Success! That’s the word I’m using to describe my latest battle up a summit. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t without some failure, but I’m willing to give this trip a grade of B. Luckily I had some help…
When: 2017-07-15 from 14:00Z …
Missed all the VHF+ contest this year but I'm hoping to get my antennas back …read more
On Saturday, 16 July 2016, Dave KB3RAN, Steve N3IPN, and I hiked up Apple Orchard Mountain (SOTA W4V/RA-001) to activate it for the Appalachian Trail Golden Packet event. While we were there we took advantage of the altitude and activated the summit for Summits on the Air (SOTA), National …read more
During the weekend of July 16th I plan on being atop Apple Orchard Mountain, in Virginia, operating in the AT Golden Packet event as well as doing some VHF+ work while I'm there. I'll be accompanied by Dave, KB3RAN, and Steve, N3IPN, who are planning to operate QRP HF voice …read more
This morning around 9AM I got mixed up with a crowd on 144 MHz. Since I'm the new guy I ended up with a pileup on my hands! I picked up KA3QWO, KG4KWW, K1PXE, WB2SIH, K3GNC, WV2H, N2FKF, W1AN, and WB2QEG in very quick succession. We then ventured up to …read more
Tonight I worked several station with two in particular being W1AN and WZ1V. Both of those stations I worked on three bands: 144, 432, and 1296 MHz. W1AN is a little further away than WZ1V but both are fairly close to each other in Connecticut with WZ1V being a bit …read more
Earlier today, Dave W3PQS and I installed my UHF repeater up at the CARA site in Sunderland. The repeater is on the air on the TMARC shared, non-protected pair which makes the system quite portable.
In …read more
The weather was nice enough for me to get some of my antenna maintenance done that I couldn't do during the cold winter months. First on the list was to completely remove the 23cm (1.2GHz) antenna from the top of the tower. While I've had good luck working stations …read more
Top antenna is 23cm (1278MHz) and the lower one …read more
Well, things took a slight turn for the worst last night. After receiving the UT-10 and the coax, N-connectors, and rotator control wire I realized that the pole I have stuck up in the air isn't wide enough to support the rotator. Apparently the pole is 1" in diameter and …read more
I haven't posted anything lately but that doesn't mean that nothing has been happening.
First, a couple of weeks ago I found a Kenwood UT-10 1.2GHz module for my TS-790A. I've been looking for one of these for going on two years. Finally my eBay alert came through and …read more
Opened the mailbox this afternoon and found my QSL from Victor Cuesta YV4DYJ of whom I worked on AO-51 back in September. Very cool. Glad I was able to make this contact using 5 watts and my hand-held station in my front yard.read more