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100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...

from Paul Signorelli, W0RW on May 2, 2005
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100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...

I finished my WAS/pm last year and as I was going through my Pedestrian Mobile log I noticed that I had worked over 50 countries. So I decided to work a few more countries and then I got really close to 90, so I decided to finish it up. How hard could this be? These contacts were made using my PRC military backpack radio (50W) using a 10 foot whip that is attached to the backpack. The radio is powered by 20 "D" size NiCad Batteries and weighs 23 pounds. Actually, I had worked Costa Rica, Latvia, Estonia, Canada, Virgin Island on 20M and Belize on 40M with my Elecraft KX1 (3W) using the same whip.

The DX contests can help when you are just starting your DXCC/pm, but I have found that frequently when the propagation is good enough for the DX to hear you the pile up is too big to break.

The spring of 2005 had some good 15-meter openings that helped a lot. My whip antenna is more efficient on 15 meters since it is close to a quarter wave long. 15 meters skip is also more unique, allowing European signals to skip over the East coast and to drop right into Colorado (sometimes). I can move my drag wire (counterpoise) around to peak stations up and have a little less loss.

Working the last 10 countries was like looking for Love, It is like a butterfly, if you chase it, it will elude you, but when you sit and rest it will come and land gently on your shoulder.

I was at the bottom of almost every pile up an had a low pile up success rate. You can see a picture of me operating on top of Pike's Peak at 14,110 feet on http://www.qrz.com 'w0rw'.

I was using a Sonotronics Military H-189/GR Handset with a 5965-00-933-6896 microphone element (I don't have any Heil stuff).

The ARRL does not issue a special WAS or DXCC certificate for Pedestrian Mobile operation, However, I will issue you a unique Pedestrian Mobile certificate for WAS/pm or DXCC/pm. Just send me your contact list. Free, No cost, No QSL cards required. I am now working on my first endorsement.

Paul w0rw/pm

Here is the contact list for my 100 Countries Pedestrian Mobile. The hams listed below have the best receivers/antennae and are 100 of the best operators in the world.

Contacts made in 2002:

G3MCS 17M SSB England
PJ2T 10M SSB Bonaire
HC4C 10M SSB Ecuador
P40Z 10M SSB Aruba
6J1KK 10M SSB Mexico
KL1V 10M SSB Alaska

2003:

MM5DWW 17M SSB Scotland (Orkney Island)

2004:

6Y5/W6XE 17M SSB Jamaica
JH1OCC 17M SSB Japan (Yuu, worked from 10,500 feet from Cripple Creek, CO)
TI3TLS 20M CW Costa Rica (Using KX1) (#10)
KP2AA 20M CW Virgin Islands (Using KX1)
YL2KO 20M CW Latvia (Using KX1. 1740 Miles/Watt. This is the night the Bear snuck up on me. The Bear' story is in an eHam Article at: http://www.eham.net/articles/9262). LZ1ND 17M SSB Bulgaria
OZ1BTE 17M SSB Denmark
F5PSG 12M SSB France
CN2R 10M SSB Morocco
ES5JR 20M CW Estonia (Using KX1)
VA7DER 20M CW Canada (KX1)
KC5UN 20M SSB USA (Tom)
KH7X 15M SSB Kure Island (#20)
D44TD 20M SSB Cape Verde
9Y4ZC 10M SSB Trindad/Tobago
VP2E 10M SSB Anguilla
CO8LY 15M SSB Cuba
ZY7C 15M SSB Brazil
EA8ZS 15M SSB Canary Island
OK1RI 15M SSB Czechoslovakia
ZP5MAL 15M SSB Paraguay
CT7B 10M SSB Portugal
V26B 10M SSB Antigua (#30)
LU1HF 10M SSB Argentina
8P1A 10M SSB Barbados
HP3XBS 10M SSB Panama
KG4WW 15M SSB Guantanamo Bay (Bill@Gitmo)
V47KP 15M SSB St. Kitts
VP5DX 15M SSB Turks/Caicos
OA4O 15M SSB Peru
HK3JJH 15M SSB Colombia
NP3U 15M SSB Puerto Rico
DJ3HJ 17M SSB Germany (#40)
VP2MLE 10M SSB Montserrat
S9SS 17M SSB Sao Tome (Charles)
V31JP 40M CW Belize (using KX1, What a great receiver - 40 meters! )
4U1UN 20M CW United Nations NY
HC8N 20M CW Galapagos Island
4M5X 20M CW Venezuela
J7OJ 15M CW Dominica
YN4SU 15M CW Nicaragua
8R1K 15M CW Guyana
ZS4TX 15M CW South Africa (#50)
6W1RW 15M CW Senegal
ZD7VC 20M SSB St. Helena Island (it was a miracle to break this pile up)
VE3LZZ/C6A 20M SSB Bahamas
YS2ZKK 17M SSB El Salvador
KH6BB 17M SSB Hawaii (Battleship Missouri Radio Club)

2005:

HR2JGG 17M SSB Honduras
V51AS 15M CW S.W. Africa (Namibia)
HH4/K2AC 17M SSB Haiti
ON4ND 15M SSB Belgium
FY5KE 15M SSB French Guiana (#60)
J68RI 15M SSB St. Lucia
FG/F5CWU 15M SSB Guadeloupe
CX5BW 10M SSB Uruguay
SM5IMO 15M SSB Sweden
OH0R 15M SSB Aland Island
OH6NIO 15M SSB Finland (Twin 6 element beam on 150 foot tower)
CE1L 15M SSB Chile
HI8/JA6WFM 15M SSB Dominican Republic
RU1A 15M SSB Russia
IR4X 15M SSB Italy (#70)
VP9/W6PH 15M SSB Bermuda
VP2V/DL7DF 17M CW British Virgin Islands
ZF2AH 17M SSB Cayman Island
FS/KT8X 17M SSB St. Martin Island
OE9ETH 17M SSB Austria
YU1XA 20M SSB Yugoslavia (Serbia)
EI9JF 17M SSB Ireland
S58N 17M SSB Slovenia
GI3DZE 17M SSB Northern Ireland
GP0STH 17M SSB Guernsey Island (#80)
EA9IE 17M SSB Melilla Island
GW3YDX 20M CW Wales
OM5DP 15M SSB Slovak Rep.
PA0CKV 15M SSB Netherlands
SV9CVY 15M SSB Crete (Mike has a 17 element beam)
LY4ZZ 17M SSB Lithuania
ZD8Z 15M SSB Ascension Island
9A3YM 17M SSB Croatia
TG9IGI 15M SSB Guatemala (worked in a snow storm)
PJ7LT 17M SSB St. Maarten (#90)
CQ9K 15M SSB Madeira Island (WPX Contest)
HA80IARU 15M SSB Hungary (WPX Contest)
T77C 17M SSB San Marino
LX1EA 17M SSB Luxembourg
SQ6Z 15M CW Poland (SP Contest, like shooting fish in a barrel)
RX4HZ 20M CW Ukraine
HB9QQ 17M SSB Switzerland
SV2BOH 17M CW Greece
JW/F8DVD 20M CW Svalbard
CP6/DF9GR 20M CW Bolivia ###100###

Paul w0rw/pm
w0rw@aol.com

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100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KG4RUL on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I thought of doing a Pedestrian Mobile Kilowatt but, my back couldn't take the weight of the key.

http://www.tridenthams.org/BigKey.htm

Dennis KG4RUL
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by NI0C on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Good work-- looks like fun. Nice of you to acknowledge the stations at the other end of your QSO's, too.

I hate to bring this up, but I noticed your No. 20 was KH7X, which you have listed as Kure Island. Check this out to be sure. I have a 160m QSL from KH7X and this was in Hawaii.

73,
Chuck NI0C
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WS4Y on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I think this is really neat. Thanks for shareing
this. Makes me want to try it.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by K0BG on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
The fact that you can work DXCC with a back pack radio with an ERP of 2 watts or less, just proves how easy it can be if the right mode and band are used. It nonetheless takes operating finesse, lots of patience, and dedication. And I dare say, not too many of us could duplicate the feat with our QRO and big beams.

Alan, KBG
www.k0bg.com
 
BRAVO!  
by KA4KOE on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
BRAVO!

From one hf packer to another, congratulations!

I've only been using green radios for two months, and this stuff is so fun it ain't funny!!

Philip
KA4KOE

 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by W5KDJ on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Great job Paul. I am always able to QSO you on each contest and with a very good signal into Houston.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by N9XY on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Paul,

Congratulations on the WAS/PM and 100 countries. And thanks for writting this article so we can hopefully get more amateurs interested in all forms of portable and mobile operation.

I have you in my log from one of the 20M HF PACK nets on 14.342.50 from a Sunday afternoon earlier this year. Now that the weather is getting better for hiking and boating, I hope to work you again PM.

For those of you interested in learning more about portable operations, check out:

www.hfpack.com

also, look up K6ERO or KQ6XA on QRZ and follow the links to their websites. Lot's of good information on portable gear and antennas.

Have fun. Get out of the Shack, call CQ HFPACK!

73
Michael
N9XY
 
RE: BRAVO!  
by W6TH on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
.

Great, as it shows how easy it is to work dxcc. That is the reason I gave up going for qsl cards for awards.

We could not get dx that easy back in 1938, we had to work hard searching for it.

The sight is beautiful, but you sure do not look cold.

.:
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by AE5X on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Excellent job, Paul! You have some juicy DX in that listing - Senegal, South Africa, etc - especially considering your location behind the East Coast Wall of RF that your signal had to travel through to get there.

Let me say publically what I told you in an email not long ago:
Although you may sing the praises of QRP in general, and your KX1 in particular, credit for your accomplishment goes to operator skill & tenacity - all the more so given the almost-certain fact that QRO guys were likely calling the same DX stations as you were.

Again, excellent work!
72 and CU in the pile-ups,

John AE5X

 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by NL7W on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Great Work!

It looks as though hefting this manpack around has kept you in good physical condition. Besides the DX'ing accomplishments, the exersize and health aspects surrounding this endeavor are quite noteworthy. I'll seriously consider doing some similar activity soon. At age 39 (going on 40), I am still able to get out and do physical activities without asking the doctor for permission. I really need to do this!

I hope this is an inspiration to those who are able to heft a manpack or portable radio system into the great outdoors.

Look for tiny portable sigs coming from Alaska in the near future! Gee, I'll have to carry that .44 mag into the woods and on the mountainsides, too. Don't want to be bear food...

73 de Steve, NL7W
Palmer, Alaska
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KA4KOE on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Easy to work DXCC?

Not at all, laddy. You haven't lived till you've tried working DX on a manpack.

Just notice how long it took RW to do this.
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KE4ZHN on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
These ped mobiles look like fun. This is cool!
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by N0AH on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Contest Stations Behold!

I love this guy!!

I can see MFJ busy at work designing their MFJ whack-attack 358 BackPack Gizmo now based on this article.

But it takes heart to do this. Awesome job- Congrads. I'm glad April is over, right? We don't have to check QSL's or a log here do we???

Simply amazing- Take heart real hams- we now have a poster ham to put up on our walls! I'm going to put mine up next to Elway, Rocky, and Patton. I can't believe this- Very cool-
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KA4KOE on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Paul

I'm gonna try and do DXCC, all CW, on my manpack. Wish me luck.

PHILIP
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WA5ZNU on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I've worked Paul a few times in the past on his KX1 pedestrian mobile with his short whip, and heard him make some of these DX contacts. Today at lunch, I took my KX1 out on the patio outside the cafeteria at work and there was Paul W0RW on 14.059! I was using a 24ft wire in a tree and a 16ft wire on the ground.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WB2WIK on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Congrats on the nice accomplishment!

Especially good work for the "2005" contacts under conditions that are definitely spiraling downhill, as they will for the next year or two.

The photo on Pike's Peak is nice, too (separate URL), but I want to see one from the summit of Mt. Whitney, CA -- having visited both, Mt. Whitney's much harder to get to!

73

Steve WB2WIK/6

 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by NG1I on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Great photo and great work.....glad you acknowledged the worked stations too so congtarulations!!!!!

GL 73 and hope to work you "Ped-Mobile"

Frank
NG1I
Cherry Valley, MA
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by VK5CC on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Well done Paul an excellent effort, and it goes to show what can be achieved with skill,patience and Amateur Know How! We have a guy down here in VK3 who does exceptionally well with qrp and indoor magnetic loops etc and you remind me of him Paul! (HIS NAME IS PETER PARKER).

BEST 73 DE CHRIS
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by X-WB1AUW on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I was wondering if you used a straight key strapped to your leg?

Bob
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by W8KQE on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
GREAT ARTICLE and FANTASTIC JOB! I can relate, as I have worked a few states and countries on a 5w 10m SSB walkie-talkie with a 3 foot base loaded whip antenna (at sunspot cycle near-peak), and know how challenging but thrilling it can be when a station comes back to you! 'HF pack' operations is also a blast, operating from a mountaintop or campsite with a car battery charger/power supply, a portable HF/6m rig, and simple wire or loop antennas. It's amazing how the 'noise floor' lowers significantly when you're away from crowded residential areas and power lines.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by NL7W on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
VK5CC: I thought Peter Parker is Spiderman's real name? I really believe some sort of "spider sense" was needed to accomplish this DX'ing feat... Geeesh, I've been around my kids too much (movies and comic books).

Maybe W0RW really is a superhero?

Chow.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by NS6Y_ on May 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Makes me GREEN with envy, of your "greenie" radio!
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KC7JDS on May 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Paul,
Being a 20-year Army retiree, I was curious about what radio (PRC-???) you're using. The only one I can think of that had that kind of capabilities (and from what little I can see in your photo) would be a late 80's/ early 90's PRC-70. It was an all-band (HF to VHF), all-mode xcvr originally built for Special Forces. Am I right or wrong?
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by N3AIU on May 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

An excellent article, Paul! It takes a good ear and fist to accomplish that feat (as far as I'm concerned, the radio and antenna are of secondary importance). I'm especially impressed with the fact that you got most of your DX QSOs when sunspot numbers were on the decline. Congrats!

73, Nick N3AIU
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KD2MX on May 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Just what I'm looking for. I'm planning my reentry to the hobby after many years away. I love to hike & have been thinking about a FT897. I signed on here to get some antenna ideas since I'd be looking for something simple and this article is staring right at me.

Exciting!
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by W3DCG on May 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Awesome.
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by VK4JAM on May 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Great article & well done !!!

I could not believe that there was no VK contact listed. I had no idea that "down under" was so rare. Have a listen in 28.470 Mhz around 2300 UTC on any day and you should get a VK contact for your list. There is a small group on this frequency who talk across to the US almost every day. 15 m is also open almost every day around the same time.

I worked Budd W3FF 5x7 while he was walking along a mountian trail back in November 2000. It can be done !!!
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by VE3WMB on May 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Paul :

As always, you are an inspiration. I hope that we can complete that KX1 to KX1 /PM contact someday. Keep walking, keep talkin and take care!

Cheers,

Michael VE3WMB
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KA4KOE on May 4, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I believe he's using a PRC319.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by W0RW on May 4, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for all the comments.
Here is an update:
i hope this article encourages you to get your radio out on the trail this summer.
Be sure to visit the HF Pack Group www.HFPack.com
for more information on backpack radio operation.

i guess i will have to replace #20 (KH7X - Possibly on Hawaii) with TK5EF, Phil, on Corsica, 17M.

Most contacts were made from Colorado Springs and
there is a big mountain blocking my signals to the West. It is very hard to work VK/ZL from the East side of Pike's Peak.

If you want more information on my Backpack Radio
visit the PRC319 Yahoogroup.
My 10 foot whip is connected right out of the antenna tuner, no loading coils.
Paul w0rw
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WA2JJH on May 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
NOW, I REALLY HOPE I CAN FIX MY RACAL SYNCAL 30 MANPACK!

Paid $650 for mine off of ebay. It has Iraqi writting on it. I was told the Iraqis used the Racal Syncal 30's during the first gulf war.

The post 1980 PRC's are running at about $2000.
However the RX will outperform ANY HAM RADIO today.

I counted 5 multipole filters in mine.
spec 2.0kc -6 db down, @4.5kc 60db down! Never get that spec out of a K2 or any rig made today.

I wonder why most of the PRC's available requir 19 D cells? 12 volt are very new and currant issue.

73, your a great rep.for ham radio!
Hope to work you manpack to manpack
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WA2JJH on May 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
<<<<<<<<<<
I can see MFJ busy at work designing their MFJ whack-attack 358 BackPack Gizmo now based on this article>>>>>>

OUCH, AN MFJ PRC! A POS IS WHAT YOU GET! I hope you are not right! Besides the K2 is a lower cost non mil spec portable.
OTHER NAMES mfj POS-PACK, whimp-pack, whack-pack, radio schlock, HF from hell pack, and PRC wanna-be.

As another poster pointed out.....You must get an excellent aerobic workout just walking with 25 or more pounds.

Got to fix thst Racal manpack I got dirt cheap from dude that did not know the collectors value of some of the PRC's.

24VOLT seems to be very common. I woould guess the 24 volt final must have a very clean output.

Most of the PRC's have special audio and ALC procs to get the most out of 5,20 or 50W. On your model can you turn the processing? I would think for digital modes you can must turn off all of the processing.
I know the currant PRC's you can.

I know the procs have to be able to provide full modulation for a covert operation whisper to having to yell over while under fire.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KA4KOE on May 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
My PRC2000 has absolutely the most effective ALC action of any radio I've used. Its receiver is more sensitive than on my IC-756 PRO. And, get this....its a direct conversion type receiver. No images whatsoever to worry about.

It runs off 15VDC provided by 13 D cell NIMH batteries.

Running off the 10 foot long AT-271 sectional antenna, the first station I worked was in Belgium on 17m from my backyard. This stuff is absolutely addictive and so much fun you quickly get used to no RIT, no VFO knob, no split. My receiver has a frequency readout and a volume control, and I don't really miss all the gee whiz bang features of the current mess of rice boxes currently being offered by the big 3.

I challenge them to the hose off test and the drop test!

Feeleep
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WA2JJH on May 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
TNX FER INFO VISA-VI MANPACK GROUPS AND CLUBS.

PERHAPS NON-QRP(LESS THAN 10w SSB or 5W CW, along digital voice,N-SSB(narrow ssb) will become a new and interesting trend in Ham radio. Attracting young and old alike.

Seems that 1986 vintage mil communication transceivers are the latest a civilain can buy.
Even my 1975 Racal is extremely over built and have the same or better specs than ANY
ham radio made today.IM

Mil. Radio's are excellent for new hams. .Some of the later PRC's have VFO knobs.
The Harris RF-3200 has a real percision VFO knob. It has 150W output power. My Harris is not a manpack, it is a transportable rig. The RX is the pre-ampless front end with multipole
filter after the first mixer.

Another excellent mil. HF portable rig is the 150W transworld TWT-100. This rig at first was
sold as RACAL. One Variant is built into a small Haliburtan attache case for covert ops.

the standard mobile version has both a built in 12V and 25 amp ultra light 110/220 power supplies.

CYA with manpacks. Some are either upper sideband and CW ONLY. The all solid state manpacks were made in 1964. Many of them cover 1,6-10mhz only. Some cover 10-22mhz

The newer manpacks output up to 50W and cover the entire HF SPECTRUM(1.6mhz-30mhz in 1,6mhz or 100Hz steps..

Only the later manpacks will work on 12VDC. Even the 1986 vintage use the 24VDC STANDARD. On the positive side, 24V BIPOLAR FINALS produce an output that is 10db
cleaner in terms of IMD, 3ERD order distortion and spurs. Also the pre-ampless front end in the RX section do not need DSP to be ultra sensitive and razor sharp selectivity.
Filter blow-by and the many other RX artifacts do not occure in the PRC's..

The prices are coming down on these ultra high performance rugged backpack anxpb
over the shoulder rigs.

 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by HAMDUDE on May 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Wow! This looks like a blast to try!
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by KC7JDS on May 9, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Thx for the reply on your gear. Again, having been in for 20 years, I know this stuff can be built rugged (but also heavy). Unfortunately, in my particular MOS (Military Occupational Specialty), I only saw either the vehicle-mounted stuff, or the backpack VHF FM gear. Good to see some REALLY practical use for this other HF gear. Now if I could only afford it....

Again, congrats. What an awesome achievement.
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WA2JJH on May 13, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
M.O.S.in NYC also mwans member of service

JUST WON ANOTHER RACAL SYNTH30. I WOULD LIKE TO SET UP A SKED. CW OR SSB. tHE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT SOME MIL.
PAX ONLY DO MCW NOT UNMODED CW. SO YOU MUST REWIRE THE KEY JACK.

I COULD BE WRONG. IS MCW ILLEGAL ON CW
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WA2JJH on May 13, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
$600-$800 FER ALL band SSB/CW/AM for 1970's vintage.
Before you say too old, there are just more transistors than IC's. One wil find multiple multipole filters too. No CPU's, no CPU noise and CPU created products get into the front end.

No non repairable SMTs. Older than 1970, one or 2 mini-tube, the rest is transistor.

1980 vintage $2000 a few for 1500.

I have seen soom vietnam radio's. Very few are 1.6-30
with all modes.

Seems like the mil stuff are futuristic in design for decade minted.

Best cost/feature...The Racal Syncal 30 universal.
1.6(vlf rx too)-29.999mhz.
Ebay avarage price.....$700. 3W/30W. Unique antenna tuner. Call it psuedo ATU. 30 foot wire will work
80M-10M. Have a 4 foot rod for GND.

You can use the tuner on the BNC output to tune inverted V's and dipoles. There is also a threaded
receptical for a portable whip. A Modifed el-cheapo 8 foot whip will work.
 
RE: EL CHEAPO BATT PACK..lotso yack-yack/CW..  
by WA2JJH on May 14, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Many of the decommissioned HF MANPACK/PORTABLE will not come with a battery. 19 D-cells are expensive and add much weight to your pack.

ALTERNATIVE::THE NEW LAPTOPS OFFER 5A-HR 12-14v PCKS.
Such as the IBM T-22.

Get 2 12 volt lithium ion or lithium polymer batt packs for just about any laptop.
Get the dual batt. rapid charger.

That gives you 24-28V@ 5A-H for your mean,green,HF
mil spec. machine.

Cost: 5-6A-H lithium ion or lithium polymer 10-14V
$160X 2 dual rapid charger $79. TOTAL....$240

This becomes a bigger bargain,cause you do not have to
buy the battery boat.

I got 400 charge cycles@4-6 hour laptop use.
After 400 cycles, I got 200 charge cycles @ 2A-H.
The current drain of a CINTRINO laptop is greater
than most HF-PRC's at LOW POWER(2-4w)

I would think you would get the same or slightly less in the 30W SSB mode. AM hipower is a waste.

73&hppy trails
 
100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by W0RW on June 1, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
We had nice conditions during the WPX CW contest on 5/28/05.
i worked 2 new countries:
4N5N 20M CW Macedonia (KX1)
ZL6QH 20M CW New Zealand (KX1)
i was pedestrian mobile, hand holding my KX1.
i stick my 10 foot whip in my rear pocket and have a 13 foot drag wire for a counterpoise.
i also worked RA3CO, RA3CW, YZ0Z, ZM1A, G5X, K0AV and ZL1V.
This was the first time i have worked Europe and New Zealand at the same time (0400z).
Don't forget to check out the HFPack Group websites
http://www.hfpack.com
http://www.qsl.net/hfpack/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hfpac
And see you on the HF Pack frequencies..
18157.5kHz USB

14342.5kHz USB
14059.0kHz CW
Paul w0rw at aol.com
 
RE: 100 Countries on a 10 Foot Whip...  
by WR8Y on June 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
""""""i worked 2 new countries:
i was pedestrian mobile, hand holding my KX1.
i stick my 10 foot whip in my rear pocket and have a 13 foot drag wire for a counterpoise.
i also worked ....""""""

Huh.

2-4 watts,
Makeshift antenna,
Several countries worked.

I think I'll order a KX1 and get ready for my next hiking trip up Pine Mountain.

.... I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread....
 
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