My target band was 17 meters. The antenna was 13 foot of wire taped to the pole and a 9 to 1 balun with two foot of coax to the rig. I kind of knew better but I went with no drag wire. The rig tuned via internal tuner and the spots were good. However, a couple of times I had excessive tuning. It think I'll hang something off the counterpoise terminal next time. The rig and my body were most likely the other half of the antenna. However, the antenna performed better than a buddistick/drag wire arrangement I tested.
As you can see from the pictures it was a beautiful day and and I joined members of the Panama City ARC at a local park beside the bay for portable ops. I worked Pat F5MFO near Paris on CW and PJ2/DL5MFL Curacao on SSB. This was followed by another SSB contact with Bob K0WOJ in Missouri. Bob gave me an S8 and it was a good conversation.
Certainly the size, weight, internal tuner and multiple modes make the KX3 ideal for pedestrian mobile. Likewise for the LiFePO4 battery.
Post Outing Analysis: I found that hanging a 13 foot wire off the counterpoise terminal of the 9 to 1 balun is a good thing. There is about the same on the antenna side. The 9 to 1 balun tends to flatten SWR to a range the KX3 tuner can handle on 40 and up. So I will use that setup the next PM Outing..
|WZ7I||N4KGL||18084.4||CW CQ||19 dB||14 wpm||1553z 10 Nov|
|N0TA||N4KGL||18084.4||CW CQ||14 dB||15 wpm||1553z 10 Nov|
|WA7LNW||N4KGL||18084.4||CW CQ||22 dB||15 wpm||1553z 10 Nov|
|W3LPL||N4KGL||18084.4||CW CQ||14 dB||15 wpm||1553z 10 Nov|
|N7TR||N4KGL||18084.4||CW CQ||9 dB||15 wpm||1553z 10 Nov|
|WA7LNW||N4KGL||18080.8||CW CQ||11 dB||13 wpm||1528z 10 Nov|
|PJ2T||N4KGL||18080.8||CW CQ||6 dB||13 wpm||1528z 10 Nov|
|KQ8M||N4KGL||18080.9||CW CQ||17 dB||13 wpm||1528z 10 Nov|
|WZ7I||N4KGL||18080.8||CW CQ||20 dB||13 wpm||1528z 10 Nov|
|KQ8M-98||N4KGL||18080.9||CW CQ||9 dB||13 wpm||1528z 10 Nov|
|W3LPL||N4KGL||18080.9||CW CQ||19 dB||13 wpm||1528z 10 Nov|