[caption id="attachment_1259" align="alignleft" width="300"] Portable HF
setup on Methodist Hill North[/caption]
- When: 2017-12-23 from 1832Z to 1915Z
- Where: Methodist Hill North - W3/PD-006
- Who: Just me
- Ascent: None (see below)
- Equipment: Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
- APRS Coverage: Excellent
- T-Mobile Coverage: Nil
I arrived at the summit a little earlier than I had originally planned
only because of the littlest one's nap time. I also didn't hike in due
to the weather, which was and is a disappointment. Nonetheless, I did
wander around the activation zone a bit trying to find that perfect
place to setup. Unfortunately, I had to settle for a rotten log in an
area that wasn't as thick, brush-wise, as the rest of the area.
This is the first deployment of my Elecraft KX3 and, coupled with the
SOTABEAM MIDI antenna, I have no complaints. Receive noise levels were
low and signals were decent. Only problem I could find in the whole mix
[caption id="attachment_1260" align="alignright" width="169"]
SOTABEAM MIDI deployed in the woods.[/caption]
I mentioned the weather wasn't great. Temperatures were in the 40Fs with
a breeze. There was also rain. My CW likely ranks among the worst on the
air and it gets worse when I'm sitting on the wet, cold ground being
rained upon. For those that worked me, thank you. For those that worked
me towards the end on 40m, as we say down in the South, "bless your
heart". I was going to try some PSK31 to give my fist a break but the
USB connection for the keyboard seems to make a lot of RF hash noise.
Switching to voice yielded no contacts so I just packed up and headed
down the mountain.
First, I need lightweight gloves that will keep my fingers warm but will
still allow operation of a CW key. Even at moderately cool
temperatures, my fingers were getting too cold to not make mistakes when
sending CW. Not sure what to do about my brain getting too cold to not
make mistakes when decoding CW.
Second, I need to find something lightweight and flexible to sit on that
will insulate my butt and keep me dry while I sit on the ground. It was
not comfortable to absorb the dampness that was the ground while making
Thirteen contacts in the log and a new summit to boot. Overall, I'm
happy with the activation and can hardly wait to do it again!