Thursday, October 09, 2008 Zulu
We hiked to the Almaden Quicksilver Mine County Park and I brought my KX1 and Buddipole parts. I forgot the DC barrel connector for my LiPo battery pack and forgot a pole for the Buddipole, so I had to use 1.5W to a wire in a tree. K0MLF/7 Don near Zion, Utah and I had a nice CW QSO on 7.035. Don said he knows the San Jose area, and that it was 90F where he was. I took a picture of my KX1 as I was packing it up; I didn't use it with the ground radial coiled up... I'm hoping to get the new shock-corded mast from the Buddipole folks of they have them at Pacificon.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Zulu
I turned on the K3 in the morning and heard the tail end of a call on 12M, nothing on 10M, but OH2MM calling a fluttery CW CQ on 18.082. I answered Ole with 60W to the Cushcraft R6 and got a 569 and sent 579 "FINE DX CALL," Ole said about ZF2NU as we bid 73.

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First contact on our Cayman Islands DXPedition as ZF2NU is V31MR on 10.109 with 100W to a Cushcraft R6 and Elecraft K3.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007 Zulu
JA1CG Haru 120M north-north-west of Tokyo, Japan gave me a 5x9 and I sent 5x7 on 14.305 with my K3 ar 120W into the SteppIR.


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Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Zulu
I talked to WB6W Glenn in Arizona and K6ACJ Bill on 80m CW with the loop and K3. QSB was heavy on Glenn and I copied a 569 QSB report from him, but Bill and I exchanged 599. I used the DSP NR and the 200Hz filter and Attenuator to copy Glenn; every 20 seconds or so he was quite copyable but then the deep fade set in.


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I talked to K9YC Jim in Santa Cruz, CA on 160M CW with my 10W from the K3 to the loop. Jim gave me a 599 and I also sent 599 before he went off to finish some pumpkin pie. That was my first 160M CW ragchew in a long time...


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Saturday, March 17, 2007 Zulu
AmTech Day
We went to AmTech day and made no QSOs but showed off the K2, Buddipole, 5W flexible solar panel, and Don Brown charge controller. KI6IMM ran talk-in on his 200mw Radio Shack HTX-200.


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Sunday, February 18, 2007 Zulu
ARRL DX Contest
17 Feb 2007
JA3YBK 21.027 0101Z 599 KW=>599 CA
JA0QNJ 14.001.05 0110Z 599 KW=>599 CA
V73ZZ 21.031 0125Z 599 K=>599 CA
N6NF 21.035 0134Z 599 CA=>599 CA
JA7IC 14.025.50 0139Z 599 KW=>599 CA
8J3YAGI 14.016.92 0150Z 599 KW=>599 CA
LU4DX 14.018.8 0205Z 599 KW=>599 CA
JF2SKV 14.022 0231Z 599 5OO=>599 CA
NR4M 7007.73 0505Z 599 VA=>599 CA
WP2Z 7049.8 0520Z 599 100=>599 CA
W3LPL 7003.19 0611Z 599 MD=>599 CA
JF2QNM 7004.06 0615Z 599 KW=>599 CA
KC1XX 7006.50 0618Z 599 NH=>599 CA
W0AIH 7013.71 0612Z 599 WI=>599 CA
JA1YPA 7015.7 0624Z 599 KW=>599 CA
JA8RWU 7024.3 0632Z 599 KW=>599 CA
18 Feb 2007
K3LR 21.001 1946Z 599 PA=>599 CA
LU4DX 21.024.3 1956Z ENN K=>599 CA
PJ2T 21.037.2 2000Z 599 K=>599 CA
P49V 21.038 2001Z 599 K=>599 CA
LU7HN 21.029.9 2003Z 599 KW=>599 KW
FS5KA 21.034 2010Z 599 KW TNX LEE=>599 CA
NQ4I 14.005.3 2207Z 599 GA=>599 CA
JA7COI 14.009.3 2220Z 599 KW=>599 CA

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Zulu
w8lsv Bud in South Haven, MI gave me 599 on 21.010 with 15W to my SteppIR pointed east.


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Monday, February 05, 2007 Zulu
I worked op Fred NH6P in Hawaii on 7037 for a 559 and sent 599 S9+. K2 5W, SteppIR 40m dipole at 255 degrees.


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Friday, December 29, 2006 Zulu
Buddipole at PARC
Today at lunch I took the Buddipole and KX1 outside at PARC. It was windy so I used the bag to Velcro to the railing and then the tripod. It was too windy to enjoy myself, but I did hear quite a bit of band activity.


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Sunday, November 19, 2006 Zulu
QRV Amsterdam Sunday

It was a bit colder today and there was some rain, but I had a sked to meet PE1E Peter again at 1200J/1100Z in Museumplein, in Amsterdam. Peter was a bit late due to bicycle trailer trouble on the way, and as his trailier had his K2, HLA-300 amplifier, MFJ tuner, and assorted gel cells large and small, sandwiches, and coffee, it was important!

While waiting for Peter I set up with my KX1 and Buddipole at a park bench a safe distance away from the US embassy and its guard house and vertical antennas. While I was setting up, another ham PA3DMI stopped by and we chatted a bit; the OM told me that 20m was open and that CW was active.

My first contact was IK2RMZ Martin in Barza, Italy at about 1140Z on 14.048. Although he was calling "CQ EU TEST," Martin was happy to ragchew for a few minutes, and we also exchanged FISTS numbers. Martin gave me a 449. He was running 75W to a 2-el Yagi, and wished me a pleasant stay in Holland.

Next I worked RN4WA for "599 30" and sent "599 27" at 1155Z on 14.034.

At this point I was approached by a Finnish national TV crew who were filming a short segment on Amsterdam, and they asked me a few questions, and shot some scenes of me using my KX1 and Buddipole, plus a few shots of the equipment.

As they were walking away, I heard W1MK and got a PA/WA5? out of him and then SRI. And simultaneously, Peter arrived with his newly-repaired trailer full of equipment, so after the busted QSO with W1MK we started to set up Peter's K2 and QRO gear.

While Peter unpacked, I worked YU1AAV Zoki on 14.005 at 1219Z for my last contact on the KX1.

With Peter's K2 and my Buddipole, we worked SSB, starting on 15m and moving down to 17m. We had no QSOs until get hit 20m:

In addition to the Finnish national TV crew, we were also visited by a few curious onlookers:

Peter and I parted ways and hope to meet again, either in person or on the air. And I think he's going to order a Buddipole.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006 Zulu
QRV Amsterdam

This morning I walked along the canals to Rembrandt's house, which is now a museum, and bought some etchings printed at the museum from first-generation copies of Rembrandt's original copper etching masters. Afterwards, I stopped at the cafe In De Waag for an espresso (which was great) and a salad (which never arrived); disappointed but running out of time, I headed over to Manekinpis for vlammes frites instead.

I had arranged to meet Peter PE1E at Museumplein at 1500J for outdoor operating. I took the tram and met Peter, who was already set up, and waiting for me to arrive with my Buddipole. I brought my KX1 and Peter his K2, but unfortunately I forgot my KX1 key, having left it in the Pelican case I used for travelling. But Peter was well-prepared for SSB, with his K2, an HLA 300W amplifier, a variety of SLA batteries, and an MFJ tuner.

The MFJ tuner was a little balky until we moved the Buddipole further away; later we noticed the DVM on the battery went up to 15V when we keyed down, so it must have been RF feedback.

Peter and I each made a few contacts in the "LZ contest" where our part of the exchange was RST and ITU Zone, which a kindly OM told us was 27. We made a few contacts on 20M SSB with the Buddipole as an L, and then moved to 40M dipole.

We warmed ourselves with coffee and chocolate that Peter had kindly brought, and talked to a few passers-by, including PD3AD, who was looking forward to an upgrade to get HF privileges, having had some experience with multi contesting at his local club.

Just about everybody had trouble with my call PA/WA5ZNU/P except for the last contact, who got it on the first call.

After this point we both got too tired and cold, and agreed to meet again tomorrow at 1200J/1100Z. And I promised to bring my key.

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Friday, November 17, 2006 Zulu
Photos from Amsterdam

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Thursday, November 16, 2006 Zulu
I just worked PE1E Peter in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (JO33) on 145.6375 MHz via the PI3ASD repeater, which is 500mW. Peter is a K2 owner and he and I plan to be QRV from Museumplein on Saturday at 1500J with K2, KX1, and BuddiPole. No pictures yet but I hope to post some afterwards.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006 Zulu
I parked at the SF Baylands in Palo Alto, and used my 17m Hamstick on the car, and the K2 at 10W. I worked JH1OCC Yuu on QRGh18.153 for a MYRST:5x2. I sent TXTST:5x7. Yuu is near Tokyo and we spoke in Japanese briefly as well. 2140Z

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