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by Brian - K3ES
Tue Jun 25, 2024 3:55 pm
Forum: Field Kits and Reports
Topic: TR-35 Fun
Replies: 1
Views: 342

TR-35 Fun

It has been a while since I have taken my Penntek TR-35 to a park. I had almost forgotten what a fun, no-nonsense rig it is. Paired with a linked EFRW, it was good for 27 contacts during an hour of operating in the woods. It was a great way to spend a cool morning!

Best 73 de Brian - K3ES
by Brian - K3ES
Thu May 30, 2024 11:52 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: How do people organize/store wire antennas
Replies: 10
Views: 1507

Re: How do people organize/store wire antennas

For those of you with multiple wire antennas, especially for field activations, how do you keep them organized at home? I use mostly wire antennas for activating in the field: multiple EFRWs, multiple EFHWs, and a dipole. I keep each antenna wrapped on its own winder. Most of them are then containe...
by Brian - K3ES
Sat May 25, 2024 3:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CW and QRP
Replies: 2
Views: 771

CW and QRP

CW mode and QRP operations complement each other well: CW makes efficient use of radiated power. Many small and high efficiency rigs are CW-only. Many low cost rigs are CW-only. How about starting a conversation about CW: Are you an old hand, a new operator, would you like to learn, or do you have n...
by Brian - K3ES
Sun Apr 28, 2024 8:23 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: RG-174 or RG-316
Replies: 7
Views: 13464

Re: RG-174 or RG-316

I carry a 15 ft piece of RG316 feed line (with male BNC connectors at each end) in each of my field kits. My reasons are: A 15 ft piece of RG316, as RG174, is light weight . I have to carry it with the rest of my gear, sometimes for short distances, and sometimes for miles. Losses on RG316, or RG174...
by Brian - K3ES
Mon Apr 22, 2024 11:02 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: EFHW/RW - Attaching wire to balun
Replies: 17
Views: 23016

Re: EFHW/RW - Attaching wire to balun

One recommendation. Your design drawing has three holes along the length of each "arm" of the winder body. Weave the end of the radiating wire through the holes of one arm before making the electrical connection. You can do the same with another arm for the counterpoise wire, if desired. T...
by Brian - K3ES
Tue Apr 16, 2024 9:48 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Where to go for QRP activations
Replies: 2
Views: 5646

Re: Where to go for QRP activations

Hi all. I am seeking advice. I am towing a small travel trailer-18’ to FDIM and then on to Maine and Lobstercon. I actually am somewhat planning and have reservations in lubec, ME July 1-9, then Lobstercon July 11-16. After FDIM and July 1, I have no plans. I was thinking about heading to Georgia, ...
by Brian - K3ES
Sat Mar 30, 2024 2:11 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Mobile Mounting a Yaesu FT818?
Replies: 3
Views: 8321

Re: Mobile Mounting a Yaesu FT818?

Richard, The hook side of hook/loop fastener tape (Velcro) will attach well to carpet if you have it in convenient locations In your vehicle. When adhesive bonded to a transceiver body or mounting bracket, the hooks will hold firmly to a carpeted surface, leaving no permanent change to the vehicle i...
by Brian - K3ES
Sun Mar 03, 2024 2:34 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: net group
Replies: 1
Views: 4989

Re: net group

When does the QRP group get together on 70 and/or 40 meters? I would like to join a group. Ron Hi Ron, Here are some resources: 1. QRP calling frequencies are often monitored by operators running low power. The link below has a list of frequencies by band and mode. This gives you good places to cal...
by Brian - K3ES
Sun Feb 25, 2024 7:43 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: thoughts on band scopes
Replies: 4
Views: 6046

Re: thoughts on band scopes

What are your thoughts on full break-in or qsk operation? How important is that feature to you? I am newer to CW operating than many (about 3 years into my CW journey now), and it would be good to have others comment. Here are my thoughts. Semi-break-in can be an advantage when sending in crowded c...
by Brian - K3ES
Sun Feb 25, 2024 3:14 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: thoughts on band scopes
Replies: 4
Views: 6046

Re: thoughts on band scopes

How useful is a band scope for a CW only operator? Any and all comments appreciated. Thank you. Personal opinion: It depends how you are operating. For hunting DXpeditions working split, a band scope can be a great help in finding where to position yourself among the callers. For contesting, a band...