QRP from the Shore
Tim W3ATB and I went to the shore today. We used a kite supported
Between us we worked a dozen stations including Russia and Tabarca
It was a glorious day.
We had a picnic lunch after Tim tossed a wire over a pine tree. He
wouldn't eat lunch
until he had made a QSO.... with Paul KW7D in New Mexico. (Tim did
NOT want to be
We worked quite a few stations at the picnic table using Tim's wire
over the tree
branch. We passed the little KX2 back and forth and had a leisurely
time of it.
After an hour or so we pulled out the kite, but there just
wasn't enough wind and
we gave up on the idea. After making lots of QSOs we were ready to
call it a day and
As we were heading out, we noticed a clearing by the shore with a
picnic table. We went over to check
it out. Right away we had a gorgeous view and there was wind. So we
decided to set up again... this
time with the kite. It was easy... put up the kite... attach the
antenna midway up the string, and let the
wire hang down vertically. We sat directly under the wire.
The circular concrete structure is a WW2 cannon emplacement.
Portsmouth Harbor was protected
by a series of bunkers and cannon positions. The cannon rested on
the track and could be aimed by
rotating the equipment on the rail. Anyway... as soon as I set up
here with the kite antenna, I heard
RA3BY in Russia working stations. He was strong enough that I was
pretty sure I could work him.
George gave me a 539 and we completed the exchange.
I was pretty excited and handed the rig to Tim. The Russian station
quit so Tim went hunting. He
found EA5EL/P working IOTA in Tabarca Island. They exchanged 599s
and we considered the
mission a success.
Here's my log for the day:
27 Jul-18 1701 14.032 KK4IP CW 539 599
27 Jul-18 1730 14.035 KG4CUY CW 549 599
27 Jul-18 1745 14.030 KU8T CW 599 599
27 Jul-18 1800 14.045 UA1AFT CW 559 599 Russia
27 Jul-18 1820 14.028 K4UX CW 449 599
27 Jul-18 1850 14.017 RA3BY CW 539 559
This time we packed up for real, pulled down the kite, and headed