(Fwd) Wednesday Night
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From: Self <ray@...>
Subject: Wednesday Night
Date sent: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 21:47:16 -0400
We had a nice night on HF at
Camp Hinds last evening...
KB1GWT, Jesse, from Otisfield
and KB1GWU Al from Raymond were
around, however, we discovered the
146.88 machine is busy from 7-8 on
Wednesdays with a Net. We did
get to talk with them before and after the
Quite a few scouts and staff at Hinds
showed up... it rained too, which means we
got all the nearby archery guys coming into the
Technology Lodge (where we were) for cover.
So we had a nice little crowd. The (new) Camp Director
Charles Swift was impressed with the
countries we worked, and offered to promote
the weekly Ham Intro more vigorously for the upcoming
Due to the fact that 146.88 was
occupied, we focused on DX contacts on
HF. We worked the following prefix/countries
HA Hungary (2 Stations)
We were on 20 meters and 17 meter bands,
which were both opened up nicely!
We got each of these stations on the first try
which means the home-made antenna
is working GREAT.
It is the 33 foot vertical wire antenna,
which also has three 33 foot ground
radials going down at an angle from an
insulator. Then a piece of Ladder Line
feeds the thing. (33ft elements are 1/4 wave
resonant at 7mhz / 40 meters....) but I find I can tune
it for just about any band with the
tuner built into my mobile HF rig.
There is a big National Jamboree in
Virginia next week... we are not sure if
it goes into next week, but there will be
a lot of Scouts on the air for that...
perhaps we can try to work them next
Wednesday on HF. A fellow I work with
and his son attended the Jamboree at
Prince Edw Island in Canada last week,
and said the Ham Stations there always had
a line at them...
Chow fer now...
see ya at the Elmer Net on Tuedsays at 7pm,
and we'll try to get some action from Hinds after
the net on Wednesday nights all on 146.88.
73, de N1RY, Ray
WJ0TA Maine Scouts Amateur Radio Club
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