G4KLE Operating with Low Power and Portable
Took Elecraft KX3 out last week for a little bit of Low Power (5 Watts QRP) working from Ferry Lagoon (Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire).
After making sure batteries were fully charge and packing up my “Shack in a Sack”, I mounted my trusty steed (mountain bike) and rode the 5 miles to a previously recced site for an afternoons Amateur Radio operating. Sun was shining and the temp was about 21C, so perfect for sitting by the lake.
On plugging into KX3 I thought there must be a fault as I could not hear anything on the Band, not to be perturbed, I put out a CQ call on CW and straight away I was rewarded with a reply of 579 from a station up in Newcastle (400 miles). I realised that there was no AE or Eqpt fault; it was just that this location (in the middle of a lake – figuratively speaking) was free of any interference. FANTASTIC!!
Stayed out for 2 hours in a very quiet and pleasant QTH and made 7 contacts (England, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Germany & Norway) in total (6 CW (Morse) and 1 SSB (Voice)). I was very pleased with my excursion to a very new location.
So, Best 73’s and hope to update again later…..
Mervyn – G4KLE/QRP/P