My KX-2 was purchased used from a ham friend in Kansas a few months back, he also included the AX1 portable antenna. Tonight I brought the AX-1 with me to the beautiful Brown County State Park. I had just watched an excellent YouTube video by Tom Witherspoon K4SWL on how to use the AX-1 antenna during a Parks on the Air activation earlier in the day, at lunchtime actually. So I got the bug to give this short whip antenna a try.
My wife decided to go with me, so we loaded up a couple chairs, some drinks, and headed to Brown County State Park, about an hour away. Normally I would not try this on a weeknight, especially an hour drive away, but I wanted to see if I could have any success with this antenna setup. The seed, or bug, had been planted.
By the time we got there, found restrooms that were open, and got set up it was about 5:30PM local time. Set up was easy, took the KX2 out of the Lowe carrying case, attached the AX-1 Antenna, and pluggd in one 14 foot radial wire to the ground jack on the KX2. The internal antenna tuner liked it and I had a 1:1 SWR on 14053 Khz. We found a beautiful overlook up high in the park and a conveniently placed picnic table. So I logged in to the POTA spotting page on my phone and spotted myself on 20m (14053 Khz).
|KX2 and AX1 Antenna at Brown County State Park|
Brown County State Park is in Brown County Indiana, grid EM69vd and is just outside of Nashville Indiana. The park has been called "The little Smoky Mountains" because of the beautiful vistas, and the high rolling hills. Covering almost 17,000 acres, there is plenty of room to spread out.
I think I had sent out maybe three CQ's and was answered by KC3WOA in Maryland. He sent us a 599 signal report, which made me very happy! Over the next 35 minutes I worked 10 other stations, including AL7KC in North Pole Alaska (339), G4ELZ in England (449), W8TK in Arizona (579) for my furthest stations of the outing. I was STOKED to work England and Alaska on this little low power setup and the AX-1 antenna.
All in all it was a short, but good outing. The park was activated using the KX2 and the little AX-1 antenna. The band conditions were good, and the operators out there hunting me had some really good ears.
|Reverse Beacon was picking up my QRP in a lot of places! AX-1 was Getting OUT!|
After about 40 minutes or so we packed it up and headed toward home. The sun had started going down and the breezes up there were getting chilly, I had enough contacts to activate the park (my 31st activation) so I was very happy with the outing.
|Beautiful Overlook - Leaves will be peak in about a week.|
|Another Vista at Brown County State Park|
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