Thanks for looking me up!
I have operated from QRP to QRO and QRS to QRQ. Sometimes I will work data and ssb but really enjoy QRP CW and the simple gear associated with it the most.
Here is some of my QRP Gear and portable equipment.
Balun for my SOTA Carolina Windom below is flat from 40 to 6 meters. (The balun itself is flat from 160m to 6m). The antenna does not require a tuner, this allows me to take my FT-817 which allows me to operate CW and SSB and not have to worry about multiple antennas, tuners etc.
QRO- Homebrew pair of 4-1000A's grounded grid for RTTY circa 1994
Frankenstein-(2) 4-1000A built in an old Hotel Call Accounting system cabinet.
I have owned many commercial amplifiers such as the Alpha 77, Alpha 87A, Ameritron ALS-500, AL-1500 and Heathkit SB220 and SB-221. I liked my Frankenstein best of all. Once I had used full legal power, 3-4 element full size beams up a halfwave or more it reminded me of deer hunting with a high powered rifle with a scope. There just wasn't a challenge anymore. That's why I switched to using a recurve bow and primitive arrows and QRP. Sure a lot of them get away, but it makes you a better hunter and operator in the long run. But most of all, the challenge is much more exciting than plug and play and point and shoot.
MY FRONT YARD
I have operated QRP while backpacking for over 30 years and have tried all kinds of equipment and antennas. One thing I have learned is lighter is better and be prepared for the unexpected. Like if you backpack during deer season, wear blaze orange!
I enjoy designing and building wire antennas. They are cheap and work extremely well. My home antennas are 3 element wire beams for 40-15m, 40m Bobtail Curtain, Vertical for 160-20m and several EFHW experimental antennas that range from monobanders to multiband. Currently experimenting with homebrew lightweight portable EFHW tuners, antennas, and matching circuits.
I am also building a Carolina Windom with the homebrew balun in the picture below.
Ham radio has come a long way, and I believe we need to do what we can to preserve and promote it. Who knows, some day it might be the only long range communications available, just like when it started -- Mike N1MB
Since April,1 2013
SOTA Chaser 100 Points Award
SOTA Chaser 250 Points Award
SOTA Chaser 500 Points Award
SOTA Chaser Points Total 719
SOTA Activator 52 Points
SOAT Mountain Hunter Bronze and Silver
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