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Thursday, March 28, 2013

These Loops Are Made For Walking

These loops are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do one of these days these loops are gonna ... you know the rest!
Of course I am referring to the WalkHam Loop from AlexLoop.
Today, my lunch ops were a test of a semi pedestrian mobile setup. The AlexLoop is carried on a pole with a spike that can be stood up on the turf. The Elecraft KX3 and Tenergy battery are in cases on my belt supported by shoulder straps. I am using a headset to keep my hands free. I worked Randy W6OAR in CA and two local hams Charlie N4DPU and Frank KS4IO. They meet on 21.255 around lunch. I also worked CS8ABA in the Azores. He gave me a weak report but we exchanged all the info.

I was testing this configuration for the first session of RaDAR America coming on April 6th. I am going to be moving on foot between locations and I think this combination will work fine. You don't have to make contacts in motion but you must move .6 miles for every 5 contacts. I am looking favorably at being at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach FL. I can operate from the pier, beach, and  picnic areas which are spread out in the park. Please consider operating one of the many categories for RaDAR America.

Alex Loop on pole with a ground spike.

Tenergy 10AH LiFe battery in case.

KX3 in LowePro Edit 140 case with top removed.

Operator with a Microsoft headset