For the FOBB 2015, my Bumblebee site was on a small island in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway near Topsail Island, NC. It was fun to watch all kind of boats pass by throughout the afternoon.
I operated from a little boat, which provided shade and a comfortable seat, as well as transportation.
My rig was a K1, feeding a segmented half wave kite supported vertical for 40M and 20M.
The Padlette paddles were ty wrapped to the steering wheel
Fortunately, the winds were constant throughout the BB event, so I never had to deploy the backup fiberglass mast antenna support. My nine foot delta box kite lifted the antenna in less than 5 minutes, from the time I started assembling the kite to the time it was at full height (100 ft).
I spent the first hour on 40M, working 16 stations. The band was noisy, and most sigs were not very strong.
The kite vertical was definitely working, as the majority of stations were giving me substantially stronger signal reports than I was giving them.
I decided to check out condx on 20M, and as soon as I reconfigured the segmented vertical for 20M, I got a big smile on my face. Whoa, Mama! Loud bees were swarming all over the place!! I’m not sure what kind of antenna KZ2V (CA) BB#32 was running, but he answered my CQ while ending up being the only West Coast station I heard all day. Thanks, Nick! Most 20M stations also gave me considerably stronger signal reports than I gave them, echoing my previous experiences with kite supported half wave antennas flown over salt water.
It was also very interesting to receive a call from Bobby, AK4JA/M (GA). Bobby’s mobile QRP tx was a good RST 579.