Diane Wainwood-KJ6JEJ visited ARRL headquarters and operated as W1AW. Diane said she made several contacts, mostly in the Carolinas and other states along the east coast. She also visited the Hiram Percy Museum and, of course, the gift shop.
October 9, 2019 – 70 cm (420 – 450 MHz) SPRINT Operation
Just 8 days after participating in the 135 cm (222 -225 MHz) SPRINT, Woody-WA6WDY, and I traveled again to the top of Stunt Rd. in the Santa Monica Mountains (DM04qb) to participate in the 70cm (420 – 450MHz) SPRINT. From our location more than 2000 feet above sea level, with an unrestricted RF horizon in many directions, 100 watts of SSB & FM, and an 18 element horizontally polarized Yagi, we made 20 contacts (QSOs) in Ventura, Los Angeles, & Orange Counties in 1.5 hours of operating. Interestingly, we worked 8 stations in both Ventura County and in Grid DM13 to the East/Southeast of Los Angeles. Thanks to CVARC/VCARS/ACS members who got on.
This past weekend was the 54th Annual California QSO Party. This was my second year participating. I operated for about 7 hours, over the two days, and I managed to make contacts in 26 California counties, 27 states, 3 Canadian provinces and two other foreign countries (France and Honduras). 79 contacts in all. I worked fellow CVARC member Bob Hughes-K6HHW and heard Norm Campbell-AB6ET as we both tried to work an Italian station. I also heard Pete Heins-N6ZE. Hopefully other CVARC members were in on the fun, especially those who recently upgraded to General.
Unlike my 2 meter Fall 2019 SPRINT operation on Thousand Oaks’ Tarantula Hill for last week’s event, Woody-WA6WDY, and I traveled to the top of Stunt Rd. in the Santa Monica mountains (DM04qb) to participate in the 135cm (222 – 225 MHz) SPRINT. From our location, more than 2000 feet above sea level and with an unrestricted RF horizon in many directions, 100 watts of SSB & FM, and a 7 element horizontally polarized Yagi, we made 13 contacts (QSOs) in Ventura, Los Angeles, & Orange Counties in just over one hour of operating.
Several stations which we contacted were more than 40 miles distant; one, WA6EJO, used just a handheld with whip antenna from Ventura.
It’s been repeated again and again by speakers at club meetings: the only bad antenna is no antenna!
For all of the griping and hand wringing by members about how the band conditions are bad, and they are waiting to get a “perfect antenna” to get on the air, it turns out that yes—you can do DX on a horrible, horrible antenna, even on low power (QRP). How do I know this?
How about the Dominican Republic on 6 watts and two hiking sticks (on upper sideband)?
On Monday evening, September 23, 2019, I conducted a minor “DX-Pedition” to the peak of Thousand Oaks’ Tarantula Hill (T-Hill) to participate in the Fall 2 Meter SPRINT operating event.
I decided to bring a 2 meter rig up the .8 km trail to the 1017 foot Summit of “T-Hill” for a number of reasons. As a passionate VHF/UHF-oriented ham for several decades, I encourage others to operate and submit contest entries to demonstrate the use of the very valuable bands & frequencies assigned to Amateur Radio Operators.
The next regular club meeting is Thursday, October 17, 2019 (always the third Thursday) at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks at 7:30 pm.
Talk-in coordination is on the Bozo repeater, 147.885 (- 127.3)
Topic/Guest Speaker – Flex Radio: Warren Wegerer-K6WKW will discuss the Flex Company history. He’ll talk about historic and current products including costs and comparisons as well as the “non-technical technical differences.” (How will he do that?) Learn about practical operation with a live demonstration. Remote operation will also be discussed.
Raffle Prizes: Bioenno Power 12V, 9AH Charger, CigBuddy 12V Lighter to Powerpole, DC Power Meter