One major change this year is that we will not have the solar power trailer that Robert Fry has so generously been letting us use. He has a new job in Boston and may be back next year and can let us use it then. Anyway, this year we will be on generator power.
At the May meeting the majority present voted to supply our own tables and chairs. This is a big change and will only work if those who voted for it come through with what they pledged to bring.
Our presentation for the meeting will be on how to build a portable hex beam antenna.
A couple of nights ago, I was in my garage ham shack just tuning around on 20 m. I had heard that Hamnation was doing a couple of special event stations to celebrate their 301st episode. I had the FT 950 fired up with 100 watts and worked Steve up in Washington state. Then I went up 5 in frequency to work Bob Heil who had a nice signal coming in. Well, I couldn’t break the pileup with 100 watts so …….I went QRP and fired up my MFJ 9420 travel radio (old school analog dial) with 12 watts and a well designed built in processor. When Bob heard “QRP” at the end of my call, he came back right away on my first try!
So friends, the lesson is QRP does work and makes your call stand out from the pileup. (The other way is to have a female voice.) By the way, propagation was not good that night and the noise level was S7. If anyone else has some good tales of working QSO’s email me and I will put it in this column.
See you at the meeting,