On 03/03/13 11:08, Pete wrote:
I was a little late getting going this morning, thanks to bad night's kip (dodgy back!). But, I finally managed the 2 minute drive to Rottingdean Beach with the dogs and got down there at 0830UTC.
Set up the gear by 0840UTC and tried to find VK6PTU and G6UOI who I was hoping to meet around either 14220 or 14185 but no luck.
Heard VK6LUD on 14235 in convo with a G. Also heard VK2CR in convo on 14180.
Kept listening back and forth between the two.
As soon as VK6LUD finished, I pounced and we had a great 10 min QSO from 0846UTC. Rob was pretty gobsmacked when I told him I was sitting on the beach and running 2.5W into a vertical whip. Smashing - I was dead chuffed.
Now properly stoked up I heard VK2CR signing off from his QSO and did the same. Tail ended the QSO and ended up having a great chat with Peter (GREAT NAME!!) at 0900UTC. I was 53 to him in Sydney and he was a good 59 back to me. Again, amazing. 2.5W :)
My head was now spinning. On 14218I heard VK6WC just finishing a QSO and again.
I pounced and tail ended it. Another fantastic QSO at 0906UTC.. Reports again 53 and 59. Wicked!
After this half hour I was feeling a bit chilly and needed to get the dogs home.
I had one final QSO with IZ0VXY/P who was activating the castle Castello di Prossedi.
FANTASTIC half hour trip. 2.5W SSB on 20m. Still grinning now :)
That salt water thing really works :-)
Vertical on 20m what radials, raised or just laid on pebbles (know you have not got sand).
Here are some pictures. If you look carefully you can see some sand!
Brilliant photos you blogged these anywhere? If not do you mind if I write a post on mine and add them with your words?
I just love the idea of beach qrp as we both know it works and your setup is great and looks so simple.
I am sure you had loaded that mass of sea weed to the South hihi...
The whip where did you get that and the coax looks like same source as the pants you can almost see a MOD number :-) ?