What QRP Operating Today?

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KM4DYX, Aug 15, 2017.

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  1. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The second day it rains and today I decided to go to the park when it ended for a while.


    When I got to the park it started raining again, i hid under an umbrella. I was cold and wet, but I still made a few QSO.

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  2. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I didn't do much operating yesterday, but I did take the VX-7 and my latest EFHW build out on a bike ride in the Appalachian foothills yesterday. I tossed a line over a convenient branch, hauled the antenna up, and called CQ a half dozen times before packing up and finishing my ride (the wind was picking up and I was under-dressed).

    In a flash of brilliance today, I realized I could use my 20' crappie pole (purchased to act as a support for my HF wire in treeless situations) to hoist my antenna when I don't have a convenient tree branch. In this pic, the feedpoint is 3' above my head. There's a lot of sag, but it supports the antenna and feedline. I need to sort out a proper anchoring system.

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  3. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Attach hard the rod to the pedal crank or handlebar of the recumbent bike on proper angle.
  4. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I believe I confused things a bit by posting both pics together. I wouldn't be using the crappie pole on bike rides. It's 4' long collapsed and But, your point is sound if I did find myself bringing it along on a ride, I would use the bike as a base. :)

    I suppose I could lash it to the top tube of the bike for transport, but it will hang out quite far behind.

  5. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a similar fish rod and it is always in the car. I sometimes use it as a dipole mast. Then I insert a screwdriver into the ground, I put a fishing rod on the screwdriver handle so that the base does not move along the ground, and the top is supported by the antenna's legs as inv.V. I tie their ends to thin metal rods as anchors, which I bought cheaply at a hardware store.
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  6. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have also used an umbrella before but...if it’s windy!?! I am looking for a super light shelter/tent that sets up fast. If anyone can make a recommendation? I have done a couple of SOTA/high spot activations worrying on the way up about the possibility of rain. I’ve been lucky so far with rain starting after I complete the activation.

    I am also eager to get my hands on a (water resistant) Lab 599 TX-500!

  7. KE8OKM

    KE8OKM Ham Member QRZ Page

    **Why not just get a barrel adapter and add additional coax? Or, cut the existing coax short, crimp on a female connector of your choosing, and then use standard coax jumpers. I do this with my jpole/slim-jim antennas.**

    Funny I really didn’t consider adding another section of RG8 as simple as the idea is. I didn’t think of it. I finally broke my N9TAX antenna hastily pulling it off a branch on Apple Orchard Mt with rain starting. I pulled the ladder line out of the 2m/70cm junction. I’m on the road working until Tuesday and have no tools to fix it. The antenna has been a real workhorse with over 100 deployments over the past 10 months.

    About connections between coax/antennas. Is there a significant loss of dB between coax with multiple connectors vs 1 uninterrupted length?

  8. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Conventional wisdom is that there is, but I saw a test some time ago where a guy made a transmission line with nothing but connectors and adapters and saw little or no loss. IMO, a decent barrel connector or two is not likely to be an issue in an otherwise well designed and implemented system.

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  9. WN1MB

    WN1MB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I strongly suspect that there would be more loss in cheap coax cable than good quality connectors and adapters themselves.
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  10. US7IGN

    US7IGN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Getting wet in the rain and freezing is not fun for me. I prefer then to be already in the back seat of the car.

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