|Trip to Ft. Robinson, NE
|Short hop and skip to Walcott
The antennas are hamstick type that I got in Dayton in 2011. I have sticks for 20, 40 and 80, though for this trip I will probably just stay on 20. I've used the 20m antenna attached to my grill on my deck with great success so I'm very eager to see how it works in the true mobile fashion.
|Tuning the 20m stick
I had a lot of wild ideas for mounting the radio but I really hit the jackpot when I actually put the radio in the car. The 2005 model 4Runner has something which in the Toyota circles is known as the "burger tray." It is a small flip out "table" in the front part of the arm rest and...well pictures are worth a thousand words:
With the legs deployed, it they rest perfectly in the notches so that the radio sits securely at my fingertips. It could be a bit further out so I would not have to look down to see the frequency but I can deal with it given the incredible ease of use.
I took the truck up to the hill where I like to operate portable and fired it up. As luck would have it, the very first QSO as W0EA/M was with TG4 in Guatemala! I then worked a couple of the 13 Colonies special event stations, all with 10w on voice. Color me impressed! Quite happy so far. I'll play a lot more this weekend and get the 40m stick tuned up. Keep an ear out for me next week and here's a bunch more pictures just for fun!