Four towers, two radios, power galore, a dream come true

Her smile is quite welcoming and I ask permission for a photo. In that moment of exuberance I put my hand behind her shoulder. She seems oddly cold and rigid. It’s late and maybe like me her day has been long and longer. I’ve arrived on Prince Edward Island in Maritime Canada and I leave … More Four towers, two radios, power galore, a dream come true

10m, I love you!

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: ARRL DX SSB, 48 hours over March 3 and 4th, 2018 Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Buddipole dipoles, verticals and “experimental” Yagis and OCF wire dipole Bands used: 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….we sat for 48 hours (ouch) Solo … More 10m, I love you!

Of Costa Rican wires, waves and digitals….

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: N/A Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 50 watts SSB Antenna: Buckmaster OCF wire dipole Bands used: 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….graveyard shift in the gazebo Solo operation: Yes, just me while my team mates slept Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Yes Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 Harold (WJ1B) made … More Of Costa Rican wires, waves and digitals….

Contest starts, station down!

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: ARRL DX SSB, 48 hours over March 3 and 4th, 2018 Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Buddipole dipoles, verticals and “experimental” Yagis and OCF wire dipole Bands used: 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….we sat for 48 hours (ouch) Solo … More Contest starts, station down!

Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Location: Pigeon Island National Landmark, Saint Lucia (14″05’39N, 60″57’53E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 7, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in dipole configuration Bands used: 17m Furthest QSO: ~1,100 miles with Les Chris, 6Y6Y in Jamaica on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~2 miles roundtrip and 300 ft of ascent to 300 ft Solo operation: No with Chris Drummond Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

Location: Plantation Beach, Saint Lucia (14″05’12N,60’55’40E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 6, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 17m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~5,900 miles with RU3GB in Russia on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~1 miles roundtrip and zero ft of ascent to zero ft Solo operation: Partially….while Chris Drummond kitesurfed Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets