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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

QRP / K1 Video

Here's a video that I just posted on YouTube. In it I demonstate setting up my QRP station, show some of the features of my K1 and then talk a little about my QRP operating experiences. The video itself was done by John Reed K0KTY (SK) about 2 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUeJOuu5oUE

Monday, June 25, 2007

QRP Operating

Today I finally made it away for some more QRP operating. This time it was to Great River Bluffs State Park (See http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/great_river_bluffs/ ). This park is along the bluffs of southeastern Minnesota overlooking the Mississippi River Valley. From my operating position I could see far into Wisconsin and watch the hawks soaring below me. Using my K1 and a 32' endfed wire on 14.060 I worked both K7UP, John, in Elephant Butte, NM and W2BWQ, Gene, in Congers, NY. Conditions were only fair with QSB a problem. I heard only half a dozen stations across 20 mtrs.

On the 815 transmitter front it needs a better regulated suppy for both the 815 screen and the oscillator plate. The dropping resistors have to go.