I did not know about the team rule that had to be mailed in prior and it is not important as this was a non competitive event for Steve and I. We tried many different radios all in the name of fun.
Our first order of business was to move a picnic table from Steve's deck over to the hill and setup the antenna. The antenna played well on all bands we used. The first radio was the KX3 and PX3 powered by a GoalZero Sherpa 50 charged by a solar panel. The Sherpa 50 does not provide enough power to run the KX3 at the full 10 or 12 watts but it did run it at 5 watts most of the day. This coupled with the RF hash the solar system produces makes it something I cannot recommend.
|KX3 and PX3|
|Sherpa 50 providing power|
We also used a Steve Weber, KD1JV, designed ATS4 and finally another Steve Weber radio called the MTR or Mountain Topping Radio.
|Steve Weber (KD1JV Designed ATS4b) (80, 40, 30, 20 and 15 Meters)|
|The two band MTR|
|Close up of the MTR|
|WG0AT Goat Paddles|
This was a different thing for us by not being on a mountain top and having full access to cables, tools, drink etc. I liked it.
Here is a break down of my entry:
Category: Single Op
Alternative Power: Yes, Solar
Lowest Temperature: 55 Degrees (Feb in Colorado, you have to love it)
QRPp: No - 5 Watts
BAND QSOs SPCs NQ7RP
15 2 2 0
20 9 8 0
30 2 2 0
TOTAL: 13 12 0
Score = (13 X 12) (X2 Temp Factor) (X4 Field Factor) (X2 Alt Pwr) = 2496
|Mount Herman looms to the West of us|
|K0JQZ looking for QSOs (photo by wG0AT)|