Back in Florida for a few weeks. Will be back in Goshen, NH around first part of August. Honestly, sort of a nice change in both climate and topography. Hope to get out on the water in my sailboat but either there is no wind at all or a thunderstorm whipping up gale force blows!
Hard to beat Bokeelia any time of year. But those clouds sure are full of QRN!!!
Fishing isn't all bad in the summer here either!! This Red Fish was fun to catch.
I just purchased one of the best keys I have ever used in 55 years of trying to master CW. Tom Withers, G3HGE, a craftsman-scientist-inventor, who lives in Bury St. Edmunds, England, developed something called the eZKe. It is a single lever paddle that is entirely magnetic. It is the smoothest, easiest to use paddle I have ever laid my mitts on. Impeccable engineering and stunning craftsmanship are the hallmarks of what Tom does.
Here is what ten bucks bought me at the recent Fort Myers hamfest. It is called a "coffin bug." Back in the days of Allied Radio and Lafayette, you could buy thise Japanese imports pretty reasonably. This one is in terrific shape. With a bit of Windex, elbow grease, 4 new suction cups on the bottom, it is now good to go. I owned one of these back in the late fifties, and so I am now very pleased to own one again.
Here is the antenna that I am currently using. This seems to perform very well on all bands. Mine is a quasi-sloper. I have it hooked to the top of my 35' flagpole with the feed point tied off on a palm tree abt 5 feet lower in height. I got the 9 to 1 balun from Balun Designs (model # 9130sw) rated at 300 watts. It runs $49.95. Another optimum length is 124.5 feet. I would imagine you could handle 160m with no problem at that length. I just don't have the room for that size antenna. You can make this wire even shorter at 36', 44' or 49' but I have not tried any of those lengths. Makes a nice all band antenna for small lots.
Here is another variation on the end fed theme. I have put together a few of these and they all seem to do pretty well on 40 through 6. This is a pretty simple end fed with no balun. You do need a tuner though. This is a great "emergency" or portable antenna. If you are into camping or backpacking with a QRP setup, this might be just the wire for you?
For contacts in NH or CO, QSL to P.O. Box 133, Goshen, NH 03752...FL QSO's can get a card to me here at the Bokeelia address above.
Please note: Bokeelia is on Pine Island which is IOTA NA-069.
Pine Island is in Lee Country in Florida.
Goshen is in Sullivan County in NH.
The Cayo Costa (a.k.a. Lacosta) Island QTH and the East Part Island QTH are also IOTA NA-069.
Member of A-1 Operator Club.
A few numbers for those interested: 10-10: 8274, QRP ARCI: 3788, FISTS: 6198, NE QRP: 41, FPQRP: 1042, NA-QRP: 481, SKCC: 1234, CW Ops: 182, FOC: 1734.
Rev: W4MQC - Saturday, May 17, 2010
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