But they will run until 8:00 PM that evening, so I stand a chance after getting home from work. I would like to nab this one!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!