Been enjoying Field Day for about 30 years now and this year was no exception. Despite a family obligation I managed to squeak out around 150 CW Q’s!
This was my first year working split (so to speak). I attended the BNLARC / K2BNL Field Day with old (and new) friends on Saturday evening for around 4 hours.
Sunday morning was the first time working QRP CW from home! Unlike working Field Day from a picnic bench, this old geezer really appreciates the comforts of home. Worked class 1E in the central air… and you can’t beat that!
All in all despite the horrific WX Saturday morning on Long Island, Saturday evening at BNLARC was picture puuurfect. The WX was so clear I caught a faint glimpse of the Milky Way galaxy despite the light pollution. A truly rare instance with humid Long Island summers!
72 and 73 KE2YK
Take Your Openspot Portable
I recently grabbed a SharkRF OpenSpot from Grapevine Amateur Radio. As of this post, Jason KC5HWB sells the units shipped for $215. What’s better than buying Ham Gear from a Ham! Jason does a video series on “What’s New In Ham Radio”. Be sure to check out his HamRadio 2.0 site for the latest and greatest goodies!
Since I already have a DVMega / Bluespot for the Ham Shack my plan was to set up the OpenSpot for portable operation.
Installed my Gatcepot 24000mAh 5.5A Universal 3-Port Ultra-High Capacity Power Bank , TPLink Nano Router and the SharkRF OpenSpot into the Pelican 1150 case and now go 100% portable by tethering the router to my iPhone 7.
With inspiration from Rob AK7RM’s how to (thanks Rob), I threw my How To version together with some extra info to help with the setup process. I also wanted to specifically cover the problem that hung me up for a bit. Check the note about the SSID value.
This how to is written specifically for use with the the TPLink Nano Router and an iPhone7 in Hotspot mode. However you can probably adapt it to any similar setup.
Get your copy of my OpenSpot Portable Ops document.
Enjoy! Hope To Catch you on DMR 73 – Gary KE2YK