The temperature was in the sixties this morning and so it was time to erect the 40M inverted Vee I built a few weeks ago and trim it to length.
I could have done the job in my backyard but decided that it was a perfect opportunity to get out for a bit. There is a nice park a few miles from my hows with great views. The ramada is down in a saddle between two hills so it is a lousy spot to try an make any contacts, but it is scenic nevertheless.
As you can see, the portable station fits in a plastic 50cal ammo can. Trimming the antenna for resonance at the bottom end of 40M went very quickly. (An aside: Antenna analyzers like my MFJ-269 are amazing tools. When I started in ham radio 35 years ago we had nothing like it.)
Did I make any contacts today? No. I didn’t expect to, given the limited time I had, my inexperience as a QRP operator, and my lousy location. That will change.