Richard, G3CWI, recently posted the following on the SOTA reflector:
Who would be interested in holding a Mighty Mite Weekend? Each individual Rock Mite would be allocated a number and maybe there could be a prize for the activator who makes most contacts over a weekend on their Rock Mite(s) and a prize for the chaser who works the most Rock Mites.
Well in for a penny, in for a pound, I promptly sent off for a Rock Mite 20 metre kit (RM20) so that I could enter the fray.
The rig is dead simple to build with only one SMD component to mount. All the rest are through hole components and there's not even any inductors to wind.
|Rock Mite 20|
Mounting it in an Altoids tin took longer than building the rig. The hard bit is always the metal work!
|In the tin|
A quick check on transmit resulted in several spots on RBN so at least we know that it's getting out OK
|Bench test RBN spots|
Today I took the RM20 up to my local SOTA summit to see if we could raise any contacts.
I placed an alert on SotaWatch and within 30 secs of calling CQ the calls starting rolling in!
|Rain clouds over Cleeve Hill. G/CE-001|
When I say rolling in, there were 7 callers. I was pleasantly surprised with the rigs performance, the receiver being very sensitive, if not a little wide in the bandwith department :-)
What shocked me most was when Jean - VE2JCW called with a great signal and obviously pulling my minuscule signal out of the ether. Thanks Jean for a Transatlantic QSO on the RM20's first outing.
|RM20 QSO Map|
|Log fills up with QRO 4W!|
|My spot behind the gorse bushes.|
It was dusk when I packed up, it was blowing a gale and there were hints of moisture in the air.
|Total QSO map|
|Total QSO's for the day.|
In total 20 DXCC countries for the day from 52 contacts on all bands from 60-15 metres
We now just need to wait for Richard to announce the Mighty Mite Challenge rules!