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Portable QRP Day

Postby N3SQV » Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:01 am

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Went out to the park and got a chance to go portable. Good time (even though I forgot my key at home :(
73's de N3SQV John
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Postby aa9kh » Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:39 pm

Hw da heck ya gg 2 wrk ani SKCCers sans key OB dididahdahdidit

Glad ya had fun anyhow. Maybe a solar panel/gel cell batt and more antenna will bag ya AA9KH. I'll be listenin' ... sometimes, as others can attest.

CUL?

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Postby k8jd » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:52 am

In the summer I take my MFJ QRP rigs and a 6AH battery out to the picnic table and throw a dipole over tree branches.
I have worked all over the country with a few watts with a hasty antenna 15 or 20 ft up in a tree. 40 and 30 M bands work best for me.
I have an old Gym bag to transport the rigs and antenna wire to campgrounds on long weekends or vacation weeks.
I use MFJ Cubs for 40 and 80M and a MFJ9030 for 30M, small SWR meter and my old J38 key.
I have not gone portable on 80M yet since there usually is just enough room for the 40M ant. Maybe I will try a short end fed with a loading coil.
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Postby kb4qqj » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:34 am

K8JD,
Next hamfest you're at, pick up an old Hustler mobile antenna for 75/80. Make some sort of portable mount, (camera tripod) and three 25 foot counterpoise. They don't have to be spread out. fire up the 80 meter and work the entire US after dark. I've done it may times using a hamstick as well. But there in lies the crux, you will have to be portable ofter dark. Make it a camping trip or backyard event. Bring plenty bug repellent.

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Postby k8jd » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:51 pm

OK Randy, I have used the hustler mobile antennas on car and work truck.
On 80M they are HORRIBLY inefficient at 100 watts. I wonder if ANYBODY would hear me with 3 W !!
Radials would have to be 66 ft long to do much good.
Will pass on loaded 8 ft whip for now.
I was thinking on more like a 40 ft wire with a variable coil for loading but the counterpoise still might be a tanglefoot snare for passers by.
I operate from relatively crowded public campgrounds and even the 40 & 30 M dipoles are not always do-able.
73....JD
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Postby Guest » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:37 am

I've had great luck with the Hustler/bug catcher antennas on 80 meters? I work the WES pretty regular and run up 30-40 contacts driving to Charlotte. Don't believe it if they tell you it takes a counterpoise of 66 feet for 80 meters. Hog pucky. Or is it horse... :-) We design and manufacture antennas and that just ain't so. The easy thing to do is just ground it to your vehicle bumper/Reese Hitch etc. No counterpoise needed. I've never lacked for contacts on 80 meters mobile, even in the bottom of the cycle.

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Postby kb4qqj » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:38 am

I don't know how that came out as a guest post?? I've been in this forum for a long time and even a moderator......guest??? I dunno

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Postby k8jd » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:46 am

160 and 80 M are BEST at the minimum of the solar cycle ! 15 and 10 are worse at the bottom of the so,lar cycle.
10M and 6M sporadic E is as good any time durning a solar cycle.
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Postby W5ALT » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:52 am

I have a Blue Star P1 portable vertical that I've used. It is light, breaks down to fit in a small package, and I can set it up most anywhere.

This past weekend I set it up at the apartment here and managed to make a few QSOs on 20, 30 and 40m. I was surprised it worked as well as it did, but I've learned that if you don't try, you never know what will work.

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Postby k8jd » Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:13 am

I suppose if I wanted to wk 20M a quarterwave is only 16 ft tall, could make a clamp to put it on the bumper of the camper.
I am not much of a 20M op though.
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