The rig is a Kenwood ts-440sat. I occasionally operate it remotely with a SignaLink usb audio adapter/keyer and control the radio via Ham Radio Deluxe.
The tower is Rohn 25- 100ft. At the top is a 2m & 6m beam. Currently, my HF antenna is a homebrew fan dipole in inverted V configuration. The apex of the V is about 45' up. One end terminates about 30ft up, the other about 20ft up due to sloping terrain. Considering the high winds, severe thunderstorms, and occasional icing in winter we get in the South Central US , the fan dipole has held up quite well over the last few years since it was built.
July 13, 2014- I will be operating portable in St Maarten as PJ7/W5SQK July 20th through July 25th and then in Anguilla as VP2EAF from July 26th through August 1st. In St Maarten, the plan is to operate portable as time allows. There is an ideal hilltop spot -pictures below- overlooking Great Bay which is fairly close by to my accomodations. In Anguilla, operation will be mainly based around my hotel. Main bands will be 12 &17 meters as conditions permit. I will be uploading logs to LoTW after my return.
Another interest outside of amateur radio includes road bicycle riding. My current bike is a Specialized Tarmac. I am fortunate that the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock along with Pulaski County formed a coalition to build pedestrian and biking trails and have been building and adding to an extensive trail system for walking, jogging, and bicycling. The trail system includes several dedicated bridges over the Arkansas River. Two are custom built and two are re-purposed railway bridges. Using the trail system as a base along with secondary roads one can ride from the far western area of the county from Wye Mountain around Lake Maumelle which is heavily wooded and hilly terrain to the far eastern part of the county around Scott, Arkansas which is bottom lands with farms, numerous oxbow lakes, and cypress woodlands next to the Arkansas River. There are numerous variations and biking opportunities between the two. I try and ride a few evenings after work and one weekend day unless the weather is extreme. As the days get longer in the spring and summer, I work my way up to around 100-150 miles per week, with the shorter days in the winter I am lucky to ride 50 miles per week.
Riding across the Big Dam Bridge in western Little Rock - yes it is REALLY named that.
Riverfront Park on North Little Rock Side of the River.
View of Downtown Little Rock from the Junction Bridge.
View east along Arkansas River from Clinton Presidential Bridge.
PJ7 - Sint Maarten July 2011
My family and I frequently vacation in Sint Maarten or surrounding islands in the summer. This year I decided to bring along my Icom-703, buddipole and operate QRP battery powered from the beach and a nearby hill overlooking Great Bay/Philipsburg on which is located the ruins of an old Dutch fort- Fort Amsterdam. The was a last minute decision and I threw rig, antenna, battery, and a few miscellanous items in a shipping case. This was a very informal operation consisting of myself, my son helping setup and carry, a paper log in very windy conditions, and loads of curious on lookers at times. I setup and torn down each time I operated. Most days I only operated for several hours in the early evening on 17 meters. I was very impressed by how well 10 watts and the buddipole operated. Considering qrp operation and lack of skill operating pile-ups - I was very pleased with the skill, professional conduct and patience of all the folks calling wanting to work a PJ7. I am particularly appreciative of several "Elmers" who took me under their wing, spotted my operation on the cluster ,and from the sidelines helped me manage the pile-ups. Pat-F6GCP in particular, comes to mind. I have transcribed my logs and uploaded them to LoTW. I will also be uploading them to e-qsl and will reply to paper QSLs via the bureau or direct. I only ask that if direct and outside of the US/Canada to include a greenstamp or two to help with postage.
Monday 07/18- Set up on the beach at Little Bay.
Fair number of contacts in the afternoon.
Worked IV3AOL 5 watts QRP.
Tuesday 07/19. On hill overlooking Great Bay
Marginal DX conditions during the day.
Tuesday 07/19. Moved slightly in the evening.Still on the same hill.
Great conditions to Europe and North America later in evening.
Sunday 07/24/11 morning.
Monday 07/25 & Tuesday 07/26 - on the left -looking east over Great Bay & Philipsburg. On the right- looking west.
Monday evening- Fantastic conditions on 17m into Europe s9 to s9+10 and US East Coast. Ron- ZL1AMO popped up at s7 to s9. I had no problem working him. Heard numerous ZLs and JAs calling around s4 to s5. Unable to work due to qrm from big guns on east coast who were s9 +20 at times.
Tuesday evening- last evening on the air. Good conditions- but spent most time rag chewing. Enjoyed a long conversation with Andy- 9Y4LAS discussing the buddipole I was using and comparing notes on a homebrew version he was cooking up.
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