I squeezed in some amateur radio at the Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society (SEARS) launch in Samson, Al. My goal was to QSO with my friends on 40 meters. I used a 40 meter dipole 9 feet above the field to take advantage of NVIS propagation. My rig was the KX2 at 10 watts.
I had success working:
Bob WB4BLX in Panama City (85 miles) CW
Bob W5RE in Crestview, FL (49 miles) CW
Tom WD0HBR in Dothan, AL (50 miles) CW
Phil N4STC in Panama City, FL (85 miles) SSB
Steve N4VSP in Lynn Haven, FL (85 miles) SSB
Bob KK4DIV in Chipley, FL (48 miles) SSB
KK4DIV was running 5 watts to Chameleon Loop from the Falling Waters State Park. I was very pleased. This antenna is a good choice for 40 meters particularly the close in contacts. I can shorten it up for higher bands as well. I forgot the stakes that came with the poles but I improvised. The poles breakdown into 3 foot sections that are pack-able. Here are a few more photos from the launch.