Field Day 2020 - Solar Power, LifePO4 & a cat

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N0HR, Jul 2, 2020.

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  1. N0HR

    N0HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope everyone had a fun/safe Field Day in 2020. I know that it was a lot of fun for me despite the challenges that went beyond COVID-19.

    Video recap:

    • Solar powered operation
    • 50W CW
    • End-Fed Halfwave (49:1) that was severed by a cat
    • LifePO4 TalentCell 24Ah 12V
    • N1MM+
    • Elecraft K3
    • Very rural part of Iowa with low noise floor
    • Dodged several thunderstorms - but ultimately went QRT Sunday due to clouds (no solar charging)
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  2. N0HR

    N0HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's a thumbnail image...

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  3. 2E0TWD

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    Well done, what a beautiful part of the world that looked to be.
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  4. KW4TI

    KW4TI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does your cat have a long tail so that when you pull on the cat's tail, your QSOs are heard as meow's far away?
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  5. KB1THM

    KB1THM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great video, how do you like that radio? How does it compare to others you've used on CW?
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  6. AE5S

    AE5S Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice Job. What struck me is how closely we did the same thing for FD. I pitched a tent and strung an OCF dipole at my sister's farm in Washington County, NE. I had a solar panel, a LiFePO4 battery, and a KX3 with a KXPA100 amp. When you pulled out your RigExpert antenna analyzer, I had to chuckle because I used one too. I bought a Notch Big Shot slingshot with a trigger to get my lines up in the trees. I was very pleased with how well that worked. I did not work as hard as you though. I had a leisurely 147 CW QSOs on 40, 20, and 10. It stormed a little over night but it was not altogether unpleasant - in fact - it was a nice field day experience. 73 and CU in 2021. AE5S

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  7. N0HR

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    Thanks. Yes, beautiful area and was nearly perfect for a portable operation.
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  8. N0HR

    N0HR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Love the Einstein quote.
    If pulling that cat's tail would give me another 5dB and another 50 QSOs it would be tempting.
  9. N0HR

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    The K3 is really a good radio and the receiver (with filters) is great for crowded conditions. I'm happy with it.

    I also have an Icom IC-7600 which I prefer for SSB and RTTY. My KX3 is another great rig for what it is. Really enjoy that for qrp.
  10. N0HR

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    That's funny! I nearly brought my KX3 instead of the K3... Just decided 50W would be better.

    I definitely wished I had a slingshot to put up antennas rather that a sock filled with gravel.


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