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2013 Field Day

I shouldn’t be sittin here messin with computer stuff ..!..
It is about to be Field Day 2013 http://arrl.org/field-day

Listen for us on WA4NZD, from NASA’s MSFC in Huntsville, AL.

Contest Award

Can’t argue with success, at least that’s what I’ve always heard. I found an unexpected envelope from the ARRL in the mailbox yesterday. It is time to renew, but they generally send those reminders with bulk mail – this was a First Class envelope – Do Not Bend ! Come to find out it is a Contest Award : Single Op Low Power, Alabama Section, 2009 ARRL June VHF QSO Party = Winner ! 222 MHz… Must have been Continue reading

Seen any Red Balloons ?

This is not an alien invasion, but it could be……

darpa balloons

DARPA Network Challenge balloons are ready

In celebration of the Internet’s 40th anniversary, DARPA has initiated the DARPA NEtwork Challenge. All we gotta do is find these 10 red balloons – the catch is that they could be anywhere in the continental US. Our secret weapon is the internet and our ability to communicate and coordinate. One of our Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloon (ARHAB) groups has registered a team, and is actively soliciting your reports. Find out more details about the Balloonatics via Bill Brown’s website http://www.wb8elk.com. You can submit a report to the Balloonatics group by sending your report to redballoonchallenge@gmail.com … (of course you need to include Longitude and Latitude, and a photo if possible).
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September VHF contesting

We all know that the only radio contesting I ever participate in is the VHF contests… and even then it is only to see if I can beat my previous score. It certainly is not to impress my wife. With ‘in-attic‘ antennas I’m about the only one I can beat. I’m actually pretty pleased with these antennas tho, because I don’t have to twist a rotator back and forth, and I can work just about anyone that I can hear. Sometimes I hear things the other guys don’t, cause they are pointed off to the side or something. Often omni-directional antennas get a bad rap, but they do have their advantages. I had some preamps on there last year, but then I could hear folks that can’t hear me. I do rely on other folks that have big antennas on tall towers with serious power for my DX. Still tho I really enjoy having so many stations on for a good weekend of VHF. Again this contest, we had a local ARES Simplex Exercise Saturday afternoon, to bring out a few more operators, and introduce them to the world of VHF without repeaters. Pretty good participation !

I don’t have a lot of space in my shack, and share the desk with my computer stuff.

the Radio side of my desk

the Radio side of my desk

Several years back I built these desk-boxes to hold the radio gear, thinking they would be Continue reading