On August 26, there will be skydivers trying to make QSOs. Operations will be on:
14.250 HF (SSB?)
APRS + Live videos
see: <http://parachutemobile.org> for full details.
73 Bill AE6JV
I’d *love* to pick up this stuff for the low asking price of $150, but I can’t do it right now. So I figured I’d forward this to the rest of you, in case you want to pick up two rigs and a power supply for $150.
I checked with him — that is indeed the price for both.
Microwave Update 2017 will be held on October 26-29, 2017 in sunny Santa Clara, California. The MUD conference is dedicated to microwave equipment design, construction, and operation. It is focused on, but not limited to, amateur radio on the microwave bands. The 50 MHz and Up Group of Northern California is pleased to host this year’s event.
For more information, please check out the MUD 2017 webpage at www.microwaveupdate.org .
Please forward this announcement to any other mail lists and clubs that you may belong to.
While in the middle of FD, I know there was much talk about “dead bands” and such, but it seems that was all talk. I will be submitting our score shortly, and the ARRL may have some QSO matching to do, but according to N1MM+ and a pile of XLS time, our final score was 19,250. This would be a second place score in the 2016 event, and time will tell if we achieved our goal of a 13A record. In any case, here are the highlights:
80m SSB / CW / Digi: 120 / 174 / 13 QSOs
40m SSB / CW / Dig: 173 / 444 / 83
20m SSB / CW / Dig: 119 / 420 / 90
15m SSB / CW / Dig: 70 / 126 / 2
10m SSB / CW / Dig: 2 / 0 / 0
VHF SSB+FM / CW / Digi: 134 / 4 / 0
…for a total QSO count of 1971 (after several dups were removed). I then tallied up 1 pt per SSB/FM contact and 2 pts/QSO for CW and Digi to get a base QSO score of 16,650 (which includes the GOTA QSOs). Adding in 2600 bonus points (emergency power, public location, satellite, etc) got us up to our 19,250 grand total score. I will crunch up some charts showing QSO rates and qtys by hour, but this is what they will all add up to.
I must thank each and every one of you for the dedication and effort you each put forth through this event. It never ceases to amaze me how much A Game each of you brings. Tower trailers, networks, radios, tents, antennas galore, intense operating skills, and all the glue in between. Quite a lot happens to make this one day event successful. Little things like falling masts, dead batteries, and no sleep just don’t slow any of you down.
Major kudos to Bobby Barnett and Bill Fehring for organizing and running WVARA’s Field Day event on Mora Hill this weekend. You guys did a really great job!
Likewise, many thanks to Kevin Smith for running/coaching the great GOTA station, and to Svend Jensen for getting all the big towers / antennas successfully installed. And a special thanks to Greg DesBrisay for stepping into my shoes to test/deploy/maintain the three stations in CW station.
Y’all done did good! Jim Peterson