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ARRL Yearlong International Grid Chase

Feb 13th 2018, 13:17

AI6OZ

Joined: Nov 7th 2003, 10:54
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For those working the ARRL yearlong international grid chase, starting Thursday (02/15/2018) I plan on being at grid DM24 (southeast Mojave Desert National Preserve) for most of the day. Depending upon Los Angeles traffic and finding a spot to operate from I hope to be on the air by 9:30am (1730 utc), 20-meter band, frequency TBD. By 4:30pm (0000 utc) or so I’ll have to close down operation so I can move to Hole-in-the-Wall campground.

Friday (02/16/2018) I plan to operate from Hole-in-the-Wall campground, southeast Mojave Desert National Preserve, grid DM25, 20-meters during the day and 40-meters later in the afternoon, frequency TBD. By early evening I’ll have to close down operations so I can move to Owl Canyon Campground, DM14, early Saturday morning.

Saturday (02/17/2018) hopefully there will be an open camp site at Owl Canyon, DM14, large enough for me to setup. As long as Starbucks in Barstow, Ca isn’t too busy I hope to be on the air by 09:30am (1730 utc), 20-meters during the day and 40-meters later in the afternoon, frequency TBD. By early evening or so I’ll have to close down operations so I can stage my equipment for my trip home very early Sunday morning. Thanks to traffic coming out of Las Vegas Sunday morning traffic thru Bartow and Victorville can be nauseating.

Thursday and Friday’s nearest town/out post is Fenner along I-40 and the weather is expected to range from 69-71 degrees during the day to 52 degrees at night; Saturday is near Barstow and weather is expected to range from 70-45 degrees with no rain at either location. It’s also President’s Day weekend so I might have some company.

Before June 2018 when Mojave Desert starts to warm-up a bit, I plan to visit Joshua Tree National Park (DM13, DM14 and DM23), and Death Valley National Park (DM16). Because of the travel distance and time to find a setup location most of these will be a one-day trip.

All my radio trips are strictly QRP, SSB, using FT-817, Elecraft T1 Automatic Antenna Tuner, HEARC End Fed 6-40 meter multiband HF Antenna, MFJ-1910 33 Ft. Telescoping Fiberglass Mast. All powered by Bioenno Power 120 Power Pack and 28 watt solar panel, each time out I’ve never worried about power.

Please pass along any suggestions or request for other locations, and see my QRZ page about QSL cards

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