MQFD August 2009

At last! We finally had a break in the weather and did not have thunderstorms and rain all weekend! Although it was hot, it was really nice to be out byLake Fredrica and set up antennas again. My trusty slingshot worked well and I managed to get a line over a couple limbs on the tall pine trees for a 40m dipole up at 40 feet. The dipole was fed with 300 ohm twinlead and loaded up well with my BLT+

Can you see that dipole in between the pine trees?
Can you see that dipole in between the pine trees?
Kept moving to stay in the shade!
Kept moving to stay in the shade!
20 ft Jackite pole and 44 ft doublet first test setup
20 ft Jackite pole and 44 ft doublet first test setup
Dr Pepper and CW QSO's what a treat!
Dr Pepper and CW QSO's what a treat!

My wife saved the day by bringing me a cold Diet Dr. Pepper after I’d been baking in the Florida sun for about 4 hours. What a treat that was, eh?

Band was not too great with a lot of QRN and some SSB and RTTY QRM later in the day. My 20 ft Jackite pole and 44 doublet as an inverted vee with the ends 3 ft off the ground was disappointing test. My BLT+ would not tune it on any band I tried.

I posted that result to QRP-L reflector and the MQFD list and got a good number of replies. Seems that anything less than 6 feet above ground makes the 44 ft doublet difficult to tune! So I’ll be trying different configuration the next time out and see how it goes.

Maybe I’ll have my new halfwave end fed tuner completed soon and have some time to test it out and report those results soon too. I love this QRP stuff!

My hat made a good sunshade for the Sierra
My hat made a good sunshade for the Sierra

Comments

  1. says

    Kelly,
    My Sierra is up and ready for a QSO whenever you are. Shoot some dates/times at me and lets get that Sierra to Sierra QSO!

    Steve W6EOD

  2. kmack says

    Be back in touch soon… what is this coming weekend like for you? Hectic at work through the week here.

    73,
    Kelly K4UPG

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