Re: Grid expedition to DM75
- The wind was brutal! Despite 50 mph gusts and a high wind advisory
for most of the state, the grid expedition went on as scheduled.
This was a case of EXTREME rovering, as the dirt and debris pounded
the car, making it rock like the S.S. Minnow. My position was high
and very exposed - which of course, is what makes it a good operating
spot in the first place. It also gave me an excellent view of the
vast eastern New Mexico prairie and the towering clouds of dust
billowing up as far as the eye could see.
Getting the antennas up was a challenge, but the primary difficulty
was dealing with an SWR that shot skyward when the sked with WO9S
started. This was eventually traced to blowing dirt that got into a
coax connector during setup. At the time I didn't know what was
going on, but I was able to get the SWR back to normal by taking the
array down and switching to one antenna. So I was already down about
2 dB. The brick amp died next; not sure what happened. I got back
on the air several anxious minutes later running just the transceiver
with 40 Watts.
I was out there more than 4 hours and the tempest never really
subsided. The big winner of the day was the new WonderPole push-up
mast, which bent a lot but never broke. Here's the scorecard:
WO9S: copied both calls + report on one long ping
W5SNX: nothing heard
KR7O: completed QSO in about 50 minutes
WA5UFH: completed QSO in about 20 minutes
N0UK: copied both calls
It's hard to say with any certainty, but it didn't appear the ping
rate was anything out of the ordinary. I've experienced much, much
better conditions throughout last fall when I first started in HSMS.
--- In email@example.com, "mikeh39" <mikeh39@y...> wrote:
> I am activating grid DM75 (central New Mexico) on Sunday May 4
> starting at 1400 UTC. This will be portable WSJT on 144 MHz only
> support the Eta Aquarids rally. If you are participating in the
> rally (I guarantee this grid will give you a new multiplier!) or
> want this semi-rare grid square, contact me for a sked. I am
> limited to about 4 1/2 hours operating time at ~100 Watts, so I'll
> run skeds of 30 minutes max; first come, first served. I'll be
> looking for tailenders as well. This is a new (yet untried) QTH at
> 6600' ASL with a clear shot to the central USA. I've also upgraded
> the WSJT rover (see the following link for one of the upgrades --
> http://www.wonderpole.com/wp621.html) and this weekend will be
> the shakeout run. I'll be using stacked 5-element beams.
> I plan to activate at least two other New Mexico grids on the
> of May 10-11 (second and final weekend of the rally).
> Mike WB2FKO