Sunday, December 26, 2010

QRP in Blizzard Conditions

QRP contact for tonight was with Lou, K3OXG in Pennsylvania. This was especially neat as we currently have blizzard conditions with 12" snow, 40 mph winds, 22 degrees outside. I was out shoveling earlier, and was amazed at how the ladder line dipole is dancing up in the trees. I took time to loosed the support ties today in the hope of preventing a break under stress tonight. I bet the ladder feed line is bouncing up and down over 10 feet.

Using 5 watts to the dipole, we were able to complete the contact. There was quite a bit of QSB, so I appreciate Lou's efforts with my code and pulling my signal out of the wind.

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