Giving Out Points Again!

Nice weather and an open schedule allowed for some radio time this weekend. The QRP ARCI Fall QSO Party made some buzz so I loaded up the gear and headed out by the lake.  I put up an 88ft doublet in an inverted vee. I shoot a line over a tree limb at about 40ft and use that for the center and have two 17ft Crappie Poles that I use for end supports. That allows me to reorient the antenna to suit the conditions.

Ground Mount Closeup
Ground Mount Closeup

One of the things I threw together is a simple mount for the crappie poles. I use a 2ft piece of PVC with a couple bolts inserted at right angles to one another at the base to keep the pole from going all the way through to the ground. The PVC is attached to a 3ft piece of aluminum angle iron that with 3 stainless steel hose clamps.

crappie pole
Crappie Pole End Supports

The poles are pretty limber and take a bit of a bend but do a good job of handling the 24 gauge teflon wire I use.  As you can see in the pictures, the mounts do the job and don’t cost as much as commercial counterparts.

So it was a good day and I made a few contacts, enjoyed the outdoors and had a nice picnic lunch with my XYL down by the lake between QSO’s.  The bands were pretty decent and I gave points to 20 of the more serious contestants out there.


Kelly K4UPG PB #173

p.s. The Polar Bears will be out and on the air next weekend. Give a listen, hear?


  1. says

    Good morning Kelly, very nice setup up did not hear you in there but there is always other contests on the horizon. The conditions were not as good up here particularly on Sunday lots of QRM for some reason.

  2. Alex says

    Kelly Bear,
    Nice mount and its a “come apart” one for transport.
    Here is a suggestion, I realize you didn’t ask for one!! Go to some “home-improvement” store and buy a Tiki Torch ground stake or mount, less than $4. Then buy a piece of 3ft dowel that your Crap-pie pole will slide over(the dowel is inside the pole) I use 20ft Crappie poles and the dowel that fits them is 1 1/8 inches in diameter. I have approx 10 inches of dowel above the Tiki ground mount. the tiki mount stops the pole from going to the groiund. Yep clear as mud uh??
    OK went out to the garage and brought one into the office: The Black torch mount is 10 1/2 inches long with a pointed bottom for sticking into the ground and a large screw to hold the dowel in place.The 1 1/8 inch dowel is cut to 13 inches total length with 10 inches above the tiki mount.
    There you have it, a bit clearer than mud at this point.

    73 Alex K5UNY PB 105

  3. kmack says

    my dad would say, “More than one way to …” sounds pretty good to me.

    Kelly K4UPG PB #173

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