QRP From The Seashore

Are we spending too much time fretting over the sunspot cycle and complaining about poor band conditions? Maybe we should forget about all that and just GET ON THE AIR!  Jim Cluett, W1PID, of Sanbornton, NH knows how to enjoy life! His recent posting to http://www.amateurradio.com is so interesting, I am posting it here. (Be sure to check to comments at the end of his article).  Also, how fortunate we are to live in the Granite State!      20 July 2017 posted by Layne AE1N

QRP from the Seashore by Jim W1PID

Seashore QRP op

Judy and I drove over to the beach today. It was glorious! We got lots of sun, had a fantastic walk and I operated in the CWT sprint for a few minutes. The highlight of the operating was making a beach-to-beach QRP QSO with K4KRW in North Carolina.

Seashore QRP

We drove over to Rye Harbor in the morning and had a picnic lunch as soon as we arrived. Then we walked a couple of miles along the beach. After this Judy lay down on the shore to soak up some sun. I rode my bike about a half mile inland to play radio for a while. I’d brought a kite, but there wasn’t quite enough wind to lift an antenna… so I went in search of some trees. I found a wildlife area not too far from the road. A narrow path leads through the woods to a platform overlooking a beautiful inland marsh.

More Seashore QRP

Except for the heat (the high 80s in the shade), the spot was perfect. I had a 30-foot tree nearby and set up the wire as a sloper. The little deck even had a chair and a bench to operate on. I ran the KX3 on 20 meters and right away worked IK0YVV in Italy. Marco gave me a 559. Then I worked Gilly, WA5SNL in Texas. He also gave me a 559.

Seashore QRP Portable Rig

After signing I tuned up to the QRP frequency. K4KRW, Richard, was calling CQ. To my delight, he was operating from a beach in North Carolina with a KX3 and an end-fed wire. But… his wire was lifted by a kite! We had a great QSO and exchanged 559 signal reports. What a thrill to work another KX3 operator on the beach!

Now the CWT sprint had started and I joined in. I only operated for 10 minutes, because by now my shirt was drenched and I’d had enough of this heat. Here’s my log. I’ve changed it to reflect the other station’s QTH instead of the CWOPS member number used in the real exchange:

  • 19 Jul-17 1840 14.028 IK0YVV CW 559 579 Italy Marco
  • 19 Jul-17 1848 14.029 WA5SNL CW 559 579 TX Gilly
  • 19 Jul-17 1854 14.060 K4KRW CW 559 559 NC Richard
  • 19 Jul-17 1902 14.036 AA3B CW 599 599 PA Bud
  • 19 Jul-17 1903 14.035 K9CT CW 599 599 IL Craig
  • 19 Jul-17 1903 14.034 AD8J CW 599 599 NC John
  • 19 Jul-17 1905 14.032 K4RO CW 599 599 TN Kirk
  • 19 Jul-17 1907 14.026 N4ZZ CW 599 599 TN Doc
  • 19 Jul-17 1908 14.036 N2SR CW 599 599 NJ Tom
  • 19 Jul-17 1909 14.034 NR4M CW 599 599 VA Steve

With this, I packed up and headed back to Rye Harbor. This is really a beautiful spot. Wild rugosa roses form a hedge along the road and fill the air with fragrance. Next to the harbor is a little state park with facilities. It’s a perfect place to spend the day.

Still More Seashore QRP

Jim Cluett, W1PID, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Hampshire, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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