Virgil sent the new amplifier case and heat sink.
I worked KQ6XA
Bonnie from the PARC truck today. Bonnie gave me a
565C RST! We are replacing the power supply and battery next week...
I worked WQ5P/M"
Harold who was mobile in his 18-wheeler. The band dropped out so we never got to finish our 20M CW QSO, but we did chat for a while. I was using my K2.
XEACT Truck at PARC
Pix of the XEACT truck at PARC.
I installed my XV60 and talked to KB6BA
I worked K4XS
on 14.245.40, who was in the Florida QSO party, with
my FT-817 and K5OOR amplifier at about 35 w into a 20m hamstick on the
car roof, parked at Greer Park.
I heard K6YN
Ted in West Covina, CA call CQ and answered him on
7045.65. Ted gave me a 559 and we exchanged names, and then when it
was his turn again the band dropped out. I could hear him in the noise
but nothing else. I switched on the 35W amplifier but he didn't
seem to hear me either.
No contacts, but got an RRR in response to QRL? on 20m. KX1 and new
24ft wire. Still seeing 2.4uH on the 24ft wire up and a 16ft radial on
An Ameco replica
be coming out.
At lunch I put up my KX1 and Cabelas 14ft pole and had trouble
matching. I had had this trouble before, with the 28ft wire in a tree.
I noticed the KX1 was giving me 4.5uH L and nothing would help.
So I took out the 28ft wire and tried using instead the 24ft I had cut for a 30m
radial, and it got a lot better.
I suspect that my 28ft wire is broken somewhere and will make a new
I heard W7GRN calling CQ on 10.108 and answered, and we had a
nice QSO. Vern is just home from the hospital and CW seemed to be
therapeutic. I hope to hear from him again.
ECN with N0SS
QRV at the school with the K5OOR
amp and Elecraft T1 tuner
for the ECN at 14.050. Got a 579 from N0SS
Tom. I had a QSO with Tom just before the net and heard him talking to KD5ONS
but couldn't copy his side.
W5E Portable from Terman Park
I set up my KX1 in Terman school park (named after SSB developer Terman) and on
14.053 heard W5E
special event station from Barksdale AFB
commemmorating the last sortie to Germany in WW2. The Shreveport club
volunteers bring vintage WW2 gear. Op gave me a 579 and I told them my
was in WW2.
I checked into the Western States QRP net this morning at 9:00AM and managed to hear my
call during breakfast for the comments. W6SIY
Keithh was NC.
I got my card from R1ANF
Alex at Bellingshausen station in the
Antarctic. I worked him QRP with my KX1 from the parking lot at work.
Last QSO from Toronto W6VIF
While waiting for the taxi, I got out of KX1, Maldol whip, 12"
clip-on bus wire, and a 16ft teflon-coated silver wire tied to the
retaining nut on the KX1. It matched at 14.05 or so, so I tried
elevating the wire a few feet and it needed a lot of the tuner so I put
it back down.
I answered a CQ but didn't get it, so I tuned to 14.044 and heard
W6VIF/4 calling CQ I answered and got a 339 report and VY WEAK. I
draped the wire over a car hood and moved around until the signal was
stronger, and since the signal was still strong I put on the extra
battery and got an S3 report. Chappy said he is 88, lives in Ft Myers,
FL and was running 250W yo a vertical...he said it was 70F and sunny...55F and sunny also in Toronto.
Walking in the Toronto Royal Botanical Gardens I worked WN1GIV
, a club station in Florida, in the QRP ARCI Sprint on 14.060. I was using my KX1 at 2.5W, a Maldol loaded whip, and a 16ft drag wire. Signals were quiet and clean.
I set up my FT-817 and new Elecraft T1 tuner in my sister-in-law's back
yard, and used a 33ft and a 28ft wire to make a low doublet, 12ft up on
a Cabelas pole in the center and off to trees on the ends. I twisted
the remaining 12ft or so into a twisted pair as KQ6XA
got a match from the tuner on 40, 30, 20, 17, 12, and 10m.
On 14.033.75 I heard KC6T
Bill cal CQ and answered him as
WA5ZNU/VE3. Bill gave me a 339 and said he was running 100W to my 5W. I
had an S7 noise background but gave him a 579. Bill lives near Los
ZElecraft T1 up to the relays.
At Terman School, named for the SSB Terman.
No contacs, but someone whose OM is a PA0 in the Netherlands stopped by
to look at my KX1.