Since I was not feeling well, I did not push myself too hard. But I did set up my Buddistick in the back yard between the condo’s here in Orlando. There is a bit of QRN from the TV’s, Computers and Air Conditioners, but it is tolerable.
I used a step ladder for a support for the painter’s pole and that seems to work fine in this location. It is fast and simple though I do guy the pole just to make sure it doesn’t blow over in the frequent gusts of wind.
40m was in poor shape so I quickly shifted to 20m and got tuned up easily with a 1:1 to 1 SWR. Sweet! Made a handful of QSO’s with NY, CT, TX, PA and heard CA, ME, WA, IA and a few others but did not make the connection.
Lord willin’ I’ll be able to make a few on Sunday too. Here’s some pics from today’s effort with my Sierra and J-47 key.