Posts Tagged ‘W1AW’

Just worked W1AW on 40m

June 19, 2012

Its cooler today and I am having a blast in the shack… 

I just worked W1AW on 7.266 with NR4CB at the controls…

 Just for @AA7EE: @NR4CB trying her hand at DSB at W1AW  on Twitpic

She will be visiting the VE3ORF/3730 group  next Wednesday (June 27th) when we set up a station at Iroquois Island in the St Lawrence River…  Ragchew and BBQ…  Going to be a great time…

You can follow Connie through her blog or her Twitter account

73bob

Its been way too long…

December 31, 2010

Today I remembered that I spend too much time working for my hobby rather than working on my hobby…

FT817 and QRP Tuner in insulated bag for winter operations

Today I managed to take my Ft817 out for some fresh air.  Last time I got outside with a radio that was not my dual band handheld was late November which was just before I took on the “Social Media Gig”  with RAC….

Well 30 days, 150 RACTWEETS  and 19 RAC Blog postings (not to mention my 27 postings here) later I finallly get back outside which means that today…  We get to talk about playing Radio in the great outdoors (for a change)…

On the spur of the moment aided by the fact that one of my 7ah sla batteries had almost a full charge I decided to head out…   I took my FT817 along with the PAR Endz Fed 10-20-40m QRP end fed antenna.  You might remember me talking about this Gem back when Erika (my daughter) bought it for me for my Birthday.  I did manage to get it outside once to test it out but had not really had the time to use it since…

Today I made the time…

With it being a beautiful Sunny Day and the daytime Temps sitting just at 0 deg C or 32 deg F it was a perfect day to head over to the ball diamond at Hutton Park and set up.  The City has removed the picnic table but the bench in the dugout is great and I use the backstop as a support for one end of the antenna and a cooperating tree for the other

The nice thing about this park in the Wintertime is that there is no outdoor rink and so its easier to set up radio gear there without worrying about kids getting skate blades tangled up in coax…

The drawback about this park is that as there is no rink there is no rink shelter which means no washrooms or heated area to thaw out fingers, toes and radios…

Anyway after taking a few minutes to listen I landed on the HF Pack Frequency for 20m (14342.5)   Suprisingly I heard no one and was having my doubts about the band condiditons which sounded ok before I left (checked from home) for the park or my antenna system as it really had never been tested…

Asking the question “Is this frequency in use?” got a reply that its wide open and go for it….

I quickly thanked the station for letting me go ahead and also gave my callsign.  I then asked for a quick report…  The station at the other end was Dennis KB0SFP who lives in Missouri.  Dennis was using an old Military Radio 20W output and a 7 foot whip…

I got the above photo from Dennis’s QRZ Site.  Not sure if its the radio he used for today’s contact…

He was pretty good copy in Ottawa and according to the QRZ.com website the distance between us was about 1035 miles which ain’t too shabby for my 5w and his 20w concidering the antennas we both were using…  I was happy…

The band shifted a bit after that and I gave up with 20m.  I had a decent SWR on 17m as well so I thought I would give that a try…  Heard lots but I could not break the pile ups…

After that I dropped down to 40m and listened as W1AW was operating calling CQ with some new operators who were visiting from North Eastern PA.  If you thought the pile ups were rough on 17m you should of listened on 40m…  Anyway I tried breaking the pile up for almost 30 minutes before I gave up… No luck…  The sun was also starting to drop down and as the sun drops so does the tempeture…

At this point I decided to pack the gear up and drop the antenna and head home…  So anyway no rare DX but an hour or so away from the keyboard which made it enjoyable…  Thanks to Dennis for the contact which made it all worth while…

73bob

VA3QV 2009 Field Day Report

June 28, 2009

Well folks it was a hoot….

I operated as 1D (running at home off home power) with 100 w output

Antennas were a 2m loop, a 6m dipole, my inverted L for 10-160m and my Cushcraft Vertical for 10-80.

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Picture shows loading coil for vertical-  Its in the 20m position

I would show you a picture of the inverted L but its hard to take a photo of a blue wire in a tree with a blue sky as a background…  Sorry!!!

yaesu

For this event I used my FT 847 and my LDG Z100 Autotuner and my regular marine battery charged off a 12v charger powered by grid power.

ft847

Z100F

So you see the toys that were used…. Nows here how they did…

I made 76 contacts (yes only) in 41 ARRL Sections…  This is down from last year when I made 109 contacts in 52 sections.  This year I was blanked on 10m and only made 3 contacts on 6m.  Last year I made 34 contacts on 6m so theres a good part of the score right there.  This year 6 was not open for me at least.  In addition it seems the VHF users are not bothering to drop in for a visit when the bands are not open.  Very little VHF Activity with only one “Big Gun” station answering my call.

In the past I have made comments about how these contests are important to get people interested in the VHF Bands and above but it seems no one listens or at least cares.  Perhaps its time to sell the beams and just work on HF….  I guess I will make a decision after the Canada Day Contest…

However this time I did handle traffic.  I guess I had to being the Net Manager of the Ontario Phone Net but there were so far 11 messages that have been routed through my station so far so its safe to say that my participation has helped generate over 600 points for other clubs in this years field day.  And the field day messages will most likely continue in the system for a few more days yet so that would change…

Goals met…  Like I mentioned yesterday the goals were simple….  Have Fun and I did have fun…  and contact stations I would not normally contact and boy did I ever…

Like I mentioned earlier I managed a contact with Alaska and today I was able to add Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and W1AW all on 20m.

I also worked W1AW twice on 40m.  The first time my batteries died so I re loaded and called back again this time as VA3RCS just for the video.

I don’t think the extra contact will do much for their score…  Every time I heard them they were in a pileup…

I also wanted to contact at least 1/2 of the fifty states and all the Canadian Provinces/Territories by the end of the Canada Day Contest and I believe I have made a good start on that…

What I learned…  After last years field day I commented that everyone should try a solo effort and that stands true.  Just like they say

“Don’t try this at home…”

Its just not the same…  Its too easy to get distracted at home where in the Field you can just play radio, eat and nap….

Although the scores were low working Alaska made up for it…  Lets see how things go after the RAC Canada Day Contest…

ottawa

73bob


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