Sunday, February 27, 2011

Europe bound.......

Our trip to Europe seems to be approaching very fast I not been to Europe and am very much looking forward to it. Our 4 weeks will be spent in England, Whales and Scotland. This trip would not be complete if it did not involve ham radio. I am planning on taking my Elecraft KX1 it has the Palm paddle key affixed to the side. At this moment I plan to take two antennas one
being a long wire and counterpoise as well as my Miracle whip antenna.   I then applied for and just received my CEPT class 1 permit so now I'm set to operate overseas. Since I added the Palm paddle to the side of the KX1 and added the Miracle whip antenna the Pelican case has to be upgraded to a larger one.  I had to go from the Pelican 1060 case to the Pelican 1200 case.
1200 Pelican case
These cases are great for traveling very durable they come with pluck foam so you can customize the interior. They are water tight, crush proof, air tight, there is an  auto purge valve and best of all you break it they replace it....forever.  All that's left now it to board the plane and get over there.

10 comments:

  1. Looks like a very nice set-up you have planned out. I hope you make lots of great contacts while abroad!

    James

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  2. Good evening James, thanks very much and I go in the summer. I am very much looking forward to it.

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  3. Hi Mike, are you taking a 2m handie at all, I think you would find it very useful, I can give you a link to UK repeaters including echolink.

    Also what part(s) of England are you visiting ?

    73 Paul.

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  4. Hi Paul, I never thought about bringing a 2m hand held but I am using the Pelican 1060 case for 2m rig and it would be no problem to take it. As for were we are going we will hit London, the Cotwaldes, Blackpool, Northumberland and Yorkshire for beginners. But that could expand my XYL's mom lives there and she is organizing the itinerary

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  5. Hello Mike, maybe we can work each other while stay in England. On what frequency are you QRV? 73 Paul

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  6. Good morning Paul, the trip is not until the early spring and as the time gets closer I will be posting more details on the blog. I sure will pass along the frequency and estimated times. I will also bring along my Kindle so I can give updates on my blog while in England.

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  7. Hi Mike ...
    Your Blog just keeps getting better !! And the photos are some of the best I've seen... Have fun in Europe ... I haven't been there since the early 80's. If you can get your hands on a Buddistick from Buddipole it would work much better than the miracle whip... it's also fits easily into your luggage ... Its what we used on St.Lucia J6. We used Buddipoles and Buddisticks on all bands except 80 and 160.... and put 8000 qso's in the log. Keep in touch .. I'll try and listen for you while you are there.... Most of all have fun !!

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  8. Hi Mike, no SW England, that's a shame ! Still if you take a 2m rig/HT we could at least have a qso !

    73 Paul.

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  9. Hi Mike:

    Enjoy your trip - I'm sure we'll all be on the lookout for you in the Pile-up that ensues !
    Nice set up BTW.

    73 Peter

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  10. Good morning Todd, thanks for the nice comments on the blog. I have heard of but not seen the Buddystick I will look into that thanks for the suggestion.

    Good morning Paul, SW England is not out of the picture I have to contact my mother-in-law who lives in England and is planning the whole trip for me and my XYL.

    Good morning Peter, I have never been to Europe and as the time gets closer to leave it will sink in more. As for ham radio I am very much looking forward to some down time to make some contacts.

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