SKCC 5123T----- FISTS 14979----- Flying Pigs 2331----- NAQCC 3610-----QRP ARCI 14176-----Polar Bear 257

Monday, April 30, 2012

Florida QSO Party as K6JSS Ops

K6JSS is a special call for the QRP ARCI Club. We volunteered to operate as K6JSS from Florida in the Florida QSO Party. We made this a club event at Panama City ARC. I had great help from Marv KK4DKT and Ron KK4DWE for ops and Don KK4DWC and Tom KK4TLC for logging. None of us are contest ops. I never did get much of a string going. Marv had a string of ten on SSB. I think the 38 SSB contacts were the most impressive because we were running 5 watts instead of 10 watts. I bet the exposure of the K6JSS call will click for most when they see it again on the web. We did have a time convincing a few that we really were in Florida. 

Most of the contacts were on my Icom 703. A few were on Marv's FT-897D. The antenna for 20 meters and 15 meters was a tri-band beam up 40 feet. On 40 meters we used a G5RV. I tried out a my new Tenergy 12.8V 10Ah LiFePO4 Rechargeable SLA Replacement Battery. I think the average current for FQP ops was right at 1 A. Note the IC 703 receive current is .55 A and transmit is 2 A. I think I got about 9 hours out of it or 9 AH out of a 10 AH battery. So this battery will cover any portable ops I do short of the 24 hours for Field Day. The battery weighs 2 pound and 10 ounces and can be charged by a regular SLA charger. 

See more photosIt was QRP fun! 

Greg N4KGL

        Band  Mode  QSOs    Pts  Sec
           7  CW      13      78    2
           7  LSB      6      18    2
          14  CW      40     240   20
          14  USB     29      87   15
          21  CW       9      54    5
          21  USB      3      9    1
       Total  Both   100     486   45

            Score : 21,870