Freeze Your Butt Off Not! It was a beautiful day in Northwest Florida for FYBO, The temps went from 39 to 55 degrees. Low winds and plenty of sunshine was in my favor. The FYBO event is sponsored by the Arizona Scorpions QRP Club. I got setup about 9 AM and I had the last contact about 1:30 PM.
|Chameleon Windom 40 OCF|
I had fifteen contacts running five watts with the the KX3. The power was strictly solar. I used a solar panel to charge my supercapacitor bank via a solar controller. The antenna was a Windom 40 from Chameleon Antennas. I got it up about 30 feet.
|Two Bioenno 28 watt panels in parallel.|
|The 58 Farad Supercapacitor bank|
The breakdown was 40 CW (4), 40 SSB (6), 20 CW (3), 20 SSB (2). I had help from several locals including W5RE, WB4BLX K4GXV, N1HQ, N4URU and KK4DWE. The only FYOB station I heard was WA5BDU in Arkansas. The location was pretty noisy and the bands were not too good for QRP.
|W8JERs mag loop|
|The capacitor for higher power|
|Luna, Ron and John|
I had plenty of eyeball QSOs including Micky KE8ASK and John W8JER. John brought a couple of homemade magnetic loops including one that can handle 100 watts.
|Suzy getting some Sun|
Suzy demonstrated how to relax and enjoy the sun!