Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Warm December Day & The ARRL 10m SSB Contest

We've had a unusually warm winter here in STL with a few days topping the high 60's to low 70's.  Each one of these beautiful days has been on a weekend, so getting things done outside has been great!  I hope this doesn't come to bite me as I'm stuck in the house with very cold weather outside waiting on 6" to 8" of snow to drop in the next few hours.

Dec 13th 2014, it was one of those usual warm winter days.  It was also the ARRL 10m QSO party, so I grabbed my KX3, an Alpha Ez-Military vertical and misc other items and was off to the local park to enjoy some of the nice weather.  I'm slowing practicing my SOTA setup for this spring and summer.  I learned some good lessons about packing and weight management, as I walked to the local park from my house with everything in my backpack.  Some of the items I packed never came out of the bag, or were never used.

Below are some pics of my setup.  I took my GoPro, but never used it, as I was too busy trying to setup.  Next time I'll be sure to shoot and publish a YouTube video.  Thanks to everybody who I worked that day!

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