G4KLE Operating with Low Power and Portable

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).

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After making sure batteries were fully charge and packing up my BikeQRP“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.

Set up within 10 minutes with my 10m SotaBeam Travel MastSetUpQRP supporting my BandHopper IV Linked Dipole AE on 40m.

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 QTH1QRPwas 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 QTH2QRP(Morse) and 1 SSB (Voice)). I was very pleased with my excursion to a very new location.

Oh yes, as well as checking out the new location, it was the first time that my KX3 had traveled in its new box;Portable and QRP Box4

So, Best 73’s and hope to update again later…..

Mervyn – G4KLE/QRP/P

Morse Key



About Mervyn S Foster

Being semi-retired my hobbies are Amateur Radio and I hold a full UK transmitting licence (G4KLE), Chairman of Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society and Pyrography (Wood Burning Art). I am an INWA Nordic Walking Instructor having trained with British Nordic Walking, I organise Nordic Walks for those who wish to improve their Fitness and Health. I hold full Liability Insurance and am a trained First Aider. I am also a Business Mentor and Public Speaker.
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