Of course battery operation and QRP go together. The KX3 has a high efficiency mode at 3 watts. So I wanted to try some 3 watt operation. I was in Dothan Sunday and I did some reverse beacon tests. My antenna there is a off center fed dipole. It did pretty good at 3 watts. See the spots below.
Then I wanted to try some QSOs. First was a QSO to Alaska with KL7IDA on 28.050. This is what I call Made My Day QSO! Then I worked KW7D in New Mexico on 17 meters. And last K3WWP John in PA on 14.061. John is a well known QRPer and he was using a KX3 to an attic dipole.
BTW, I don't see any problem charging the batteries via my solar panel. It looks like I can operate off the solar panel as well. If the panel dips the batteries take over. I have a DC to DC converter that will regulate the voltage. I also can use it to boost a source that is less than to 13.8 volts up to the 13.8 volts needed to charge the KX3 internal batteries.
|NC7J||N4KGL||28061.9||CW CQ||15 dB||13 wpm||2045z 18 Nov|
|WA7LNW||N4KGL||28062.0||CW CQ||27 dB||13 wpm||2045z 18 Nov|
|N0TA||N4KGL||24906.1||CW CQ||18 dB||13 wpm||2044z 18 Nov|
|PJ2T||N4KGL||24906.0||CW CQ||14 dB||13 wpm||2043z 18 Nov|
|WA7LNW||N4KGL||24906.0||CW CQ||17 dB||13 wpm||2043z 18 Nov|
|PJ2T||N4KGL||21062.0||CW CQ||3 dB||13 wpm||2042z 18 Nov|
|KQ8M||N4KGL||18096.1||CW CQ||19 dB||13 wpm||2040z 18 Nov|
|W3LPL||N4KGL||18096.1||CW CQ||23 dB||13 wpm||2039z 18 Nov|
|KQ8M||N4KGL||18096.1||CW CQ||19 dB||13 wpm||2039z 18 Nov|
|AA4VV||N4KGL||14062.0||CW CQ||27 dB||14 wpm||2038z 18 Nov|
|N4ZR||N4KGL||14062.0||CW CQ||10 dB||13 wpm||2038z 18 Nov|
|VE2WU||N4KGL||14062.0||CW CQ||12 dB||13 wpm||2037z 18 Nov|
|KM3T||N4KGL||14062.0||CW CQ||17 dB||13 wpm||2037z 18 Nov|
|NY3A||N4KGL||14062.0||CW CQ||14 dB||13 wpm||2037z 18 Nov|
|W3LPL||N4KGL||10107.0||CW CQ||15 dB||13 wpm||2036z 18 Nov|
|AA4VV||N4KGL||10107.0||CW CQ||22 dB||13 wpm||2035z 18 Nov|
|AA4VV||N4KGL||7055.0||CW CQ||15 dB||13 wpm||2032z 18 Nov|
|W4KKN||N4KGL||7032.7||CW CQ||4 dB||15 wpm||1850z 17 Nov|
|NY3A||N4KGL||7032.7||CW CQ||5 dB||15 wpm||1850z 17 Nov|