Re: Sierra is field tested


From: Robert Gobrick (
Date: Tue Oct 11 1994 - 21:47:03 EDT

Hi Bil,

Thanks for your comments on the bicycle trials using the Sierra. Just
curious about your setup. Can you tell us a little more about your solar
charager on the bike (type and any controller for battery charging), the
type of antenna you used at campsites? And any additional info like
keyer etc?

Also curious about your operating - I imagine you set up at the end of
the day after dinner - I've biked San Francisco to LA back when I was in
shape (that reminds me that I need to get in shape again...) but was not
into bike mobile operating at the time.

Thanks for your time .. 72 Bob VO1DRB/WA6ERB

On Tue, 11 Oct 1994 wrote:

> Congrats on some of you getting your Sierra rigs on the air. I have one on
> order too but had the chance to field test a prototype on a week-long
> mountainous -area bicycle tour the end of August. First of all, when trying
> it out at home before the trip my first contact was Mexico City on 20 with a
> 5-5 report!
> On the trip I was solar-powered (ie, charge a lead-acid while riding during
> the day). Had a total of 8 contacts for about 5 hours of operating time
> between 5 pm and 8 pm usually, and usually on 40m. From the CA-OR border I
> reached out to Canada, WA, OR, CA and Hawaii.
> I liked it ... next time I could probably make due with a 1.5 AH battery
> instead of the 3.5 AH I had along, and conserve even more weight.
> This was along the Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail -- there were 4 hams among the
> ten participants and I lead this tour every summer.
> -- Bil Paul KD6JUI San Mateo, CA

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