So I made another trip down to K-4183, the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, and got all set up at a new much shadier site called Beaver Bottom.
So I started thinking about what could be wrong and I got up and started checking my coax feedline foot by foot. I bought this feedline maybe 15 years ago, and I have used it and rolled it up and unrolled it and rolled it up again about 100 or so times that I could almost remember. Sure enough, somewhere along the way the braid or the center conductor got damaged, by kinking, or too much rolling up, or something. I found three suspicious "lumps" in the feedline. Curse you Red Baron!! I know knew how Snoopy felt.
Of course I did not bring a spare feedline for the vertical. I was dejected but it was still a good outing, I was outside, it was flat gorgeous, and I saw a couple heron's, some squirrels, a few rabbits, and a gigantic Red Tailed Hawk. So I stayed and just soaked it in for a bit before tearing down and heading back to the ranch, a mere 25 miles away. This site even had a Rumpke Office.
The day wasn't a total loss, no logs to submit, since I worked no one. I have ordered a new feedline and will maybe try my Alex Loop the next time. I forgot I even had it in the truck with me. It normally does fine on 12m-40m
Until the next adventure!
OH!! Congratulations to Joe Taylor K1JT and Peter Parker VK3YE on being selected for induction to the QRP-ARCI QRP Hall of Fame! Their contributions to the art and science of QRP radio have been felt worldwide.
73 de KB9BVN