This was the 4th year we have gathered at Big Brutus for our annual portable outing. Brutus is located near
West Mineral KS, about 20 miles Southwest of Pittsburg, KS.
The area is rife with strip mine pits which have filled with water and are
prime fishing locations. In fact the existing Kansas record Largemouth Bass
came from such a pit in the same county. On July 13, 1985, Big Brutus, a
gigantic electric powered coal shovel, was dedicated as a museum and memorial
dedicated to the rich coal mining history in Southeast Kansas.
Read more about this fascinating giant of the plains at the
Big Brutus official web site
Being waay out in the Southeast Kansas
countryside, the location has a very low man made noise level. Several hundred
wide open acres surrounding the shovel, make for an outstanding radio
This was our most successful Brutus event to date with 96 total contacts, a link the log is below.
However we dont measure success by QSO count alone, the comraderie of like minded
individuals is the true measure.
This year's participants included Johnny Matlock ACØBQ, John Watkins
NØEVH and his wife Clover, Tom Sevart N2UHC, Arnie Grubbs KAØNCR,
Mike Nickolaus NFØN, Joe Porter WØMQY, Ron Potter AG1P, Larry
Burchett KCØM, Walter Dufrain K5EST and wife Joy NQ5R, Ray Cadmus
WØPFO, Jeremy Utley, KEØMD, and myself.
Rigs used were John's K3, my ATS4, Tom's FB homebrew tribander using
SW+ rigs, Johnny's Tribander, and Mike's K2.
The antennas ranged from dipoles to random wahrs and inverted L's. On his 27' vert/82 ft inverted L,
John, N0EVH ran up a nice total on 20M and 3 160M QSO's,in the daytime!!!
An article will appear in the Fall edition of QRP Quarterly, and I'll add a
link to it after the magazine hits the mailboxes.
Please check out the links below for more info and picturs of the 2012
Brutus event. It was indeed an outstanding /P outing, and we hope to see more of you out on the
plains of SE KS next year.