Next week I’m planning to start a 6-days hiking tour in the Pyrenees. Last year I had my 2m/70cm hand-held with me. An activation during a 7-days hike failed. I got only contact to 2 chasers (http://sotawatch.org/summits.php?summit=F/PO-073).
I decided to learn CW and bought a 40m-CW-Kit. (http://qrpproject.de/UK/mosquita.htm).
Now, one year later, the Pyrenees are calling, the sun is shining, the backpack is prepared.
First September, I’m going on a one-day hike to test the QRP-equipment and my CW-knowledge. A height gain of 900 meters are waiting for me. A good reason to take the tiny QRP-transceiver with LiPo-battery and not the YAESU-857 powered by lead battery.
The QRP-Transceiver -Miss Mosquita – has about 4 W output. The antenna is a 40m single-band telescope, similar to the ATX-1080 multi-band. I use the mini-paddle from palm radio.
My CW is still modest, not more than 15 wpm. I need you to repeat your call sign several times to “decode” it. Please have patience with me and keep it slow, simple and double.
The VX-8E hand-held is used for APRS beacons.
Greetings from the South-West of France