|Garry - WA1GWH
Worked only 40M starting with my SW-40+ @ 1W but going was too tough. Used TS-520 @ 4W and worked 13 stations. 40M dipole @ 15 ft. TNX to all ops for the repeats and for listening hard! Garry WA1GWH
TU Larry. You were my third contact.
Had planned to go to a park, wife unplanned the park. I set up in the back yard with a end fed ParZ tossed in a tree and a K2. Wasn't too hot and was able to work 16 stations on 20. For me the band would come and go. Long periods of not hearing much and then all of the sudden 3 NH stations answered me at once. When the band was down it was nice to sit back watch some birds and the jets on their approach to Dulles
event. Seemed to be good participation. Lots of buzzing heard. I had
wanted to set up in the backyard but life intruded and I did not have
time to do that. But it was hot here in the Mobile area today, heat
index hit 112 at 2 pm this afternoon. So I was not too disappointed at
halving my score to stay inside and cooler!
Pulled out my K1, which I built about 14 hears ago, and used it. Could it really be that long ago? Have not used it in a while. Good little rig. Ant was 100' wire up about 35' oriented mostly E/W.
20 was the main band, as usual. 32 out of the total of 36 Q's were made there. 3 on 15 and 1 on 40. Did work stations from CA to NY. But TX was weak. The pesky Texans usually boom into here, but not for the Skeeter hunt.
Checked my RBN spots after it was over. Had only 77 spots from only 21 skimmers for the entire hunt. Condx were not so good. But that is prop for ya'.
Thanks to everyone for the Q's and a big THANKS! to Larry for organizing it. See ya' next year!
fun event. I was hoping band conditions would perk up, but, much like
those NJ Skeeters, condx sucked. There were some great exceptions
though, when in a short spurt of upward QSB, I was able to log a few
Q's with our Rocky Mountain brethren.
The big skeeter-swatter himself KX0R was heard consistently all afternoon. He must have been using his patented 26 element wire "buzz beam" again- HI. Great to work the Skeeter Master W2LJ on 40 and 20 with big signals on both. I never heard one peep on 15 and didn't have enough wire for 80, but I know a few of our fellow KnightLites were active here in the Tar Heel state.
I operated from a nice spot in a field next to Lake Crabtree near Raleigh, although next time I'll look for a spot with some shade (severe meltation). I operated my KX3 with a 4.6 Ah LiFePO4 battery which, so far, has been a consistently reliable power source. Today's antenna was my trusty segmented dipole (40/30/20) set up as an inverted vee on a 20 foot extendable center pole. That's the same setup I used recently in EI-land. Weighs next to nothing and works FB.
Many thanks to Larry and the NJQRP gang for sponsoring the Skeeter Hunt. I look forward to it every year.
jumper inverted vee on 20’ Crappie Pole supported by conduit tripod
held steady with milk bottle filled with gravel.
It was a nice sunny afternoon atop Mt. Distant here in rural PA with no bees attacking the operator this year. In fact, no actual mosquitoes out this afternoon either but there were distractions: The old man with the tractor who is convinced my portable wire antenna is killing his grass and then there were the two grown men running a gasoline powered R/C truck around my antenna for entertainment. Go figure!
Thanks for the fun and the patient operators on the other end.
member of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team participated in the
2015 NJ QRP Club Skeeter Hunt operating event. Eric McFadden, WD8RIF,
operated at Tom Jenkins Dam in Burr Oak State Park as Skeeter #20. Eric
was joined by his wife, Vickie, KC8MAJ who helped with setup and
teardown but didn't operate.
Eric and Vickie arrived at Tom Jenkins Dam about an hour into the four-hour event and set up Eric's KX3 Travel Kit on a table in the picnic shelter. He and Vickie quickly hung the 28' end-fed wire from a suitable tree and made his first QSO on 20m with AD0AB at 1811Z.
A solar K-index of 3 caused very poor band conditions on 20m and 40m. Most Skeeter Hunt stations were weak and QSB was very fast and deep. In addition, the SKCC (link) Weekend Sprint (WES) was taking place right on the 20m QRP calling frequency, causing QRM.
Eric operated about 90 minutes and managed to work twelve stations on 20m and two stations on 40m.
|Very nice weather for GA in August... 88F.|
Slightly overcast under a large tree at Leita Thompson park about 1/2 mile from my QTH. Operating Conditions:
Homebuilt KX3 on a 4 cell LiFEPO battery. Logging: WINbook using N3FJP. WINKEY CW keyer. K8RA (sk) mini paddle
Antenna: W4QO OCF (100 foot doublet, fed at 33')
16' of 300 ohm window line, a 4:1 balun, 10' of coax to rig. tuned with KX3 internal tuner, height: 25' Erected with throw bag.
I did not have the best score, I did have the most scenic view - on a
hill on the east side of Portland, Maine, looking NE at Casco Bay.
Temperatures were in the seventies and a nice breeze kept the skeeters
away. The rig was an MTR, running about 4 watts on a LiPO battery. The
antenna was a LNR EndFed 40/20 dipole, one end up about 25 feet,
running in a NW - SE direction. Ideal conditions, except I wasn't
hearing much. There was a Polish station and Swiss station calling CQ
QRP to beat the band, but they didn't hear me. |
A lunch of Maine oysters, kept me off the air until nearly 14:45. Operated about 90 minutes.
|Inside my '74 VW Westy camper. My son is over by his VW bus along with his cousin in the background.|
The KX3 is being powered by that silver item near the window... a N1RX modified medical cart battery.
I didn't work many stations, but I have an excuse: I was set up over at my son's place, and the grandkids needed "Papa's" (my nickname) from time to time. Much as I love ham radio, I love the kids even more. :) I had lots of fun, in any event. It seemed to me that the bands were not in good shape... and that didn't help.
Already looking forward to another hunt next year. :)
the FOBB and the Skeeter Hunt, I got back home to Madagascar. I've been
posted here for the last year, and had worked with a G5RV up to this
point, but the skeeter hunt pushed me finally put the hex beam up.
After sweaty weekend of hammering, painting, stringing, lashing,
wiring, and hoping I got it all right, I got the beam pointed at
towards New Jersey an hour before the event. I have had a number of
QRP-to-QRP qsos from this QTH, but unfortunately, on the evening of the
skeeter hunt, conditions just weren't good enough for me to hear the
flutter of little mosquito wings from across the pond (the pond in this
case also including a portion of the Indian Ocean, the Middle East,
Europe, and the Atlantic for me to reach North America short path).
That's not to say I didn't get some QSOs, though. At one point, I set
up shop on 20m and called CQ at 5W. I had a run of contacts with EU
stations: Germany, England, Slovenia, Sweden and Estonia.
Unfortunately, most of them had no idea what I was doing. A few sent me
WAE exchanges and were confused when I asked their name and power,
which ranged from 100w (the lightweight) to 1kw. Not quite the QRP that
I was seeking. I have to give credit to one German station, though, who
either read my QRZ page or looked up what "CQ BZZ" meant - he was QRO,
but gave the right exchange. At one point, the floodgates opened when I
was spotted on dxsummit and I worked a run of stations (including a few
US stations, but not full contest exchange, so I'm not counting them).
When that died down, I switched strategies and went hunting for
mosquitoes, principally on 15 and 20m, which I thought were my best
bets. I patrolled vigilantly for mosquitos, but local spraying efforts
seem to have been effective -- none made it to my antenna. Looking
forward to trying this next year -- perhaps we can scare up some
additional mosquitos outside North America? 72 - Jack 5R8SV|