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
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.
On hand were Ken-KA2LIM, Al-W9KXI, Rob-KB2YCC, Warren-WB2ONA, Gregg-NX2W and Larry-WA3CSP.
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,
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Randy KB0NAV DM79 was found in my RX log yesterday. The 1432 mile meteor scatter signal might be a predictor of what might come with the upcoming Perseids meteor shower…
Finally got in the air this morning! Worked W1COT W1VD N1SZO N2DXT WA1RKS WZ1V and K1PXE. Operating at top of the world resort in Lake George FN33DK.