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Author Topic: W100AW/4 August Activation  (Read 13683 times)
N4BCD
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« on: August 06, 2014, 07:09:24 AM »

On the weekend of August 17, the North Alabama DX Club will be activating W100AW/4 from the Huntsville Hamfest - one of the six regional Centennial Hamfests. Plans call for two stations running CW & Phone to commence operations around 1800Z Friday and conclude 2000Z Sunday.

This is a portable operation at the Hamfest facility so we won't be running legal limit into stacked monobanders. We will however run a respectable 200w into directional antennas on the high bands and wire dipoles as high as we can get them. We'll self-spot on the clusters when changing bands / modes. See you in the pile-ups!

73,
Mark N4BCD
North Alabama DX Club - President
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N4BCD
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 10:05:21 AM »

A great weekend for all who participated.  Some inter-station interference kept us from working some band/mode combinations but we did the best we could with the manpower & equipment available.

Band    CW      Phone   Totals
80             47                               47
40               6          1075           1081
30              51                          51
20            268          1229           1497
17            115            151             266
15             91              45             136
Totals   531          2547           3078


Station 1  TS-990
Antenna 1 - 132' Ladderline fed doublet @ 50' into Murch Tuner and DXE Balun.
Antenna 2 - Mosley MA5B at 35'.  Tied a rope to the boom for aiming.

Station 2  TS-990
Antenna 1 - Force 12 40/30 Dipole @ 65' on loaned 55' US Tower.
Antenna 2 - Mosley MA5B @ 56' on same tower.
Ham 3 or 4 rotor.

Two things did not go to plan.  A personal cellular internet connection succumbed to (we suspect) high RF from adjacent ladderline and failed on Saturday.  The Force 12 dipole was non-resonant anywhere and remained unused.  Sure looked impressive though.

Actual operating times (approximate local times)
Friday  Noon to 11:30 PM
Saturday 7 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday 7 AM to 12:50 PM (QRT due to approaching storms).  Took down antennas in the rain.


Trailer visits by:
ARRL Southeastern Division Director
ARRL Southeastern Assistant Division Director
ARRL Section Manager - Alabama
ARRL Delta Division Director
ARRL Delta Division Assistant Director
ARRL Public Information Coordinator - Alabama
Alabama State EMA Director
Phil Parton - Kenwood Rep.
Apologies to others I missed.
 
73 & thanks for the Q's
 Mark  N4BCD
 North Alabama DX Club
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2014, 07:41:57 PM »

Mark,

Thanks to the team. Great effort. Was able to work you on the 17th on 20. Very good signal.

73
Ben
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