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Making like Jim W1PID

I don't live in the rural areas of New Hampshire like my good friend Jim W1PID. No, look up "suburbia" in the dictionary, and there's probably a picture of South Plainfield there.  Standard 100' X 50' suburban lots dominate the landscape in this area.  Not only is New Jersey the most densely populated state in the Union, but Middlesex County is the most densely populated county in New Jersey. So to find some rural beauty, one has to drive a little bit from here. Unfortunately, it's not a bike ride or hike away. It used to be, but that's another story.

So I did something this morning that I wanted to do for a very long time. I took a ride up to Washington Rock State Park in Greenbrook, NJ, which is about two towns over from South Plainfield.

It was from this vantage point that George Washington kept tabs on British troop movements during the Revolutionary War in 1777.  Today, it's a state park with a monument.

To give you an idea of the view:

Looking slightly north and east, with a "spy glass" you can see the Manhattan skyline easily.

This gives a view towards south and east. Again with a "spy glass' it was possible to keep tabs on Sandy Hook.

There's lot of picnic tables that are just perfect for setting up a portable station, And that's exactly what I did. I launched the PAR END FEDZ into a handy tree and proceeded to go to town.

On 20 Meters, I worked W5AHP, Joe in Texas, and then WN2DX, Marty in Somerset, NJ. We were probably line of sight communications! After Marty, I worked Kurt W8IQ in Toldeo, Ohio. Before QSYing to another band, I snagged W1AW/4 in Alabama.

The lower end of 20 Meters and most of 15 Meters seemed to be wall-to-wall Work All Germany contest stations, so I sidled on up to 12 Meters, which was open! I worked 2SZ, the special event station in London, PA1CC in the Netherlands and finally GB0GDS, a JOTA (Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air) station from Scotland.

So it was a good day and I enjoyed myself immensely, even though it was only about a 90 minute adventure.  The best part was when a gusty breeze would blow, sending a cascade of leaves down. It was like being inside a snow globe of falling Autumn leaves. I am taking another vacation day from work next Friday, so if the weather is good .......

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

I was asleep at the wheel

How did I miss this?  I've had my September QST for over a week now (we Lifemembers seem to be the last to receive our QSTs!), and I must confess .... today was the first time I've given it a leaf through.  I was surprised and gladdened to read a really nice op-ed piece by good friend Jim W1PID on page 101.

Jim shared his thoughts on the changing face of Amateur Radio in celebration of the ARRL's 100th anniversary, but yet focused on the things that remain the same through the changes. The joy, the excitement, the satisfaction, the fun.

Good article, Jim and I'm glad the Newington Bunch had the good sense to publish it!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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!

Jim Cluett W1PID

I am so happy to see that Jim W1PID’s outdoor QRP adventure stories have now been picked up over at, which is a great site, by the way.

Since Jim’s posts will be picked up there, I would ask you to keep an eye out for them and will no longer mention them here, in order to avoid a duplication of effort.

If you’re into QRP and the outdoors, or would like to be, or find yourself forced to live vicariously, please treat yourself to Jim’s sagas.  If you’d like to re-read an old story or catch up on a few you might have missed – here’s Jim’s Website:

Happy reading!  And Jim, thanks so much for sharing.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Eeeeewwww !

That pretty much describes the state of the bands this afternoon.  I took a break from yard work this weekend for some R & R time, hoping to get some radio in this afternoon.  I got plenty of time behind the key; but not much to show for it.

I worked W7L, a lighthouse station and HA9RT.  W7L is in North Carolina Arizona (thanks, Hans BX2ABT), according to QRZ, and I finally got in the log after much trying. Hungary?  First try and a 579 report – go figure!

Another nice story with some beautiful pictures was posted by Jim W1PID today. He went up to Knox Mountain with his friend Hans, late Saturday afternoon. Detail here:

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

I can’t resist

posting Jim W1PID’s accounts of his portable ops on my blog.

This is a report on his latest trip to Knox Mountain and the DX he worked while there.

I am sorry for not being original and I certainly don’t mean to steal Jim’s thunder in any way.  He posts these to QRP-L, but these are always so good, they’re worth sharing with those of you who might not be subscribers to QRP-L.

These little reports that Jim posts are a huge inspiration to me; and I hope they serve that purpose for you too.  You don’t need to be stuck in your “normal” shack all day in order to make contacts or work distant countries.  You know it as well as I do – a radio, a battery, a key and some wire is all you need for a passport to the rest of the globe.

Thanks Jim, for sharing again!  These keep me wanting to do the same. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

“There’s nothing better than a QRP radio, some wire and the great outdoors!”

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

From the Winter that never was

to the beautiful Spring that is upon us.  Celebrated with Amateur Radio by Jim W1PID:

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

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