Big Brutus Portable Ops

On July 13, 1985, Big Brutus was dedicated as "a Museum and Memorial Dedicated to the Rich Coal Mining History in Southeast Kansas. It is:
Bucyrus Erie model 1850B
Second largest electric shovel in the world
16 stories tall (160 feet)
Weight 11 million pounds
Boom 150 feet long
Dipper capacity 90 cu. yds (by heaping, 150 tons enough to fill three railroad cars.)
Maximum speed .22 MPH
Cost $6.5 million (in 1962)  Read More Here

Joe, WMQY, Bart, WIIT, and I operated at Brutus during the afternoon of 24 Aug 2008. Joe had obtained permission for us to set up near the visitor center. The weather was ideal, but the bands weren't. However we had such a nice afternoon playing radio that we've decided to make it an annual trek out onto the Kansas prairie, perhaps in conjunction with another QRP event, maybe Salmoncon or Lobstercon. Scroll down for lotsa pictures, hang on, it will take a few seconds for them to load.