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    QRP Portable Mustang Island, Texas de WA5SAT

    Hello Friends! I have been wanting to operate from the Horace Caldwell Pier at Port Aransas, Texas for some time and finally got my chance on Halloween weekend 2015

    Port Aransas is a fishing village and tourist resort on Mustang Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Horace Caldwell Pier is a concrete and wooden pier that goes about 1200 feet out into the gulf.

    All my gear fit in my backpack: FT817, tuner,endfed wire, battery and assorted stuff. I attached the wire to a 30 foot Jackite pole and lashed the pole to the pier with bungee cords.

    Set up was quick and easy and on that Sunday morning, 11/1/15, Europe was coming in great! Working DX was a bit tough, but I did manage to grab Spain and Brazil and a few stateside stations in a couple of hours of operation.

    The weather was perfect and we enjoyed watching the surfers during breaks from the radio. 73 de WA5SAT
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    Re: QRP Portable Mustang Island, Texas de WA5SAT

    Hey Steve.....Looks like great fun.

    I am anxious to get out for some portable ops. Fall is my favorite time of year to be out.

    John WD5IKX

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD5IKX View Post
    Hey Steve.....Looks like great fun.

    I am anxious to get out for some portable ops. Fall is my favorite time of year to be out.

    John WD5IKX
    Nice to hear from you, John! Yes, when most of the country is buttoned up for Winter, Texans are out doing their portable operations. I hope to be out a lot this fall and winter. A couple of weeks ago I hiked up Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, Tx. with a radio on my back and had a great time.
    73,Steve WA5SAT

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    Re: QRP Portable Mustang Island, Texas de WA5SAT

    Thanks for sharing Steve.

    Looks like a great location for some DX with a vertical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M0LMK View Post
    Thanks for sharing Steve.

    Looks like a great location for some DX with a vertical.
    Yes, it is a beautiful spot. I am hoping to get down there soon with an A99 vertical.

    73, Steve WA5SAT

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    Re: QRP Portable Mustang Island, Texas de WA5SAT

    Great. I would love to see how that performs right above the water
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    I am planning to go back in December- same spot. maybe with an A99 antenna and FT857 to see if I can make a few more contacts. 73, Steve

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