I recently decided that with the amount of camping I’d like to do, I couldn’t handle sleeping in the back of my Suburban. As much as I like the rig, getting in and out is difficult at best, and there’s no room to sit up, let alone stand up. So, I bought The Tent To End All Tents: The Gazelle T4. It’s 11 feet diagonally, and at 6’1″ I can stand up in it. It’s incredible! It also goes up and down quite easily. Here’s a picture of my camp:
The tent was great overall, and I’m very glad that I bit the bullet and purchased it. It was expensive, but worth it.
Since the temperatures were in the high 20’s’ at night, I also picked up a Mr. Buddy Heater which was also everything I thought it would be. As long as I kept it fed with propane, it kept me nice and warm even on its Low setting. An excellent purchase!
On this trip I also decided to take my QRP L-Match Tuner, my QCX Mini 20, and enough things to make them work. I got some wire into a tree, and then went to hook up my antenna analyzer so I could tune it. Oh no! I didn’t bring the right cable. Okay, no problem. I’ll just tune it by ear. So I hooked up the QCX Mini and grabbed the power pack I’d made, and then realized my mistake:
I’d brought the power pack (8xAA cells in a battery holder with 9v style connections) but left the power cord (the 9v style to the barrel connector used on the QCX Mini) at home. Talk about all dressed up and nowhere to go!
So I just enjoyed the rest of my time without the radio. I was just going to listen, as my CW skills aren’t good enough to try a QSO yet. In another post I’ll explain why I had to come home early for this camping trip. It involves a cat, and it’s probably not what you think!
Thanks for reading and 73 🙂