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|Logged Time for SSB SS Contacts||Jun 22nd 2012, 23:29||3||613||on 26/6/12|
|Overseas Membership Fees, no longer such a bargain.||G0KZZ||on 28/7/12|
|A bit 'tongue in cheek' But many years ago I paid for life membership at Dayton which is very easy for the ARRL. At the same time I paid the same for the RSGB. Which was very difficult. One of the best things I did. The only annoying thing was that I did not realise (Its not published by RSGB or ARRL ) is that the the fees are tax deductable in the United Kingdom.
However the inability to download QST to a phone due to its new digital format is a real pain. I use the pdf versions up to 2012 all the time now. Please don't use a proprietry DRM. Logging into your website and downloading QST is easy and can be used on most devices.
Is there a lifetime subscription to QEX?
Maybe send out the anual CD with the Christmas edition of QST. there's one in each handbook and many other books
All the very best
|Clandestine Ant. in Park Model||KD8NJY||on 5/7/12|
Lay some perminent cables from your Park Home to a disguised post, Mail box, bird table etc. Where you park your truck. Then use patch leads to the equipment. If the HF set has a remote head you could just transfer this to your Park Home.
The other idea is to remotely control the hf equipement using a low power 2m or 70cms hand held.
Finally you may be able to try a magnetic loop antenna or a DDRR antenna as part of the roof of your Park Home. The ARRL website has plenty of articles. Try " A 40m DDRR Loop by W6WYQ"
73's GW0NVN N1XIH
|What is the secret to logging zones/sections close to your QTH?||Macromancer||on 5/7/12|
|Just found my Sweepstakes information pack I made up for the 2010 Contest. Other than the the rules, it contains some antenna construction articles. Which I hoped to try out.
There was also an article from the ARRL website entitled:-
The Doctor is In: Antennas for Domestic Contests by K1SFA
73's GW0NVN N1XIH
|Longwire Antenna||WB8ZTP||on 4/7/12|
|I glad all went well. It's a very nice place to visit. I've worked portable there, when parked up on Route 12 which runs up Cape Hatteris National Seashore.
Because of the location surrounded by the sea you may find that a vertical antenna will also work very well. I used an MFJ 12ft telescopic whip ( the biggest I could get at the time) mounted on the vehicle trunk, a small matching coil across the feedpoint and a counterpoise wire when I operated there. A vertical dipole would have been better. But I had no supports. Something to think about as a backup if you can't get the long wire up.
The ARRL website and books have much information on antennas for use on the sea shore.
73's GW0NVN N1XIH
|What is the secret to logging zones/sections close to your QTH?||Macromancer||on 30/6/12|
|As has been mentioned the use of low dipoles for 40m/80m will help. By low I mean about 20ft. This results in most of the transmitted and received signal radiation is at high elevations. In effect the signals go straight up into the ionisphere and are reflected straight down. (NVIS). This can result in good signals for about 200 miles. In many cases more.
At home I worked a station on 80m who was using an 80m dipole 3ft off the ground. I was using an 80m 1/4 wave length of wire horizontal at 10ft. We were 25 miles apart but there were three mountains in the way. On 2m we had to use 25W and a repeater station. But with 5W on 80m we had Q5 contacts.
One year for SS I found a 40m inverted V at about 25ft fed with ladder line worked a treat on both 40m and 80m. Plus all the other bands.
It is not just low dipoles, You need to study the rf propagation for the contest, where the population is and what time it is in their zone.( Are they sleeping when you want to work them) There are some very good resourses on the ARRL Website. Also this presentation from Dayton helps. http://www.kkn.net/dayton2006/N6BV-Dayton-2006.pdf.
It's a fun contest. You can learn much about hf radio by doing it.