I’ve just got back home after the days operating and the following words come to mind….
FUN, GREAT COMPANY. FANTASTIC, 6M OPENINGS….
The following words also came to mind….
WET, COLD, WINDY & BLACKFLIES….
Oh well….I STILL HAD A BLAST….
If you click here you will come to the usual Google Maps pic of the area….This time choose “Satellite” and then zoom in on the left hand side of the map. I was set up in the same parking lot as the two orange school buses but at the opposite end of the lot. A good shot to the south west and the west…
It was quite windy and the rain was a light mist. There was some fog when I set up…
Now for the good part…
VE3AAQ DAVE OTTAWA ONT FN25 6M SSB
VE3AAQ DAVE OTTAWA ONT FN 25 2M SSB
VE3AAQ DAVE OTTAWA ONT FN 25 70CM SSB
KB6AAB KIRBY WAYNESBORO MISS EM61 6M SSB
VE3EN KEVIN MORRISBURG ONT FN24 6M SSB
K5GZR RICH HOUSTIN TX EM20 6M SSB
VE1DX PAUL HALIFAX NS FN84 6M SSB
VA3RDC DARRELL BISHOPS MILLS ONT FN 24 6M SSB
VA3RDC DARRELL BISHOPS MILLS ONT FN 24 2M SSB
K5RV MORI FAIRVIEW TEXAS EM 13 6M SSB
VE3SC/M BOB OTTAWA ONT FN 25 6M SSB
By my count thats:
1 grid on 70cm
2 grids on 2m
6 grids on 6m
All of this on a Sunday morning between 0930 and 1200 EASTERN
Notable contact. Working VE3AAQ on all 3 bands. I was blocked to the South East by the mountain and Dave was right in the South East. I think his station was doing the work on that one…Also good to see the RAC President up and playing radio on a Sunday morning. Thanks for the contacts Dave…
Other things of note: The wind was so strong it blew my antenna down twice. My masting was designed for a soft surface like a gravel parking lot not a paved one…the force of the wind on the beams caused the bottom of the mast to skid across the pavement. Good thing my home brewed bracket kept the mast mostly vertical and stopped the fall. I just bought those two beams and I would of hated to bend or break the elements. Next addition will be some sort of holder I can drive on that uses the weight of the truck to keep the base stable…
DONT FORGET THE BUG SPRAY NEXT TIME (memo to self)
All in all it was a great time….The group will be out and playing radio quite a bit in the next few months so check their website often for updates and schedules….
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