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

Bart, WIIT, Joe, WMQY, Tom, N2UHC, and I operated at Brutus on Saturday June 12, 2010. Dave, WCH, and Paul, NNBD and his son Leslie and grandson dropped by for a visit too. Joe had obtained permission for us to set up near the visitor center. The weather was really hot, but the bands weren't. At one point the thermometer reached `100 degrees. However the Kansas wind blew all day and we werent uncomfortable, until we saw the thermomoter, hi. We had a great time playing radio, as usual. . AND Joes XYL Wanda treated us to a terrrific Kansas picnic dinner. It couldnt be called a lunch 'cause it was monstrous. THANK YOU WANDA! Scroll down for pictures and captions, hang on, it will take a few seconds for them to load.

Obligatory Shot of Big Brutus

The top of the cab is 80 high!


Joe at work.

Notice that he's in the shade.


Bart with his MiniPaddle, K1.

and his homebrew Spud Gun.


Tom at the mic and in the shade.

Comfortable QRP at it's best.


Your's truly on the Mini Paddle

and the venerable and capable ATS3.


Spud Gun Shootoff

Spuds Away!


A lull in the action

Hamming it up in the shade.

Joe's SGA Antenna Looking South

and from the other end.


Tom's Fine Fan Dipole

Far end of my 130 foot long wire


Contemplating Barts Vertical

Three Hams in a Gazebo


Joe's IC-703

Bart's K1


My ATS3 and Joe's Tuner

Tom's Homebrew Tribander

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and will join us for next year's Brutus Bash in West Mineral, KS.

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