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by KL7MJ
Fri Mar 01, 2024 5:33 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Is it too hard to start out on HF with QRP?
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Is it too hard to start out on HF with QRP?

Power isn't as important as a good antenna and a good rig. When I was first licensed, I floundered for a couple of months with a Johnson Viking Ranger II transmitter and a gigantic blue receiver (I can't remember what make). My antenna was a dipole strung between my house and the house behind us at ...
by KL7MJ
Mon Feb 26, 2024 6:37 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: What is the difference between QRP Guys and QRP Builder?
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: What is the difference between QRP Guys and QRP Builder?

What is the part that you need? I have built one of these on my own using parts from the local hardware store. The only tricky part (for me) was drilling the hole in the end caps - you really need a drill press do get the holes straight and centered.
by KL7MJ
Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Wet weather antennas
Replies: 3
Views: 305

Re: Wet weather antennas

I have an EFRW in my back yard that I run a length of coax out to through the back door. I covered the unun box with a ziplock baggie (poked a small hole in one corner for the wire, and a larger hole in the other corner for the tie off - the radial and the coax come out the open bottom of the baggie...
by KL7MJ
Thu Feb 08, 2024 6:13 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: What is the difference between QRP Guys and QRP Builder?
Replies: 5
Views: 371

What is the difference between QRP Guys and QRP Builder?

I saw a link to qrpbuilder.com on a mailing list. The website and the products look very similar to qrpguys.com
Are the two sites related?
by KL7MJ
Fri Jan 19, 2024 9:23 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: KM4CFT Antenna kit 30/17 meters
Replies: 4
Views: 2360

Re: KM4CFT Antenna kit 30/17 meters

The real question is, "what is the rest of your system?" What kind of radio are you using, and do you have/plan to have an antenna tuner? Like Brian said, a 17m and 30m are going to play well together on an EFHW unless it's built for 80m (multiples of 3.5 MHz). If you want just a 40/30/17 ...
by KL7MJ
Tue Jan 09, 2024 7:00 pm
Forum: Field Kits and Reports
Topic: Bear Interrupts DX Operation
Replies: 2
Views: 1859

Re: Bear Interrupts DX Operation

The lesson learned is to always have a partner (who runs slower than you do) watching for bears while you operate!
by KL7MJ
Mon Jan 08, 2024 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are you a Genuine Radio Collector
Replies: 3
Views: 2198

Re: Are you a Genuine Radio Collector

Can we be part of more than one category? I have my older radios gathering dust in the basement, but several newer QRP rigs that I try use as often as I can.
by KL7MJ
Fri Jan 05, 2024 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New ARRL POTA Book
Replies: 0
Views: 3603

New ARRL POTA Book

I just finished reading The Parks on the Air® Book – A POTA Book for Park Activators and Hunters from the ARRL. It was an enjoyable read. Each chapter featured a operator who talked about one aspect of POTA. Each chapter also included a list of that operator's equipment for activating or hunting (de...
by KL7MJ
Tue Dec 26, 2023 8:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The perfect POTA/SOTA rig
Replies: 2
Views: 2330

Re: The perfect POTA/SOTA rig

I think the ideal radio is one that has everything included in the case - radio, ATU and power. My KX1 fits that description, albeit only on 3 bands and only in CW. Having said that, I find enjoyment in the less than ideal - what can I do with things I built myself, or the most minimal setup possibl...
by KL7MJ
Tue Dec 26, 2023 7:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Favorite portable antenna
Replies: 2
Views: 2173

Re: Favorite portable antenna

I'm a big fan of end-fed antennas - they're cheap, easy to deploy and versatile. I've made several EFHW antennas including a couple with traps that work great without a tuner. I'm currently using a 35.5 ft EFRW with a tuner as my "primary" antenna. The most amazing contact with it was with...