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I went out /P this evening; my first bit of operating since my return from holiday some 10 days ago. I deployed on the salt marsh at 17:30 UTC and operated with 40W of SSB to an EFHW for 20m. The rig was an FT857. The band was mostly busy with European stations but early on in the deployment I heard (but could not work) V53DX in Namibia and A41CK in Muscat.

I did manage QSOs with IT9DOR; SV1LHZ; OE3IDE; SP4YPB; YU7AOP; EA6/EI6DX; and my old pal Wynand, V51WW in Namibia. As I was preparing to finish operating I heard (but could not break the pile up) ZS6OAJ who was keen to work Italian stations. So a path to southern africa was definitely open.

It was good to get back on the salt marsh after a six week absence even though the 17mph wind took some of the warmth out of the sun. I operated two hours of hunt and pounce. I left the site 20mins after sunset so probably had the benefit of some grey line propagation.
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Forty Niner circuit ....
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The Forty niner is almost ready for testing .... The toroids just need to be wound and fitted. Every ham should build one of these.
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Please Join Us. 73 N7VGJ

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I guess maybe I should be thankful because RaDAR may never have existed and become a worldwide phenomenon if wire antennas were allowed to exist in my back yard..... :)
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Fred VE3FAL is looking for contacts on 14.059 at 20:15 he is on a trip with no internet.
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I invite you to listen to Eddie's story and the philosophy of Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR) in this QSO Today Podcast.

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The Field Radio Podcast is dedicated to exploring the amateur radio hobby through the lens of getting you and your gear outdoors. Your host, John W7DBO, will explore what gear works best, how to deploy in the field, and most importantly how to have fun! The podcast will also explore what you can do with your gear once deployed; Including emergency communications, contesting, event support, and of course Field Day.

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Hello Operators.
I know I promised to publish the after-action report for the radar challenge but I thought this video was 8mportant to get out first before that video. I think it's finally to say I've been able to get my kit down to a reasonable size & weight. Over the past few weeks I've published several articles entitled "Man Portable Off-grid Power for Amateur Radio". This video is the result of that research & field testing. In this video, I'll breakdown each module & component of my Portable Solar Powered GoKit for Ham Radio.
The  kit follows a "Lego block" approach, and is designed to be modular. The three modules are:
- Power & DC distribution
- Radio & Computing
- Antennas & Support

The entire kit weighs between 7-10 kg depending on the options chosen.
You can find links to the original blog posts, research, field testing, and the usual plethora of full HD images, in the video description.

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 https://youtu.be/1_-Q0ORT93M
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