Monday, January 28, 2013

KX3 is working and so is QRPp

Yesterday when I got home from my failed out door op's adventure with KX3 I found out what I did. It was operator error on my part. The night before I failed to understand the KX3 charging procedure fully and I was rushing to get the battery charged for the next day. I thought I had put the batteries on a 16 hour charge by misunderstanding the simple procedure I inadvertently stopped the charge cycle. So in the morning I did try my KX3 on battery power and it did  not work but I discovered in the manual that the radio power on thresh hold had to be lowered when using NiMH batteries. I did this and the KX3 came to life. Little did I know that was all the life the batteries had in
It's charging!!
them most likely a very small factory charge.....Yesterday when I got home I looked over the instructions this time more slowly. As I went through each step at the end a time count down appeared along with "BAT CHG". I never saw this the night before! This meant is was WORKING and charging. New next few day here the temps are
going to rise into the +12C or more so I may take my KX3 into work and maybe get on 40m in the morning before I start work.
Today was a snow day for me here at VE3WDM we had a large and non forecast snow fall last night. I have over an hours drive to work on a good day and when I went out to the car at my normal 4 a.m ( not a spelling error yes 4.am) funny I call it the morning and others in my family call it the middle of the night.....I digress.....It was snowing like crazy and I did try to make it in but no roads were not cleared so it was to dangerous.
I got on the radio for some time today and snagged me some QRPp contacts. On 15m this morning I  heard Rudy IK4VFD calling CQ. He was in and out at times but I gave him a go with 500mW's of  K3 power and I got through to him!! He gave me a 539 report and did not seem to have any trouble getting through our exchange of QTH, Name, RST and a few pleasantries. I sent Rudy an email with more info about my station and the power that I was running as at the time I told him it was QRP. He got back to me with an email thanking me for our QSO. So that contact was 8467 miles per watt!!

I then found F9IE calling CQ from France and it sounded like he was just outside my window. So it was time to switch in the Hendricks attenuator and drop my power down to 150mW's. It took a few calls but Bernard was able to give me a report of 449 along with EU-064 as he is on Noirmoutier Island to boot!! So that contact gave me 24,261 miles per watt of a contact. 

6 comments:

  1. Hi Mike, a good job on the KX3. Nice QRPp DX into Europe. Congrats! 73 Paul

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    1. Hi Paul, I was very surprised with the openings and I then tried in the evening and things seemed to be dead. Even 30m was a no go last night and that seems to be the band that was always good to me in the evening. Oh well will give it a try again to night.
      Mike

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  2. Hello Mike,

    You do a great job up there in Canada with VERY little power! I see NO reason to worry about putting your antenna outside with the results you have with you indoor antenna. hihi You do a fantastic job there!

    Sorry to hear about the snow up there. Oddly, we're having a warm spell the next few days before the cold weather returns on the weekend. I may go somewhere warm. Hihi

    Out of curiosity, What antenna are you using outdoors?

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    1. Good evening John, we are having a sort of warm spell today and tomorrow then the weather man say's it's back to winter again!!! As for the antenna for the outdoor op's I use mobile whip's by Pro-am. I have found these antennas to work great and I just attach them to the car via a trunk lip mount from Diamond. I was considering in the spring picking up the SteppIR portable antenna I blogged about but we will see.
      Mike

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  3. LOL you QRP guys sure are gluttons for punishment. The closest I get to QRP is when I fire up the old Johnson Valiant. Would it count if I set it up under the tree out front and operated...
    Great article Mike. Would love to get my hands on a KX1 someday, but being a low budget ham, they are WAY out of my price range. 73

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    1. Great to hear from you Don, I will say we QRP and QRPp folks are "Wild and crazy guys and gals" Being under the tree out front would be ok but in a T shirt and shorts.....now that's QRP!!Thanks for the complement on the blog piece and Don have a nice week!!
      Mike

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