If you’ve been following QRPer.com and my YouTube channel for long, you’ll notice that I typically post two field reports with videos per week when my free time allows. Each report takes about four hours to produce along with a video. I’ve currently got a small backlog of videos I need to post, so in order to squeeze them into my schedule, I’m going to use a slightly more abbreviated field report format: a “postcard” format!
My Postcard Field Reports will still be information-packed, just slightly more concise and distilled than my average field report. I’ll primarily post these for sites I visit frequently.
Speaking of which….
Lake James State Park (K-2739)
RGO One + AX1
During that time, I also made it my mini mission to pair the AX1 with radios other than the Elecraft KX2 and KX3.
During this activation, it was the Mission RGO One’s turn!
Not familiar with the Mission RGO One? That’s not surprising, actually. The Mission RGO One is a small production run radio produced by Boris (LZ2JR) in Bulgaria.
The RGO One sports a superhet design with a 9MHz intermediate frequency. Boris deigned the RGO to be a simple radio with benchmark receiver characteristics. I think he succeeded. Although I speak about the RGO One in my activation video, I’d encourage you to read my full review on the SWLing Post.
By the way, RGO should be pronounced “Argo” but I often pronounce it by the letters “RGO.” So there you go!
- Mission RGO One
- Elecraft AX1 packed in a Maxpedition Fatty Pouch
- Key cable: Cable Matters 2-Pack Gold-Plated Retractable Aux Cable – 2.5 Feet
- Begali Traveler
- Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Pack EDC
- Bioenno 3 aH LiFePo Battery (Model BLF-1203AB)
- Ham Radio Workbench DC Distribution Panel Model HRWB101
- Rite In The Rain Weatherproof Cover/Pouch
- Moleskine Cahier Journal
- GraphGear 0.9mm 1000 Automatic Drafting Pencil
- Camera: OSMO Action Camera
On The Air
It was incredibly fun!
Here’s what this 5-watts-into-a-4-foot-whip-under-a-picnic-shelter-roof activation looked like when plotted out on a QSO Map. Gotta love QRP!
Here’s my real-time, real-life video of the entire activation. As with all of my videos, I don’t edit out any parts of the on-air activation time. In addition, I have monetization turned off on YouTube, although that doesn’t stop them from inserting ads before and after my videos.
Not only do I love watching the little AX1 show off (proving once again just how poor a dummy load it really is–!) but the RGO One is such a joy to use in the field. It’s going to get a lot more outdoor time this year.
Thank you for taking time out of your day and joining me on this activation! I really appreciate it.
I hope you enjoyed the field report and my activation video as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Of course, I’d also like to send a special thanks to those of you who have been supporting the site and channel through Patreon and the Coffee Fund. While certainly not a requirement as my content will always be free, I really appreciate the support.
As I mentioned before, the Patreon platform connected to Vimeo make it possible for me to share videos that are not only 100% ad-free, but also downloadable for offline viewing. The Vimeo account also serves as a third backup for my video files.
Thanks for spending part of your day with me!
Cheers & 72,