QRP By The Bay for November 2017 brought together many familiar and a few new faces and callsigns on an unseasonably hot 32 degree Celsius day. When Peter VK3YE wrapped himself up with radios and aerial parts including an ankle clasp that looked straight out of a Monty Python costume department a small crowd followed him over the dunes and down into the shallows. It was the best place to be on a hot afternoon, toes in the clear and cooling waters of Port Philip Bay. Or should I say, VK3YE’s State-sized ground plane. The now sub surface mannacle paid off for its wearer. Forty and 10m contacts rolled in while a few of us chatted at the edge.