ARCI Homebrew in Duckland

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From: Russ Carpenter (russ@natworld.com)
Date: Mon Jul 14 1997 - 12:08:24 EDT


The ARCI home brew contest in Oregon got off to a quiet start, but got
pretty lively by mid afternoon. It was a thrill to hear so many homebrew
signals on the air. Our hobby is clearly moving in positive directions,
thanks to the generosity and creativity of its practitioners.

When I turned on my Sierra at 1:00 PDT, I thought the receiver had
croaked. No signals at all on 40 meters, and just a few whispery little
things on 20. Turned out it was just the usual mid-day absorption levels
at work. Several hours later, 20 had picked up, and by the end of the
contest a few 40 meter signals were making their way through. The secret
to life during summer afternoons on the West Coast will be 15 meters,
when it finally regains its vigor. I ended up with 63 Qs and and 34 SPCs.

The antennas here are a strange mixture of great and awful. On paper,
they sound fine. Stacked tribanders at 80 and 50 feet and a bisquare for
40 meters, at 90 feet. It's the environment that's grim. We're surrounded
by steep canyon walls, 2,000 feet tall. And the antennas are all mounted
in trees, which are themselves in a dense forest of Douglas firs.
Overall, they seem to work--but it's more fun to be on a mountain top.

My commendations to Cam Hartford and the ARCI.

Russ Carpenter, AA7QU
McKenzie River, Oregon


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