|20 foot poles for NorCal doublet at rocket launch|
|Pixie for Pet Rock Contest|
|W8JER John talks to a friend in Michigan at the rocket launch|
|KX3 and Alexloop demo at Hamcation|
In March, I supported the Panama City club at the Red Cross Home Expo. I setup in the outside area beside the Red Cross Van and gave a demo of ham radio. It was a SKCC Weekend Sprint that day and I racked up quite a few contacts with the Alexloop. It was this month I discovered the Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio RaDAR concept from Marcus NX5MK. Marcus established the RaDAR America contest and program. This led me to Eddie ZS6BNE's site where I learned how the RaDAR idea got started in South Africa.
|Alexloop and KX3 setup next to the Red Cross truck.|
|88 foot ribbon cable doublet for 40 meter NVIS|
|N4KGL and Alexloop at April RaDAR Contest|
|Alexloop at Top Sail Preserve State Park|
|Operating at St. George Island Lighthouse|
In June, I did Field Day with the Panama City ARC club. The hex beam was used and also a 40 meter horizontal loop. The ops were outside using my KX3 solely on battery power for the duration.
|Bob KK4DIV operating the KX3 at Field Day|
|NA4RR Hex Beam at Field Day|
|Falling Water State Park|
|KX3 with Ham Central Terminal|
|N4KGL at Skeeter Hunt|
|Three Amigos: Greg N4KGL, John K4KQZ and Marv KK4DKT|
|Tuna Tin Build-A-Thon on Monte Sano|
|Oxnard Beach Park|
|Oxnard Beach Setup|
|Sunset from the top of a California Sand Dune|
|10/25 Zombie Shuffle night ops|
|10/26 Headland Tailgate|
|Location 1 with 40 meter half wave|
|Location 2: Sandy Point with a 20 meter half wave vertical|
In December, I did RaDAR ops including a day in the Apalachicola/St George Island area and a day at Falling Waters State Park.
|EL79NP69 St George Island Lighthouse|
|My setup by the lake at Falling Waters State Park|
I must say I have had great service from Elecraft KX3 all year. Wayne commented that the KX3 was designed with this kind of operating in mind. Likewise, the Alexloop is up to any deployment. I often wonder why I pack anything else. The Ham Central Terminal has expanded the KX3 capabilities nicely. The Tenergy LiFePHO4 Battery and LNR Trail Friendly End Fed get honorable mention. All of the gear above fits in my backpack shown below.
I'd say this was a pretty good year. I made lots of friends through Ham Radio. Thanks to everyone at the other end of the Ether.