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Author Topic: ARRL 160-Meter Contest from here in North Dakota........Using CW!!!  (Read 4820 times)
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« on: November 27, 2010, 07:13:13 AM »

Hello all,

 I will be QRV from the top of a 3900' butte during the ARRL 160-Meter CW Contest the weekend of December 3rd. Hope to work many of you using the GREATEST mode of them all, CW!!! I'm presently constructing a 160 meter 4-Square here in ND which will be available for all amateurs to use free of charge. See my QRZ.com bio for more information.

 Have fun on CW.



Tom KCØW
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K3TN
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 03:44:09 AM »

I'll be looking for you - I need LoTW confirmation for ND on 160 for 160 WAS. I keep missing KD4POJ!

73, John K3TN
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010, 07:34:49 AM »

N0UD is my ND on 160 from Illinois confirmed via LoTW---I'm still missing RI and DE, of all things for that WAS, both worked...probably should just send paper cards. 

I need to get something up for 160 here in Maryland before the weekend...
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NO9E
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2010, 12:05:54 PM »

Hopefully there will not be 50mph gusts at -40F!
I will point my K9AY to ND.
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2010, 03:15:50 PM »

Good Luck Tom.
Chances are that I will not be on for this one.
To do any good, I would have to string out a bunch of wire
on both ends of the doublet and that isn't going to happen.
Beside the recent cold snap, I'm just not up to heading
outside to toss wire around.

I will probably stick to the TARA RTTY.
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WX7G
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 03:29:22 PM »

I'll be running 500 watts to a 12' vertical.
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KC0W
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010, 05:19:07 PM »

Thanks guys,


 Will be interesting to find out how the antenna system will play on top of the 3900' butte. I have 45+ mile views in all directions.............Will be fine tuning the 160 meter antennas Friday morning for their big "trial by fire" Friday night. There really should be no reason (sans propagation) why I should not have a great signal in the 'test.  Smiley

 Good luck & hope to work you from the always needed North Dakota!!!     



 Tom KCØW
 
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KC0W
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2010, 07:22:23 AM »

What a major disappointment.

 The 160 meter antenna on top of the butte is a 1/2 wave dipole suspended as a flat top between three broadcast towers at the 230' level. It took me 2 days working in 50+ MPH gusts, ice coated latter's & temperatures well below -0 F to get the antenna up. The contest started very well with East Coast stations being received at 20 over.................Until QSO #3.

 One leg of the dipole snapped and grounded out against one of the towers. SWR shot to infinity to one & the contest was over for me with the exception of another 12 Q's with SWR off the charts & the radio folding back to 10 watts.

 Am going to see what can be done this morning to fix the problem this morning but icing on the towers might make this a suicide mission.


 Setup:     


 Flat top 1/2 wave dipole at 230'
 K3
 Acom 2000 Amp
 Large portable industrial generator for the Acom 


 MURPHY LIVES!!!



 Tom KCØW   
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2010, 12:04:06 PM »

Make it into a half/wave sloper.
One end is still attached on one tower at 230', attach the other end
with a rope to any convenient point close to the ground.

No need to try and climb an icy tower, that is
just too damn dangerous.

SOMETHING is better than nothing !!!!

Necessity is the MOTHER of invention/innovation.

Good luck !!!!!!!

(Blasted MURPHY @#$%^&@##$)


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K3TN
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 03:22:20 AM »

I never heard KC0W, but I was only on for about 7-8 hours. I did work N7IV for ND and he appears to be on LoTW, so I think I'll finally close out WAS on 160.

The 160 antenna here is my old G5RV at 50', shorted to be a T/Marconi vertical. I only have about 8 radials out (plus some chicken wire around the base) but will add more this winter. It hears very well, xmit efficiency not so hot with so few radials.
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2010, 11:09:41 AM »

I was just goofing around for an hour and a half, using my low horizontal loop and 100 watts, and before I knew it, I had worked 30 states!  Way cool!  Now, I just hope all are LOTW.  I need about everything on high-band.

Bless them all, and especially the ops in NM, CO, NH, VT and ID, who, I am sure, made it possible with their great receivers and antennas.

Don N4KC
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2011, 12:48:00 AM »

ND is the last state I need for LoTW WAS.

Just sayin'....

John AE5X
http://www.ae5x.com/blog

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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2011, 04:13:51 AM »

I didn't hear AC0W in the ARRL 160 but in the more recent CQ WW 160 I did work N7IV who *is* on LoTW, so I finally knocked off WAS on 160. Now, all I need is AK on 80 and I'll only have 10m left to chase LoTW states - c'mon sunspots...
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