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Mostly chasing, Some activating. Have gotten over 1000 chaser points now so starting to do more activating. I have a Yaesu FT817nD, but most activations have been done with a Hendricks PFR3B that I built a little over a year ago. HF antenna is a 35 foot random wire for the PFR, which it tunes on all bands. With the 817 I use a MFJ 16010 tuner and a 58 foot wire. That works on everything from 160 through 6 meters even though the tuner isnt meant for 6. For 2 meters I either use the 817 or a FT60 and the antenna is a dipole that can go horizontal or vertical. Ive done a half a dozen activations, mostly one pointers, but I think Im happy with my equipment list finally. Takes a while to whittle away at it and figure out what you like and what works for you.


Joe Korpela

Licensed in about 1977. Passed Extra exam in 1988 with 21 WPM CW. Main interest QRP CW. Best; Japan on 15M CW with 1/2 watt. Hobbies amateur radio, astronomy (Celestron 9.25" SCT and Celestron NexStar5SE), hiking, camping. Home Station; Kenwood TS590SG, MFJ-949 Tuner, 160m dipole, 80M OCFD, 30M OCFD, Kenwood TMV71 with Diamond 510 vertical. SOTA / Portable; Yaesu FT817ND, Hendricks PFR3B Kit (I built it in 2017) MFJ16010 Tuner, LDG Z817 Tuner, 58 foot wire. SKCC # 7735


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