Christmas Day Activation at K-1848, Colt Creek State Park

Chameleon Hybrid Mini on a Wolf River Coil Tripod

Colt Creek State Park is one of my favorite parks. It has plenty of room to set up a portable antenna and the park is seldom crowded. It is a great place to try out new things. Since my XYL gave me her blessing to activate a park today, Colt Creek made for an easy decision. The park is located between Dade City and Lakeland, FL, about 40 minutes from my house.

My go-to antenna for activations is the Chameleon Hybrid Mini with a 213″ whip on a mag mount on top of my car. When I operate portable I typically use the Chameleon CHA Spike with the 213″ whip. Today I used a Wolf River Coil tripod instead of the CHA Spike. I replaced the 213″ whip and used the 113″ Mil whip 2.0 and the 105.5″ Mil whip 2.0 extension. I put out five 33′ radials. The radials terminated into ring connectors which I put on the 3/8-24 male thread on the ground side of the Hybrid Mini. I was able to tune 15-60 meters without shortening the whip. 6-10 is possible by using the 105.5″ Mil whip 2.0 by itself. While the Mil whip and the Mil whip extension provide a good radiating element to complement the Hybrid Mini, I prefer the 213″ telescoping whip. You can raise or lower the length of the whip easily. The whip can be made resonant on 6-20 meters without the need of the Hybrid Mini. The Hybrid Mini is necessary for 30-60 meters.

K4NYM Portable Set-Up at K1848 Colt Creek State Park

Band conditions were marginal on 15, 17, and 20 meters and poor on 30 and 40 meters. Still, I managed 113 contacts on SSB and CW. DX was light today with a total of 6 contacts in Italy, Belgium, and Panama. I had one lengthy SSB contact on 15 meters into the Canadian province of Labrador.

I plan on raising the height of the Hybrid Mini on my next activation by using a Wolf River Coil extension rod. This means higher elevated radials. I will also be going back to the 213″ telescoping whip.

Merry Christmas to all!

de K4NYM

Published by Bill Brown

Reformed and reforming Baptist. Husband and father. Salesman by trade. Amateur radio operator Mets, Giants, Nets, Devils and Rutgers fan.

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