The SW-20 TEST QSO

2008/04/02

“The QSO with N0TU”

 

The SW-20 CW QRP transceiver was completed in early March.  As usual, I tried to make QSOs for testing to confirm that the Sw-20 has been completed and functioning.   It was poor condx for 20m band in mid March and I could not make a QSO at all.  I was sure that 2 watts of power generated by the SW-20 was enough for QSO because my 6BA6 and 6AQ5 QRP with 2watts of power I homebrewed has reached France about three years ago and have made QRP QSO successfully.

 

At last, on Feb. 23 at 16:11 UTC I have managed to have a QSO with N0TU, Steve, using a club call sign, W3PBC. 

 

N0TU: ICOM 703, 5watts and a CFZ at 55 ft high.  RST 599 with QSB.

 

Myself: SW-20, 2 watts and a homebrew bazooka vertical.  RST 229

 

W3 area is close to my QTH, Ontario but I copied his QTH as Monument, CO.  I thought it was my mistake for copy.  He gave me RST 229 which was understandable because of QRP of 2 watts I was running.   Then, Steve e-mailed me telling me that W3PBC is a club station call sign belonging to the “Polar Bear QRP Club” which I have never heard of before.  I clicked in the website of the club he gave me shown below.

 

http://www.polarbearqrp.org  (This is a unique QRP club and you might be interested in “CLICK IN “. ) 

 

Then, he sent me an e-mail describing his movie which can be seen at “youtube” below and it is VRY INTERESTING.  I highly recommend you visit and enjoy his trip to the Mt. Herman.

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/goathiker

 

In short, he is a QRPer in CO. belonging to the “Polar Bear QRP club” which is a group of people loving outdoor activities in winter operating QRP outdoor, enjoying cold WX.  How about that!!! 

The coldest temperature I experienced to date is about minus 60 F (approx. minus 50 degrees in C) in VE6 land many years ago and I rather stay at home when it is cold.

He takes two goats, Rooster and Peanut, with him for trips.  They help Steve carrying some camping stuff and radios.   That is a smart idea, don’t U think?  Not only that the goats will find natural foods outdoor while hiking with Steve. 

 

On Feb. 27th, at 19:35 UTC after my first QSO with him, I run across N0TU, Steve again on 14.060Mhz and I had a fun chat with him.  He was transmitting from his home running ICOM 703 with 5 watts.  I was running my old Yaesu FT-107m that was given to me for free of charge.   The FT-107m was said IT SMOKES with full power but it is a perfect rig for me for QRP up to 10 watts, NO SMOKES at all.  I have never run more than 10 watts on this rig so no trouble, Hi Hi.

 

Well, that is the story I wanted to tell about my SW-20 I built.  I show his QSL cards on the album of my blog on April 2nd, 2008.   TNX Steve, for the fun and exciting QSOs I had with a new QRP transceiver I built.

 

73.

 

ve3cgc@hotmail.com   VE3CGC  Hiro

Additional URL:

http://www.angelfire.com/planet/goatman/

P.S.  Steve went to another trip on March 22 and luckily I had a QRP QSO with him at 15:34 UTC at 14.060mhz.  This time my rig was Icom 706 at 5 watts.  Antenna was my bazooka vertical mono-bander.  TNX Steve for the interesting chat and I look forward to checking in ur future trips, Hi Hi.

 

In Japanese:

SW-20 CW QRP トランシーバーを組み立てました。」

 

スモール ワンダー ラブス社のCW 20mバンド 2ワット トランシーバーをこの冬のプロジェクトとして、組みました。 約6ヶ月くらいかかり、2月にはいってから出来上がり、テストを兼ね、オン エアーしていましたが、CONDXが悪く、なかなかQSOが出来ませんでした。  以前、6BA6+6AQ520mバンド 2ワット機でフランスの局と話したことがあり、2ワットは十分QSOできるパワーですので、焦らず、我慢してCQを出していました。

 

2 23 16:11 UTCについにN0TU局を捕まえ、始めのQSOSW-20で出来ました。 W3PBC、スティーブ でW3は私のQTHの近くのはずでしたが、相手のQTHはコロラド州と私はコピーし、始めは間違いと思っていました。 

 

W3PBC(N0TU):RST 599   リグ ICOM703  ANT 80mツエップ高さ16メータ

VE3CGC: RST 229  リグSW-20    ANT 20mバズーカ垂直アンテナ

 

相手局はCQを出していました、私がこれに答え相手局を呼び、反応があり、QRP局の私はこの時が、一番うれしく、「やった。」という気持ちでした。  QSOが終わり、しばらくすると、スティーブ、N0TUよりメールが届き、W3PBCはクラブ局のコールサインで、「ポーラー ベア QRP クラブ、日本語では白熊QRPクラブ」の会員であり、このクラブの会員は冬に外に出て、寒さにめげず、QRPでオン エアーする、のが第一の目的であるとクラブのサイトに書いてありました。 皆さんも読んでみて下さい。

 

http://www.polarbearqrp.org 

http://www.angelfire.com/planet/goatman/

 

なかなか面白い事をするクラブと思いましたが、私は冬には、やはり、家の中にいて暖かくしていたい方です。 そして、私がQSOしたときは、近くの山にハイキング(もちろん冬!!!)に出かけるときで、其の様子を動画で見られます。 

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/goathiker

 

スティーブは2匹の山羊を連れて、山に登るようで、これも面白い考えと思いました。 ルースター、とピーナッツと言う名前ですが、キャンプ道具とラジオを背に背負ってスティーブの後を歩きながら、山に登るのですが、食べられる餌があると自分で食べるそうです。 私の説明より、実際に、其の動画を見てください。 なお、この2匹の背中には、時々、ビデオカメラが背負われ、ムービーを撮るようです。 

 

QSLカードを私のブログのアルバムに200842日にのせてありますので、見てください。 質問があれば、メールでお願いします。

 

73.

 

VE3CGC  ひろ はやし

ve3cgc@hotmail.com

P.S.  322日にスティーブはまた山に登り、2匹の山羊ルースターとピーナッツに荷物を背負わせ、山からオン エアーし、私はIC706 5ワットと垂直バズーカアンテナで話すことが出来ました。 1534UTC 14.060mhz メールで前もって連絡してもらいましたので、スケジュールを組んだように、問題なくQSOでき、またCONDXもよく、あっけないほど、簡単でした。

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