NOTE: Home QTH is Sarasota, FL but am often portable in other states or countries on CW with an ATS-3A (2W). My activities are featured in an article in the latest CQ Magazine, June, 2013. My next operating should be from near Porto, Portugal (15-17 June, 2013 as of this writing.) I will Tweet (as @K1YPP) when I can about activities. Will also post to QRPSPOTS.com when I have WiFi access. Look for me as CT7/K1YPP.
Following this, we will be walking across Portugal, on the Camino there, for a good portion of June. I'll be signing as CT7/K1YPP, often from my tent, with a wire hanging from a tree, so don't expect a big signal.
In 2007 and 2008 I completely hiked the Appalachian Trail, all 2,176 miles (3502 Km). There's nothing like a long hike with a QRP radio to clear the mind. The photo above was my 2007 Field Day operation from near, Damascus, VA. This was just prior to my heart surgery.
For the first 622 miles of the hike the rig used was a homebrewed 1.25 W affair. It worked great running on 40M with 1/4 wave wire and counterpoise. See article in February, 2008 WORLDRADIO magazine. Leaving the trail for 300 days for a 6-artery heart bypass, I then returned to Pearisburg, VA to finish the hike.
On the second leg of the hike in 2008 (1554 miles), thanks to Steve Weber, KD1JV, I used an ATS-3A running 2 watts with a series-L tuner and 51' random wire on 40 and 20 Meters. The last contact of the hike was from Katahdin Springs Campground in Maine. I worked AA9AA with freezing fingers and shivering bones!
See the March, 2010 QST for an article about the hike. I also have an award winning book, Three Hundred Zeroes (328 pages, 39 photos) that is a humorous, in-depth, treatment of the hike. It introduces ham radio to the public and shows that a mega-station is not necessary to really enjoy amateur radio. The book can be ordered at ThreeHundredZeroes.comSteve Ewald, WV1X, did a nice review of the book in QST in October, 2010.
My Bio is below:
Born and raised in Connecticut. First licensed as KN1YPP (Novice) in 1962. We lived in New Hampshire for 25 years and in 2003, moved to Sarasota, Florida. On my web site at http://home.comcast.net/~k1ypp/ you can see a photo essay of my dismantling of the RBX-50 E-Z Way tower when we moved, the photos speak for themselves! My current station is a new Yaesu FT857, running on battery power at 5-30W and a very old Cushcraft trap-vertical and G5RV. Favorite operating is CW on 160, 80, 40 and 30 M and some PSK31 around 3.584,and 7.070. I operate primarily QRP, but if conditions warrant it, I do bring up the power as needed.
Look for me on the QRP frequencies, particularly on 40 Meters and on PSK31.
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