I recently picked up a TenTec R4020 to try as a traveling QRP rig. It looks nice:
It comes with battery holders so you can go true portable in the field:
The instructions say to install the battery holders with double sided tape and wire in series. Straight forward, except for one small detail:
See those crystals in the center of the board? No way, and I mean NO WAY can you get those battery holders in and clear those crystals.
Any one who has done this, I would appreciate knowing how you accomplished it.
Just received my WAC certificate.
Spent part of a week down in Jamaica, but didn’t take any equipment along. I thought about it, but some comments around the interwebs weren’t particularly encouraging. We were in a second floor room with a balcony, so I might have been able to bootleg a 15 meter vertical dipole.
Anyway, here’s a picture to make you jealous:
The MFJ booth at Ham Com
Getting a bite for lunch
Everybody wanted one of these
The ICOM booth
A surprise came in yesterday’s mail: an envelope from the W5 buro with a nice batch of cards inside. Thanks also to OM2VL, SF7WT, RU3ZX, EA8ZS, OR7R, and ES5QD for the nice cards.
The last one puzzled me for a bit, as I had only one QSO logged on the date of the card, from a Japanese station. It finally hit me that that date was when I was traveling from Texas to Los Angeles, and making QSOs that I didn’t log.
I have sent answering cards back via the buro to all these stations. Thanks again, guys.
Just received an LOTW QSL from HC2/W7SE, giving me 100 countries confirmed. Application is already in to ARRL.