In this video, I get a chance to talk a little philosophy while driving to a local park. I then set up my Mountain Topper and SOTABEAMS dipole and work 11 stations… 8 of which were 5,000+ miles away! This will show you that a tiny, battery-powered radio can produce excellent results and allow you to have a ton of fun.
Gear seen in this video:
MTR-5B HF radio: https://www.lnrprecision.com/store/MT…
3Ah lithium ion battery: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…
Mini Speaker: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01…
Palm Mini Paddle – no longer available
Zoom H6 Audio Recorder: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta…
GoPro Hero7 Black camera: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc…
2″ Drive-On Mast Mount: https://tn07.com/mast-supports
Green 33′ fiberglass telescopic mast: https://tn07.com/telescoping-masts
Just because we’re putting out less power, it doesn’t always mean that our signals are weak. If propagation is good, even 1 watt can sound great. Check out these two examples… – Cliff
This past weekend, I took the Mountain Topper radios (3B and 5B) to Bobcat Ridge and worked a bunch of stations. In this video, I show my antenna setup and work 5 or 6 stations. At the end of the video, I show all of the stations I worked.
Not bad for 3 watts and a wire antenna. I was only transmitting for about 90 minutes, total. The various contests running this weekend made it super-easy to work QRP!
A week ago, I made a video about my “Deploy-Anywhere” vertical antenna. In that video, I said it was one of my two “go-to” antennas. Well, this SOTABEAMS linked dipole is my OTHER “go-to” antenna.
I use this antenna frequently in the field. It’s just a pleasure to use. Watch this enthusiastic, in-depth review of the antenna to see why I recommend it so highly!
One of my favorite things to do in ham radio is to take a QRP rig with me on a bike ride. I’ve got several places where I go on my bicycle and set up a station.
This evening, I rode to one of my favorite spots and worked K2H (VA) and N4LB (TX) before packing it back up and heading home.
I used my Elecraft KX3 with a Sotabeams 20m/40m linked dipole antenna.
My bike with a portable camp chair and my radio gear stuffed into a pannier.
Here’s what it looked like after setup. The antenna was hoisted up into a tree and tied off to the handlebars of my bike. The KX3 has a Begali Adventure attached… what a fun combo!