Cold Got On Me! Portable Ops in cold weather…

The last few days our local news was full of stories about the cold weather that gripped Orlando. I signed up for a shift to operate special station K3Y/4 for the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) as part of the celebration of the 4th year anniversary of our group.  That meant going outside and setting up antennas and sitting out in the sleet and cold rain that was falling. YIKES!

Tough sending even with fingerless gloves
Tough sending even with fingerless gloves

Good thing I have lived in cold weather before. I had to dig a bit, but found my long johns, thermal tee shirt and other cold weather gear. My favorite bear coat, Purdue stocking cap and fingerless gloves finished off my official Polar Bear outfit.  I did my duty but nary an answer to my endless CQ’s on 20m, then 40m and eventually 30m! Two hours of calling and zip to show for it. I’ll be back… ya’  cannot discourage a POLAR BEAR QRP Op that easily!


  1. kmack says

    Jeff… just on your blog and enjoying the video you wrote about. Very creative genre’ and you also got my attention with the FlexRadio article too. Think you are right. It is the future. Keep up the good bloggin’

    Kelly K4UPG

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