Great fun was had in the Spartan Sprint Contest last night Monday evening. Spartan Sprint Rules.
I operated my old trusty ATS3 rig into a BLTuner feeding an inverted Vee 80m doublet up about 55ft at the apex. Power output at the beginning of the contest was 2Watts on 40m and 20m. The battery was a 750mAH Li Po battery as the power with a set of mini paddles and earbuds. The total weight for this setup was 13.4oz (0.838lbs) of which 7oz was attributed to the ATU! There is definitely room for improvement and weight loss with my station.
QTH is near Raleigh NC operating from the kitchen table since it was extremely hot outside.
Band conditions were good and I was able to work all stations copied. 20m was excellent for the first hour and then switched to 40m. QRN was high on 40m but the signals were strong. Towards the last 30 minutes I switched back to 20m but no signals were copied. In particular I enjoyed the contacts with N4SX (1 Watt on 40m in GA) and KA5QQA (1 Watt on 20m in TX).
Thanks to all for another great Spartan Sprint evening.
Total weight = 13.40oz = 0.838lbs
20m QSOs = 15
40m QSO's = 11
Total QSO's = 26
QSO's per Lb = 31.03