VA3ELE FN03==K1RZ FM19 10GHz rain scatter

Worked K1RZ FM19JH about an hour ago via Rain Scatter. Heavy QSB, but, I think that’s just from the wind moving the dish around a bit on the tripod. Dave peaked 57 on CW then after peaked 54 on SSB. Then the phone battery died. Fun via Rain Scatter.

73 de Peter
VA3ELE FN03DM

 

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K2LIM end of an era

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2018

the last year

September VHF Contest 2018

The final hoo-rah

 

September 8, 2018 saw the last get-together of the K2LIM group for our last VHF contest.

September 2018 Video

On hand were Ken-KA2LIM, Al-W9KXI, Rob-KB2YCC, Warren-WB2ONA, Gregg-NX2W and Larry-WA3CSP.

Operators

Contesting

The high-light of the weekend was when, “Big Dave”-N2LID, one of our original crew, showed up on Saturday for a group photo for the last get-together. Dave has been having health issues for the past two years and has been unable to participate in the contests.

The second highlight was having a local ham, new to VHF/UHF, Neil-N2NRL stop by on Sunday afternoon to observe contesting operation at a multi-station. We got him to do some operating at the 6M position and in his own words: “you got the new guy hooked”.

As always, the food and refreshments were great and enjoyed by all.

The weather was cool and the bands were flat and activity was way down compared to past years but we stuck with it and as always, had FUN and taking time to chat with many of you that wanted to thank us for providing FN12mg for all these years.

 Sunday evening saw a real slow down in contacts. It got to be 10 minutes to nine and we had added only 1 contact to the log in the past one hour and ten minutes. Rob had to leave for home as he had to be at work at 0400 Monday morning. We looked at one another and said: time to pull the plug and go home. We shut the station down for the last time, cleaned up and were home by 9:30 pm.

I want to thank all of you who have worked the K2LIM station over the last 8 years. As I have said before, we have meet many new folks, achieved goals that were never thought about or even on our “radar screen”, received awards not sought and always experimented with and added new antennas to our arsenal so we could work the “weak one”.

“73” from the K2LIM team,

Ken

KA2LIM

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N1DPM Fred, 10 GHz

Hey Stan,
I know this isn’t 2 meters, but….Just finished up the second weekend in the 10GHz contest.  This weekend was spent on Cape Cod on Saturday and Sunday morning in FN42wb in Truro, MA.  Sunday afternoon was in FN41vr in Dennis, MA.  The 3 stations on the cape were John, K1OR, John, AA1I, and myself….It gets confusing when I say, “Hey John”.  Anyway, Sunday morning I got a phone call from the K1RZ W2RMA team in FN00rg wanting to try a shot.  We got lined up and K1RZ put dashes on and, there he was!  15 minutes and 6 QSO’s later all stations had worked on CW pretty easily.  Signals were anywhere from just above the noise to a couple of peaks at S9!  The path as shown in the picture is 734km (456 miles).  I think that’s good for 6 woofs if I’m not mistaken.  This is the best DX that any of the 5 of us have ever worked on this band!  What a blast!
73
Fred
N1DPM

K1TEO Jeff, FN31 Tower back up!

Stan,

On Friday, almost 4 months to the day that I lost my 89 foot US Tower to a freak storm, I have a new one back up! Tnx to Steve Simons, W1SMS, we were able to unload the tower and move it the old base and mount it. Tough sledding for an 1800 pound monster but with Steve’s know how and a lot of mechanical help it worked out well. No antennas up yet but hopefully shortly so we can get back “in business”. Looking forward to being back on 2M and some of the other bands. 

Some comments on the “action” below.

Jeff K1TEO

Tower on the delivery truck with some rollers we put underneath. Ready to move it off the truck and onto Steve’s trailer. 

Tower now moved off of the truck and onto the trailer. Those pvc tubes sure help move some very heavy weight along with the winch on the back of Steve’s trailer to lift the tower and take the weight off. 

Steve enjoying the satisfaction of a successful part 1 of the effort – off the truck!

The tower now in the driveway and ready to be moved into position to pin it to the base. 

It’s up!

And finally raised the tower to near full height  – nice sight after looking pretty bare the last 4 months. Will look even better with antennas, hi!

Jeff, K1TEO Block Island visit

Stan,

Just got back from a few days on Block Island. Dave, K1RZ, Dale, AF1T and Mickey, W1MKY (as well as Dave’s XYL Ruth) were on Block Island as well so we had a chance for an eyeball QSO which was very nice. They are staying in a house on the highest point on the Island with a fantastic view in all directions.

Attached is a picture I took when I stopped by for a few minutes to see the location. Dale and Dave were setting up their 10 GHZ dishes ahead of this weekend’s 10 Ghz and up contest. It’s a great location, as I knew from working Dale and Mickey in past years (and W1GHZ and W1AIM who go there for the 2nd weekend in Sept). I thought the 205 group might like to see the picture I took of Dave on the left and Dale on the right from the “top of the island”. The shot to the left of Dave is basically toward NJ/PA. Dale’s dish on the right was pointed toward a beacon in CT. Regardless of where they point they are very high and  in the clear looking out on a lot of ocean. Great spot for any kind of operating but especially for 10 ghz. If you have the band get on and work these 2 this weekend!

Jeff K1TEO

 

K1TEO, Jeff FN31 5 down 5 to go!

While my 72 foot crank up survived the May storm that took down my 89 foot tower, most of the antennas on the tower were either destroyed or severely damaged. I’ve had to look at the broken and in some cases dangling antennas for the last 2.5 months. Yesterday and today I worked to remove the mess and then put up new antennas. This tower had a large 6M antenna on it that was destroyed but since I redid the 3rd tower in the backyard a couple of weeks ago with 6 meters, I decided to put 222 on this tower. 222 had been on the bigger tower but I decided to lighten the load on that tower to avoid future problems. I used to have 2 X 23 el M2 on 222 several years ago. I went to a single one about 10 years ago and fortunately I had the second one in the basement when the other was lost in May. So that is the long antenna in the picture you see.
Above that is 4 X 76 el on 2304. 2 of the antennas were completely destroyed and the other 2  lost the front sections. I’ve haven’t actually found those sections – I assume they blew off into the woods and I will probably find them when the foliage dies off this fall, hi! Terry at Directive Systems did a great job getting me the new front sections as well as 2 brand new 2304 loopers to put the array back together.
Next up the mast is 4 X 76 el on 3456. Somehow these antennas actually survived intact. All the other antennas were broken in the front part so I guess the 3456 antennas were short enough to miss the other tower when it fell. On the top are a pair of 47 element 903 loopers. One survived and the other broke off in the middle and was dangling by the support boom since May. Terry was able to get me the 2 front sections of the looper so I could get it going again.
Hopefully if all goes well I will get back on 144,432, 1296 and 5/10ghz sometime this fall or if not next spring. 5 bands down and 5 to go! If any of the 205 group will be on this weekend for the 222 and up contest I should be on some of the time on 222,903, 2.3 and 3.4 to give out some points. Pass along my best to the group.
73,
Jeff K1TEO

KA1ZE/3 limited activity N5LJC GRID 150

My antenna stuck at 250 degrees is in a great direction for working meteor scatter.  7-29-2018 I picked up NON-EME GRID 150 for 2018. Billy N5LJC EM51 was really rocking. He worked several stations including Jay, W1VD FN31.

WB4JWM EM83 was GRID 149

KG5CCI EM34 was GRID 148

KD7YZ EM88 was GRID 147

AC0RA/R EN50 was GRID 146

KO0Z EM59 was GRID 145