I took my KX2 this morning when I went out to ride my bicycle. I found a good place to put up my dipole where I could be in the shade. After working 2 Japanese stations, I used my phone to record video of me working a third station so you can share in the joy of portable QRP.
Why not take your radio with you when you go out for a walk, a hike, bike riding, etc. You never know what will happen!
6 thoughts on “Bike. Radio. Japan!”
Very cool to work Japan from a park or parking lot. What dipole did you use for this video and how did you launch the antenna. Also, can you give a estimate on how long the set time was.
Very good to show us how to work portable.
Very cool Cliff.
If you every decide to go QRO, a bicycle generator could get you up to 100W.
So much fun. I really need to get out tomorrow before summer is practically gone. Thanks for the post! http://imgur.com/a/iXnBb
We’re halfway done with Summer, Tim. You’re right. We need to make hay while the sun shines, my friend. – Cliff
Have you had any experience with the Hendricks pfr-3b? I can’t decide between that and the 5 band mountain topper. Both are at the very top of my budget for now.
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Hello, Mike. I don’t have any direct experience with it but it’s a well-respected rig. They are both Steve Weber designed radios so you can’t go wrong with either one. The MTR-5B is smaller, if that matters. The PFR=3B has an internal tuner but that doesn’t matter to me as I use resonant antennas. (Plus, I have an Elecraft T1 tuner, if I need it.) Personally, I’d get the MTR-5B. It’s a newer design and has 5 bands. You may (or may not) want to get an in-line volume control for the MTR-5B so you can turn the volume down when/if a station is too loud, as the MTR-5B doesn’t have a volume control! I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00001P4XH/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It’s a tough choice and you can’t go wrong, Mike. Have fun! – Cliff