On Tuesday and Thursday nights my daughter takes Tae kwon do at the local YMCA. I typically run a few miles while she in class, but last night I decided to setup portable and play a little radio. The SKCC sprints run from 7-9pm once a month local time, and her class starts at 7:00 pm.
Since I would like to participate in these sprints, I have been looking for a location in the parking lot I could do this while she was in class.
The parking lot at the YMCA is large and at one end there are zero cars parked. There are small trees that I can attach my portable antenna to.
So last night I decided to test it out. The antenna strapped easily to a small tree and the coax easily reached in my car where I operate.
I made one contact...
AC4FZ (4987T) - Wally was working another station on 10.120 and once the QSO was over, I gave him a call. He was nice and loud here in Kansas. Wally was in North Carolina and had a nice signal and fist - with just a slight bit of QSB. He was a 559 here and he gave me a 549 - I am constantly amazed and just what 5 watts can accomplish!
That was it for the night, but I am glad I tested the setup for the SKCC sprint at the end of April - I will be active!