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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

QRP ARCI Spring QSO Party April 7and 8th

On Saturday I started at the rocket launch Samson AL. So I spend a about 30 minutes operating from the field and got five contacts on 20 meters. I was using my ICOM 703 at 4 watts with about a 40 foot wire sloping to a fiberglass pole. The wire was connected to the IC-703 using a Balun Designs 9 to 1 Balun. I had about 20 feet of counterpoise on the ground side. This configuration will tune up on most bands with the IC 703 internal tuner. There was nothing scientific about the wire lengths.

I continued on Sunday from my parents home in Dothan. I have a 135 foot OCF dipole there. I finished out with 27 contacts. The SPCs were 20M TX(3) MI(3) ON(3) MN SD MO VA(2) NE WI NM AZ(2) PA KS CA ME IN FL 15M AZ(2). It was fun to work K7CHS Rick in Kingman AZ on both 15 and 20 meters. I took advantage of the SKCC Week End Sprint that was also operating. I could count those if I got their power. It felt good to get some QRP operating in the logs. I was pleased to have a visit Sunday PM from Thomas WD0HBR who lives in Dothan.

Greg N4KGL

I don't have any radio pictures so here is a rocket photo from the launch: