I had two different portable operations this weekend—a mixed bag of sorts.
Yesterday morning, I took part in an EmComm exercise with my local ARES-RACES group. We have a relatively new network of Vara FM digipeaters and Winlink gateways around the county, and the exercise was intended to try them from various locations.
For this exercise, I deployed to the local high school, where I operated “stationary-mobile” from the parking lot. My task was to connect to the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and send a Field Situation Report using Winlink over Vara FM on 2M. Then, I connected to the EOC using VarAC and sent a text file containing my Field Situation Report data. I was running 5 watts for both voice and data, so, technically, this was a QRP operation.
My setup in the truck worked great. I used one of those plastic steering wheel trays to support my little Evolve laptop. I used my trusty old Icom IC-207H dual band rig and a Signalink for the data. Both the IC-207H and the Yaesu FT-8800 I used for voice were powered by separate deep cycle batteries. While everything worked fine, I have a couple of cables I’m going to build to simplify the battery connections.
This morning, I went to nearby Evansburg State Park (K-1351) for a quick POTA activation. I used my TR-35, T1 tuner, and my 19-foot vertical mounted on my truck. (I didn’t take any pictures today, but, then again, there wasn’t anything special about my setup.) In about an hour, I logged 30 QSOs, including three park-to-park contacts.
While tuning around looking for park-to-park contacts, I worked a station operating with the Straight Key Century Club’s callsign, KS1KCC. My last contact of the day was with NL7V in North Pole, Alaska, on 17M. It’s always a thrill for me to work an Alaskan station. Paul gave me a 229 report, but I’ll take it.
72, Craig WB3GCK
4 thoughts on “Mixed Bag Weekend”
Couldn’t help but notice the Evolve Maestro! Added 128GB drive to mine. Have it dual booting Mint Linux and WIN 10. Haven’t installed Linux WiFi driver yet. Using TP-Link USB WiFi.
73, Rick K8BMA
Hi Rick: Yep, I love that little laptop. The battery life is truly amazing. Mine is stock with an SD card added for extra storage. 73, Craig WB3GCK
Wondered if those were ham radio apps on your Maestro?
I have Mint Linux dual booting on mine. Wonder if HamPi apps will run under Mint?
Do you have N1MM running or another logging program?
I only use Windows on the Evolve. I have a bunch of ham radio apps on it. My main log is kept in N3FJP’s ACLog, but I also have SKCCLogger and HamRS installed. — Craig