no particular order:
Don - K3RLL
After being driven away from my favorite spot in a picnic pavilion
behind a church at 1450' ASL by an irate old gentleman who insisted
that my "antenna thingie" was killing his grass, I operated the Skeeter
Hunt from an abandoned school at 1400' ASL in rural PA. My
'mountaintop view' for the Skeeter Hunt with my trusty NorCal Doublet
on a 20' fishing pole sitting on a HB tripod. Note the exclusive,
highly-specialized, patent-pending tripod anchor (weight).
Blaine - KØNE
Fired up the Icom 703+ in the bicycle trailer, solar powered, in a
Lincoln, NE city park. (EN10QU) Temperature was 84f, about 20 degrees
cooler than FOBB. Antenna was a vertical and all contacts were on 20m.
Band had a lot of QSB, and really changed at 2027z during attempted QSO
with K3LO. Lost the QSO because several WAE contesters showed up around
14.060 and started working stateside. None of them heard my calls to
them, and that was it for the skeeter effort. I Listened for Rooster
and Peanut, but never heard them. Left a recorder running on home
station on 14.060 and heard WG0AT there, but not from the portable. I
did work the big Skeeter, W2LJ. Does that count for extra points? All
in all, a beautiful day at the park. Thanks for all the QSO!
Derek - W4FI
I had problems with a defective coax for my segmented dipole. I ended
up using a W3EDP long wire antenna with a far less than optimal
installation. I made all but 1 40M QSO on 20M.
72 de Derek, WF4I
Paul - W4KLY
Not a lot of contacts, but wanted to submit the log in any
case. Had a great time working the contest but
as much air time as I would have liked. I'm looking
to next years contest. There were several of us
North Georgia QRP Club (NOGAQRP) working the contest. Thanks
handling the logs. Hope mine is in a format that
your job easy.
Jim - W4QO
A great day in GA, gentle breeze, shade, 89 degrees. Used two
half wave antennas (20M/40M) tied end to end with matching units one
and fed in the middle with one coax via a Tee Connector, hung at
40'. Loads of fun!
George - N2JNZ
Had fun working 3 contests that weekend !!! Worked WAE with 37 contacts
, SKCC WES with 30 contacts and 8 Skeeters. First weekend with my K1
and enjoyed it !! K1 , 5 watts to a ZeroFive 40 meter vertical. Thanks
Tom - N3UFJ
Well I did manage to make 1 contact for the event. A whole
of crap happened but at least I did make the attempt. I was
running Ten-Tec R-4020 through a Elecraft T-1 tuner into a
Delta DX-CC 40-10 Dipole up 30 feet at the home QTH. As hard
it was pouring here I qualify for "Marine Mobile" I think hi hi hi.
Jim - W1PID
Randy - KS4L
Condx pretty bad
here. Only 3 contacts on 20m with my K3 @
5w and my inverted vee from my home QTH. Tnx for the contest
for the Qs!
Pickett - AD4S
Location - "Wandarosa Wilderness" near Dacula
Rig - K1 @ 5W
Tuner - KI6JS SOTA
Antenna - Buildathon 2012 66' long wire.
Key - Palm Paddle
I missed the part about homebrew paddles.. maybe next time.
NOTE: I swear that I heard K7SZ come back to me on
meters. He lives about 3 miles from the
thinks it was a bootlegger..!! I think he was working 40
with a bad harmonic.. har de har..!
Bob - W3BBO
That was fun...much more fun than the family reunion! Hi.
I used my K2 and claim the 2X multiplier for a total of 326
points! Most of the action seemed on 40 meters, though I
up a couple on 20 and one on 15 meters. Called CQ o 28.060 a
times, but the band was dead.
Have fun sorting out the logs and hope you can read this one.
Dave - WØCH
Thanks for a fun operating
event! I hope that this can be an
Due to a domestic conflict, I got a late start, but enjoyed
Unfortunately, I was unable to operate from a field location today.
When I read the rules, I did not see a prohibition against
skeeter number while operating from the home station, so I hope I am
not in trouble for this.
(Nope, not a bit! -
Dave - AB9CA
Got a late start so may have missed a few. Rig was K1 (built by
myself), power was an 8 pack of AA cells, ant was vertical attached to
camping trailer. Condx did not seem to be good. When I worked KX0R in
CO he was quite loud, but later, when WK8S called, he was ESP. I
operated from an RV park and had a significant noise issue. It would
disappear for a short while but come back. I moved up to around 14066
where it was quieter but no one came calling. Lower in the band I could
work only the very loudest. I know at least a couple tried to answer me
but I could not pull you out. Sorry.
Chuck - AF4O
event! Thanks Larry! Lots of activity. Seems I had a
pipeline to Colorado on 20m early on then the band shifted a bit and
finally faded. ThenI went to 40m to finish out. Went to my often used
spot in Chickasaw Forest here in Tennessee. HB-1A, L Tuner, Baby Black
Widow keyer, and a wire in a tree about 80-100' high. Weather was warm.
I often moved my truck to keep it in the shade :-). Sat in the bed and
used the toolbox for my table. Bugs were way down from normal this time
of year probably due to the dry weather.
TJ - WØEA
Thanks for putting the event
together, had a great time!
Ben - NN9S/4
I'm a Chicagoan visiting my inlaws in coastal North Carolina this week.
Set up in a local park overlooking a farmer's field, using a
watt Tentec R4020, A123 battery, and a PAR 40/20/10m endfed
dipole. Threw the dipole over a 30' branch, sloped it down 45
degrees to the picnic table, and worked for 2.5 hours. Happy
have reached Larry W2LJ at the end!
Kelly - K4UPG
I ran my Sierra at 2.4 watts out into an end fed half wave suspended as
a sloper from the 31 ft Jackite pole in a WNW direction. I normally use
the trees to get a bit more height for my wire, but the Jackite goes up
and down faster and with storms coming, I chose the simple and fast way
to git 'er done. Turned out to be a good choice. Band conditions were
pretty good on 20m and I was hearing a good bit of activity. After 1800
the Caribbean, Central and South American SSB stations were causing a
good bit of QRM down here in FL. They all seem to run power and gain
antennas so we learn to listen through the chatter here in
The approaching storm was obvious as QRN increased with distant
lightning stirring up the noise and crashes. Nonetheless, the signals
were pretty good despite the distractions and there were some SKCC,
FISTS and other cw fans out there having fun too which made the band
I built a simple key and attaching a photo of my K4UPG Knee Cap Key.
Used the lid of a bulk black peppercorn jar and made a simple
non-iambic key with paper clips, standoff and a bit of wire. It
actually worked fairly well, but not good enough to use for the whole
contest. As a long time CPG (Contest Point Giver) I decided that was a
good way to give myself some points so took advantage of the bonus
points! It did inspire me to try a more substantial lid and make a
strap to use it as a leg key for portable ops. It was fun to
so many familiar calls and work a few of our fellow Polar Bear Ops who
were out for the fun too. Sure appreciate the effort to put this event
on the calendar and process the results. Thanks to the NJQRP group for
the support of our niche in the hobby and to you Larry for the time you
devote to contests, blogs and getting us all out and on the air.
Phil - W3HZZ
What a nice event! The weather cooperated - temperature in the 80s,
Tried a new location - a pocket park, called "The Dell" in an upscale
community. Shaded, new picnic tables, babbling brook, and only a few
ants, flys, and skeeters. Unfortunately, I had left my slingshot
somewhere, so I couldn't get the 66' and 33' wires up very high. They
wound up as slopers. And The Dell was below street level. And, even
though the nearest home was 300 yards away, there was intermittent QRN
- a pump motor, perhaps - that really hammered me.
But the idea was being out with the skeeters. Not about making the big
number of Qs. I used my one month old MTR on 20 and 40. Output is
around 4 watts to End Fed Half Waves, no higher than 20 feet, used the
tuner we built at the NOGA buildathon. There seemed to several Skeeters
just calling CQ and not listening. They should have heard me, but only
listened for 3-5 seconds between calls. I worked two European stations
who were in other contests, just to have a reality check that it wasn't
my puny signal. Highlight was working 2 NOGA members on 40 and working
Larry, W2LJ. Thanks New Jersey QRP.
Pete - W1PNS
I was using an FT-817ND and a 33-foot wire vertical running up a
31-foot Jackite pole. Rain was in the forecast, so it was back to my
foul-weather FBB site -- King Street Memorial Park and the shelters.
This skeeter bit or got bit from Colorado to the west to Germany and
the Netherlands to the east. Again, thanks for holding this event!
Newt - N4EWT
I had a chance to play a little before Jim and I had to setup for the
Second Sunday Tech meeting at PDK - the subject yesterday was 'All
About the KX3'
Here's my breakdown:
Location - Dekalb Peachtree Airport Admin Bldg. Lawn
Rig KX3 Kit @ 5W
Antenna - Buddipole rigged for 40M Dipole @ 12' oriented E-W
Internal ATU, attached paddle
Thanks for putting the event together!
Jack - AI4SV/2
I drove up to New Jersey because I've heard NJ has QRPskeeters, as
compared to the QRO skeeters in Virginia, so that seemed
more appropriate. Murphy was my copilot. I set up in Ocean County Park
and became well acquainted with a few string-eating pine tree with
rough bark. I've been using the same wire for an antenna for quite a
while and it picked this trip to snap. After a few more
character-building incidents, I was finally set up by 18:20Z. My rig
was a TenTec 1320, and puts out about 4.5W. Until about 19:30Z, 20m was
short -- I was working East Coast. After that, conditions changed, and
suddenly WAE calls came pouring in, blotting out weaker signals and
forcing me upwards toward PSK territory. It was tempting to twirl the
dial down and try for some DX contacts, but I managed to stay on task.
On the positive side, I started hearing West Coast signals including a
few from California, although the furthest west that I worked turned
out to be Colorado. I gave my 40m Rock Mite a brief try. It did a great
job bringing in a top-40 radio station but did not land any QSOs.
Thanks to skeeter participants and organizers - it was a fun event. See
you next year. 72 - Jack, AI4SV
Bob - K2QPN
The skeeter hunt was held in
my back yard - where mosquitoes are
normally plentifully. AK2S, K2SQS, and I attended. We worked multi op
Lunch was servered. Menu was hoagies, potato salad, and watermelon. We
had a great time and look forward to other sprints.
Rig: Elecraft KX3 5Watts (kit)
Antenna: NorCal doublet held aloft by a 20 foot crappie pole.
Power: 5n1 Power Center (17AH battery) charged by a 10 watt solar panel.
Marc - W4MPS
Although I didn't think band conditions weren't great, the event was a
lot of fun. I wound up with 29 QSO's, of which 23 were
Skeeters. Lots of QRM from QSO Parties and contests but no
of Skeeters out there to find. The only one I heard but
contact was the Goatman WG0AT. He was only about an S-2 in
and I couldn't get through Steve's pileup. I didn't have a
to get out into the field, so I just worked from the home QTH using my
KX-3 at 5W, powered by an A123 battery pack, into an 80 Meter Loop
antenna. I'm taking the KX-3 on its first field trip this
Ocracoke Island, and I was anxious to see how the battery pack would
hold up. It ran all 4 hours and never got below
13.1V. So I
was really pleased about that.
Although I didn't make a specific paddle for the event, I did go into
the mothballs to recover a homebrew paddle from 1964, photo attached.
This paddle has a lot of sentimental value for me. It was a
from my Elmer, Jim Martin - W2VPL (East Brunswick, NJ) in recognition
of my successfully passing my Novice exam. This piece of
equipment has not been used in over 40 years. It's a solid
plate with micro switches to trigger dots and dashes. The
is made from circuit board material. So I cleaned it up a
hooked it up to the KX-3, and it worked like a champ. The
wider than I'm used to, so there were a couple of sending errors here
and there, but FB nevertheless. Using the paddle and thinking
Jim throughout the contest kept a smile on my face the whole time.
Thanks to you and the NJQRP club for a great sprint. And special thanks
to all those Skeeters out there. They did a great job, didn't
they? I'm sure I'll be one of them next year.
Mike - VE3WDM
It was a great contest I had
a blast being out in the out of
doors. It was not my best place for outdoor ops but due to the threat
of rain the place I chose allowed me to be on the air for the most time.
Mike - KB4WJA
Had a great time. Great weather. Four of us operated from
Rock State Park, NC.
Pictured Furman W4MJT, Dave KO4KO, Mike KB4WJA. 2nd picture
Furman operating YouKits HB1B. 3rd picture Rick N4RE and
with Elecraft KX1.
Julio - AK4VL
Had a great time operating
this event. Looking forward to the next one!
Attached is my little log file :-) Hope this is what you're
looking for, I'm a bit inexperienced when it comes to
contesting. Thank you so much!
Charlie - N7KN
This is my first serious attempt to actually do CW in a
contest. 4 big ones! FT 817 5W / portable with gain antenna.
There is always next year!
Eric - WD8RIF
Thanks for sponsoring a great event!
I operated The Skeeter Hunt at my old stand-by location: West State
Street Park in Athens, Ohio. The picnic shelter is nice, the trees are
conveniently-located, and it's easy to get to by car or bicycle.
I didn't make very many QSOs but spent much of my time trying to learn
how to use my new-to-me KX1 and comparing the performance of the KX1 on
Mid-MO Amateur Radio Club - NØSS
Three members of the Mid-MO Amateur Radio Club of Jefferson City,
Missouri, activated call sign "NØSS" during the inaugural
2012 Skeeter Hunt from Pine Ridge Camp Ground in the Mark Twain
National Forest near Guthrie, Missouri. NØSS is
the club's memorial call sign formerly held by long-time member and
well-known CW operator Tom Hammond who became a silent key on August 4,
Bill Gerth (W4RK), Mike McCrady (NØESE), and Kent Trimble
(K9ZTV) operated Kent's KX3, serial number 0021, which had been
purchased in kit form and utilized the KXPD3 paddle. Antenna
was an 84-foot end-fed wire sloping upward to a forty-foot
mast. Power came from a 2.3 AH LiFePO4 battery.
Bill designed and built (on-site) a home-brew hand key from a piece of
copper strap, a couple of screws, and a hardwood base the documentation
for which can be seen in one of the photographs.
Contact was made with stations in Germany, Slovenia, Yugoslavia,
France, and Canada. Other notable stations worked included
Skeeter Hunt originator, W2LJ, and the famous duo of "Peanut" and
"Rooster" at WGØAT.
Flying Pig QRP Club International North Central Tennessee Chapter -
Operators: KM6NN-John N5HOT-Terry NV4T-Doc KJ4MXI-Richard KT4FQ-Jim
This was a great contest and one of the few we worked the whole event.
Lots of questions from people walking in the area. The banks of the
Cumberland were a cool 80 degrees. The Flying Pigs were in rare form.
Great to contact WG0AT and W1PNS. Thanks again for all the fun... QRP
The Flying Pigs of Clarksville...
Brady - ACØXR
Hombrew key bonus: Yes. I built a homebrew key out of LEGO bricks, and
aluminum foil contacts! Attached are also a few pictures of the key,
and the rig which was a Steve Weber Tribander kit. Thanks for putting
on the great contest!
Will - NQ2W
I hoisted a 100 foot random wire as high as I could in the trees of my
yard along with the help of my trusty step-ladder and some PVC pipe -
yep, the tops of those trees are able to be reached - so much for
maximizing HAAT. Using an analyzer, I adjusted my tuner for the best
possible match for the band being used. Set the battery-powered K1 up
on the table on the deck and started listening for skeeters. Using my
homebrewed paddle - really designed and built for the Spartan Sprints -
I made my first skeeter contact shortly after the opening
Not so promising...things slowed down and I was only able to log 7 more
skeeters in the next hour and a half...so...rather than listen to
static, I decided to shut down and pull down the portable antenna,
being thankful for the 8 QSO's it provided, and set back up in my
normal operating position connected to my permanent antennas. I
figured, better to make more contacts and give out NY as a multiplier
than to take the X4 multiplier and listen to static. The decision
allowed me to make 15 more contacts...lesson learned...gotta have HAAT.
All in all...a very good experience and I'm looking forward to
improving my set-up for next year. The antenna and HAAT have to be the
mission...the Skeeter (like the Bumblebee) is definitely a cool
operating opportunity and I appreciate the efforts of the operators and
the organizers. Thanks for the Q's and thanks for the
event...fantastic...and I know I'm a better ham because of it. Until
next year...72/73, Will, NQ2W
Curt - WA2JSG
Chris - KQ2RP
Had a great time dong this
inaugural event from Point Mountain. Heard a good cloud of skeeters on
the air. Larry and the NJQRP gang gothis off to a great
start. Hopefully it breeds more skeeters in the coming years!
Somehow I missed the part about the skeeter homebrew key
bonus. There's always next year. Buzz!
Terry - W9UX
Looked like rain so set up antenna in driveway and operated the ATS-3A
from front yard until the "real" skeeters got the best of me.
Had fun and thanks for interesting QRP event. 72, Terry
Dave - NE5DL
Fun contest, in spite of the troubles I had. Set up on Cedar Hill in
TX, with temp about 102 degs, so shade and water were part of the
equipment. I used a inverted U (a Cebik design) at 30 feet on a guyed
heavy duty fibergalss pole (I was car portable). K2, palm paddles and a
120WH LiFEPo battery, somewhat of an overkill! The wind was so hard
that I had to guy my umbrella. After a while the guyed pole blew down
and fractured the dipole joiner. I was about ready to give up at the
point, but decided to carry on with the now droopy antenna horizontal
section at about about 20ft. The hanging dipole wires were about 2 feet
off the ground.
I did work the GOAT man, which was nice and the last contact was F5JWH
on 15M running in the SKCC WES. He gave a 519 but we made the QSO. Not
many contacts because of spending about 2 hours resurrecting the
antenna system. Next year will use my Alexloop.
Bryan - WØESE
Just wanted to thank you for putting on the "Skeeter Hunt". I
enjoyed it, and expect to participate in future years if it is
Paul - WO5X
I had a very good time setting up but the temp was so very hot today in
Arkansas. I had a great time working these stations. Hope to be
better prepared next year.
Charlie - W3CQB
Friday I decided to enter the contest. I had not planned to do
this. Everything in the garage (shack) is packed up while we are
doing some construction work. I found the boxes with the MFJ
9040, 9020, keyer and paddles. And all of the cables to hook them
up. I set everything up on the bench and it worked. Then I
dug through the storage shed and located a 40 meter and a 20 meter
dipole. And coax. Hey, I can do this. I asked
for a "skeeter number."
Saturday morning I learned that I was skeeter number 123.
Thanks Larry. I lugged all this stuff to a clearing in the woods
below the house. Well, the trees were not exactly
cooperative getting the ropes up. Then I found that I had two 40
meter dipoles. One of them is now a 20 meter dipole but not
resonate in any ham band. Pulling antennas up and down is hard
work for an old man. I decided that it was easier to go back to
the house and get the T1 antenna tuner than trim the antenna. This
tuner will not work if the battery has a "use before" date that is six
years ago. Back to the house but there not a single 9 volt
battery to be found. I went into town and got a new battery and
the tuner worked great.
It is now 3 hours into the contest, I am pooped and the WAE
contest is all over 20 meters. 40 meters was in good shape.
I made a few QSOs and called it quits. Was all of this worth 6
Rick - NK9G
I set up at 9 AM to do some testing of the Off Center Fed Dipole I
recently made. The balun is a 4:1 Air wound. And G5RV
I did comparisons of received signals. My second outing doing
this. G5RV Hands Down BETTER!
This was great afternoon Contest / Sprint. Conditions were not all that
bad. About 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM (CDST) I went back to 40 after going on
the band earlier and it was hot. Lots of signals but I had to leave for
a dinner commitment with company from out of town. I am looking
forward to this one for next year for sure.
Thanks Larry for your hard work putting this together.
George - KXØR
Location of Skeeter Hunt operation: Unnamed mountain 8900 feet
high, 3 miles east of Nederland, Colorado, near the old Magnolia mining
area, in Roosevelt National Forest
Gear all built by KX0R: ATS-3B QRP rig, 2 modified BLT tuners, 2
antenna switch boxes, 3-element 20M portable reversible Bird yagi
antenna at 40 feet, 20M folded dipole at 38 feet, 2 lithium-ion battery
My site was on a forested mountain east of Nederland, CO, at 8880
feet. I hiked up with a big pack full of gear in the early
morning – it is about ½ mile from the end of the dirt
road, and several hundred feet up, with no real trail. As soon as
I started to setup for the event, disaster struck - the 3-element 20M
Bird yagi came off the big spool in a horrible tangled mess, and it
took me over half an hour to untie and untangle the numerous wires and
ropes. Then I found a broken parasitic element connection, and
had to repair it without solder – just twisted it onto the relay
After the hassles, the Bird beam went up easily, suspended from four
tall pine trees at about 40 feet. I added a 20M folded dipole
hanging right below and perpendicular to the Bird – never had
tried this stunt. The system had three patterns: East or West,
relay switched; plus NW and SE, with a separate feedline and
Details: ATS-3B radio with 5W out, 12V lithium-ion battery, Palm
paddles, 2 BLT tuners, two antenna switch boxes, 2 window-line
feedlines, each about 55 feet, relay battery, headphones, 20M
3-element reversible Bird yagi, 9:1 homebrew Guanella transformer, 20M
folded dipole. All operation was on 20M.
The weather was perfect, cool and dry, with no storms or
lightning. The band conditions were OK but not great – many
signals were moderate to strong, but many were weak, with lots of
QSB. QRM from SSB and digital stations was a real issue at
times. Many ops helped with patient repeats until I got their
It sounded like most people were having a lot of fun – thanks to
all who worked with me to complete their contacts!
Comments on using a portable beam:
Portable beams are a BIG HASSLE compared to simple wire dipoles,
verticals, and loops. It takes 10 times the time and effort to
deal with a wire Bird yagi or Moxon, compared to a dipole or triangular
loop. You only get about 3 or 4 db more signal in one direction,
and you lose much more signal in the opposite direction! However,
3 or 4 db make a BIG difference with poor band conditions, with QRM and
QRN, or when running low power. Running the reversible Bird yagi
is pure pleasure – just flip the reversing switch when a station
calls from the back side, and he comes up more than 20 db, and the
other guys almost drop out. In the forward direction I hear and
often work many stations that are so weak that I would not have tried
to work them if they were down 3 db! Amazingly they always seem
to copy me! What I don’t know is whether the forward gain
makes up for contacts lost off the back side. When I call CQ to
the east, there must be many West Coast stations who never come back
because they can’t copy. When I call CQ to the west,
eastern stations can’t hear me and try to take my
frequency. Even so, having a beam on a mountain for a few hours
is a lot of fun, and it’s very cool to sit under it and run it
with the clouds flying by!
Harry - K9DXA
Thanks for putting this event together. I operated portable while
visiting friends near Lac Du Flambeau, Vilas county, Wisconsin. I
needed the skeeter image to stay focused during the great weather we
had. You can see the 55' insulated hook up wire vertical just in front
of the skeeter. Counterpoise was just another 17' piece of hook up wire
laying on the ground. We definitely need to do this again next year.
20M was the active band again. Just one QSO on 40M. Thanks to all for a
John Paul - AB4PP
I operated from Durant Nature Park, Raleigh, NC. I walked into
the park from the parking area. I used my Wilderness Sierra which
someone else made and sold to me. So I cannot claim the X4 But
rather the X3 for the points. The antenna was a made up Iditarod,
for 40 and 20 meters. (20/40 meter dipole)
I put it up on a DK9SQ mast and hung the ends from the trees . I
set up on a park bench. I had some deer and squirrels visit and
had plenty of people come by while
I was sitting there. And then there was the friendly snake!
Rem - K6BBQ
Rig - Yaesu FT-817ND, Paddle - N0SA (TIP-1) Tiny Iambic Paddle, 7.5Ah
battery, 10 watt solar panel, Buddipole antenna with 16' mast.
I enjoyed the location for the Flight of the Bumblebees so much that I
made my second visit here for the Skeeter Hunt. The salt water
makes a big difference and I think if it wasn't for that, I may not
have worked Jim, W4QO, not to mention hear him. Over 2.5 hours I
had 10 QSOs. One of my four non-skeeter QSOs was with Ed,
W7GVE who I had one of my earliest CW QSOs with. It has been a
couple of years since our last QSO and we enjoyed a short chat.
Here are the stations that I've had QSOs with before - (W4QO, WG0AT,
KX0R, N0SS, NK9G, W7GVE).
The weather was great and radio conditions improved some from
Saturday. I hope this new event is a reminder to QRPers that just
like FYBO and FOBB, when a lot of QRPers get on the air for an event,
QSOs with other QRP participants is guaranteed. Having over 100
participating stations meant there was some skeeter somewhere that a
station could hear and could QSO with.
Thanks for creating this contest NJQRP.
Steve - WGØAT
Larry - W2LJ
had a real good time during the 1st Annual Skeeter Hunt today, although
the outlook appeared bleak from the very beginning. Just as I was
heading out the door to go to the park, our vacuum cleaner decided to
give up the ghost. It made a real funny noise and a burning
smell. I tried troubleshooting it quickly; but it turned out we
needed a new one. Of course, my XYL didn't want to wait; so it
was off to Target to buy a new one.
chore taken care of, I headed to the park (dressed in my WGØAT
"Old Goats Rule - QRP Adventures" T-shirt!) - nearly an hour and a bit
into the contest. Fortunately, everything after the vacuum
cleaner incident went as smooth as butter!
weather here in Central NJ was gorgeous! A high of about 84F with
sunny, blue skies and lots of white, puffy clouds. The humidity
was not bad, and the only Skeeters that I had to worry about were the
ones on the airwaves.
wrist rocket got a line up over a pretty high tree branch on my first
attempt. The PAR antenna went up without any trouble at all and
and didn't even cause the KX3's autotuner to even so much as burp - 1:1
SWR on both 20 Meters and 40 Meters. The little box to the right
of the KX3 is the PAR matchbox. I used my Whiterook single lever
paddle today. And of course, you can see Ol' Blue, my battery, up
there in the upper left hand corner of the camping table.
the good SWR on 20 and 40 was a very good thing, because unlike the
Flight of the Bumblebees, I was to find a lot of activity on 40 Meters.
In fact, a little after 20:00 UTC, 20 Meters became dominated by
European stations and I was barely able to hear any Skeeters on that
band after that point.
all, I managed 28 QSOs - 13 were on 20 Meters and 15 were on 40 Meters.
Best DX was working Mike DJ5AV from Germany on 20 Meters at 18:55
UTC. I only got a 529 from him; but there were a lot of strong
signals on both bands and I received quite a few 579s to 599s in
addition to the "normal" 559s.
down was just as easy as set up. After the contest ended, I was
able to pack up things and be out of the park in less than 10 minutes.
would like to thank all of you who took the time to participate in this
first ever NJQRP Skeeter Hunt. I think a good time was had by
all; and this will definitely become an annual Summer QRP event.