Its been awhile since we posted an Article but that does not mean we have been inactive. We have continued work on the station and added another operator, Fabrice Collin K4KDX. Fabrice was a Ham in his home country of France and an active contester. We decided to use the Worked all Germany contest as a warm up for the CQ WW at the end of the month.
As with any outing there is always a few things to work out but the issues are becoming smaller each time which means we are getting the bugs worked out finally. We operated this event more as a casual event then a competition so everyone could become acquainted to the operating styles of each other in preparation for CQ WW.
We operated two stations for the event, one station operated the NY QSO party and the other worked WAG. As for antennas we used 2 wire antennas the first was a original Curt Fritzel dipole at about 40 ft it was primarily used for WAG and the second· was an inverted vee at about 60 ft at the peak and has been dubbed "The Big Sexy" (a long story) and was used for the NY QSO party although it performed very well when it was used for WAG. As for radios we used an Icom 746 and a Yaesu FT 1000 and logging was provided by N1MM.
Band conditions were fair for the event but the weather was great. Our goal was to have a good time and fellowship. It was nice to have the extra operator on hand so while two were operating the third could observe or work on other projects.Things proceeded well and we had our usual visitors at the location the property owner and the neighbor. This time the property owner threw us a curve, he suggested we put up a tower and even mentioned that he had three sections if we wanted it. Well needless to say this was great news and to have his support made this even better. While we plan to erect a tower and we have come up with some plans for some more antennas.
While the contest was great the fellowship was even better, during off times we fired up the grill which is now a must on all events. The most memorable event had to be when Fabrice was introduced to Boiled peanuts and Pork Skins. Watching the amazed look on one of our newest citizens face when we told him that you eat them was just priceless. In the photo on the right is Fabrice enjoying his Boiled Peanuts and Tony with a Pork Skin in hand. Its amazing how much fun these two simple things brought so much enjoyment to the evening.
During the contests we were able to test the various antennas to see which performed the best in certain directions and bands. We took notes and filed them away for future reference. We also worked on station grounding and looked at the layout of the station because we are always looking to improve our situation.
As dusk came upon us we· received some more visitors and these visitors were very unexpected. It seems that Coyotes are interested in contesting also. They kept their distance as did we and everybody enjoyed the evening. We built a nice fire and had some supper and hit the old grindstone again to see if we could muster a few more contacts and by this time 40 and 80 meters was starting to come alive. We added a few more points and decided to call it a night about 1:30 A.M.
On Sunday we lowered the antennas and packed things up for the ride home all the while thinking how nice it is going to be to have permanent antennas on location so we could just roll up and connect a few coax cables and be ready to operate. The station has everything already set up it just a matter of connecting power and antennas. The station is also used to support Hall County ARES and all adventures associated with Em-Comm work. Be sure to drop by the Hall County ARES site and see what else we are up to. The ARES group has made some waves in recent months having won the SET and being featured in CQ magazine on several occasions.
As always if you are in the area and want to join in the fun our station is open to any and all, you need not be a seasoned contester just willing to have a little fun.
73· Bob - N4YT