Re: QRP AFIELD - W2AGN

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From: Brian (brian@iquest.net)
Date: Sun Sep 17 2000 - 12:27:07 EDT


John,

I had you here near Indy at about a honest 559 for about 20 mins but
was never able to get you to answer my CQ's!

Heheheh...I played in the test for about an hour...then the XYL had me
back in the salt mine.

72

I made about 15 total contacts.

"John L. Sielke" wrote:
>
> An "SOC" QRP AFIELD
>
> 9/16 - 1630Z - Arrive at dock with all my stuff. "Plenty of time, sez I.
> 1635 - Securely lash bottom of DK9SQ Mast to piling. Happy it's high tide,
> since top of piling easily accessible.
> 1640 - open top of mast. Can't seem to get ahold of top section to pull out.
> 1645 - Read Instructions
> 1650 - Attempt to push top section up from bottom. Unscrew bottom cap.
> 1655 - "Splash" Top section falls through into 15 feet of water. Curse a lot.
> Unlash mast.
>
> MORAL #1: READ Instructions FIRST!
>
> 1710 - Replace top section with one from SD20 Pole..it fits!. Follow
> Instructions and pull up top section before lashing to pole.
> 1720 - Lash mast to piling again.
> 1725-1745 - Assemble DK9SQ Loop, following instructions!
> 1745-1800 - Tune ZM1 up. Looks good First QSO, who else but N4BP!
> 1800 - 2130 - WOW! This antenna works! Working lots of stations..Who is that
> calling? F8CFO with a 599! then GW4ALG/QRP, DK1CQ,
> EA3ADV/QRP, DL9FI/QRP...OK, so I got sidetracked working DX, but this thing
> works as well as my KT34A back home!
> 2131 - Think I'll try 40. Oops, have to lower antenna to reach the disconnect
> to use on 40...and it is almost low tide...can't
> reach mast.
> 2135 - Get deck chair, balance on edge of dock, lower antenna and disconnect
> jumper..actually don't fall in!
>
> PROJECT: Build a little trap to take care of opening loop for 40M!
>
> 2140 - Tune up on 40. Noisy, but first QSO N0UR, then a couple of 599s from MI
> and NH. Seems to work here, too.
> 2145 - Dark clouds, and getting chilly. Move into covered area on boat.
> 2150 - RAIN! Accidentally touch twinlead connection on ZM1...OUCH!. Static
> Electricity!
> 2338 - Getting dark, forgot flashlight. Hang it up until AM.
> 9/17 - 1020Z - Antenna still up. COLD. Feels like FYBO out here! Large cup WaWa
> coffee helps. Start as /p
> 1020-1238- More QSOs, as far west as BC. Good reports still. Finish at 1238
> with just under 8 hours total.
> 1240 - Low tide again...can't take antenna down for another 5 hours!
> 1500 - Wonder how to count SPCs worked as /p. Check Rules again. SPCs don't
> count!
>
> MORAL #2: See MORAL #1
>
> Summary: W2AGN Operator John operating from aboard the "New Joycie" at the
> Penny Hill Marina, on the Maurice River in Dorcheste
> r, NJ.
> Rig K2 - 5w into DK9SQ Loop.
> TOTAL QSOs: 70
> Score: 70
>
> (Really looks small, with no multipliers. Wish I could multiply by my 39 SPCs
> (not double counting those as /p).
>
> ---
> _ _ _ _ _
> / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ John L. Sielke w2agn@pobox.com w2agn@qsl.net
> ( W | 2 | A | G | N ) NJ Grid:FM29LN http://www.qsl.net/w2agn
> \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/ NJ-QRP #57 QRP-L #884 QRP-ARCI ARQrp #86
> X-N4JS, W4MPC, W7JEF, K3HLU G-QRP #9544 NorCal CQC AKQRP QCWA FISTS #2781
> fpQRP #121 SOC #390 Elecraft K2 #00023

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       39.558 N   86.095 W   Johnson Co., Indiana
   GRID: EM69WN - Ten Tec Scout - Attic Dipole - 5w
  Member of the American Radio Relay League - SOC #400
  FISTS Century Club #764/#24 QRP - Flying PIG QRP #-57
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