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#OptOutside - Getting Sun On My Radio

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I decided to avoid Black Friday and get away from stores, but not site at home watching TV either.

I packed up my Elecraft KX3 and headed for a local park.




The plastic box is for my wire antenna. It has way more stuff than I needed and I think it weighs more than the antenna...so I may abandon it for future trips. I also brought my 20AH LiFePo3 battery. The voltage didn't drop at all during the entire 3 hours. I'm going to bring a smaller battery next time.



I setup an end-fed wire antenna and operated for about 3 hours. I only made five contacts, but it was still fun. The noise level was much lower than at home.

I need to figure out how to log an NPOTA (National Parks On The Air) contact as I connected to a station in Washington that was calling from a National Park.
The bag is great for the KX3, it is a +Maxpedition Incognito Quad. The inside is just the right size for the KX3, PX3, and my battery. I couldn't have asked for a better fit. There are large and small compartments …