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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:32 am 
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So, what have you done as a ham today? What do you have planned for the near future? Post about it here and share it with your fellow ZSARC members.

Weekend of March 17th I operated my truck as a rover for the Virginia QSO Party. Last year I took second place in the mobile multiple operator category. This year my buddy Larry and I just about doubled the number of points and contacts we made last year but I still think it's just going to be a 2nd place finish.

May 20th, my truck and I will be the tail/cleanup vehicle for the USMC Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, VA, sending regular position reports to the Command Center via APRS as I follow the last runner.
http://www.marinemarathon.com/Historic_Half.htm

June 19th, my local ham club (RVARC) will be taking part in the Stafford county D.A.R.E Day exhibition. We're setting up a complete Field Day type station at the event, using my truck, two canopies and a motor home. We'll be on the air all morning, giving the kids a chance to experience amateur radio and maybe get some of them started in this wonderful hobby.

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charged the ft-817

tested the prc-90's

drooled heavily over the elecraft kx3

banged head against wall about about stealth antenna placement on a poor mans budget.

drooled heavily over the galaxy 98

wondering what the fastest way to find the zsarc echolink station.

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I havent done ANYTHING! Ive got a PIC keyer that I designed sitting on the breadboard that I need to etch a PC board for, mount up and put in a box... only with all the bills and truck repairs I havent had the extra money to buy a laser jet so I can transfer my deign...

I did work the TenTec with a J38 though.... Made a phone contact with my 40m hamstick dipole, I was severl S units down for them on my TX, to be expected... Need to hook my hot wire back up to my vertical so Ill be back to "normal".

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Sheesh! I almost forgot...

This Saturday, April 28th, is the Third Annual Virginia Ham Radio Cruise-In, sponsored by the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club. The Cruise-In is from 1000 to 1600 and held at Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville, VA
For those unfamiliar with the club, they were named the Club of The Year for 2011 at last year's Dayton Hamfest.

My truck took first place in the Truck category last year and, while I hadn't planned to attend this year due to the cost of diesel, I may go anyway just to defend my title. It's a fun event, even if you don't have a rig in your mobile, and open to all amateurs from anywhere in the world. (Special prize for the ham traveling the longest distance to attend)

More info at the club web site: http://www.albemarleradio.org/cruise-in

And: http://www.albemarleradio.org/node/81

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I was just online looking at the log metadata posted today for the preliminary results of the Virginia QSO Party. Last year a buddy and I took 2nd place in the Mobile, Multiple Operator category. Well, it's not official yet, but from the log data it looks like we took first place this year. :D



























I suppose I should also mention that, also from the posted log data, we seem to have been the only entry in that category this year. :oops:









But hey, first is still first. :mrgreen:

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What have I done as a HAM this week?

I finally got my 40m antenna up - to discover I have a lot of local HF noise. Not surprised, but frustrated, as this is a rural area and all the noise is coming from my own solar charge controllers and inverters. I can shut it down and run off batteries with zero noise - but that doesn't keep the XYL happy, and isn't really practical except at certain times. Looking at filters and moving the antenna as options.

Anyway, it's tuned perfectly, and I was able to make my first ever HF contact, checking in to the High Noon Net.

More on the next quiet evening when I can turn the power off for an hour or two.

Tuner isn't finished yet, so my HF is only on 40 meters. (2m / 70cm still works great, no noise up there).

Got the soundmodem packet interface working on 2m locally.

Spent too much money on other HAM gear.

More in a few weeks!

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Thursday the district emergency coordinator and I ran the half marathon course in our vehicles, while the NCS monitored from the command center. We identified a few possible trouble spots that we'll have to take into account, but otherwise we should have good comms over the entire course.

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This morning I scored a 45/50 on element 4, 73's from KD0HHY/AE

Well that is an "Extra" good job.
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I'm getting ready to take my tech test on 5/28 (I'd do it sooner but I don't feel like driving 2 hours each way)

I've done all the practice exams and I'm averaging above 90% (sometimes I miss one). I'm starting the study on my General - so far the hardest part is remember what all the three letter codes mean QRL QSL ..... if anyone has a handy tip for remembering them I'd appreciate it.

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Scout308 wrote:
I'm getting ready to take my tech test on 5/28 (I'd do it sooner but I don't feel like driving 2 hours each way)

I've done all the practice exams and I'm averaging above 90% (sometimes I miss one). I'm starting the study on my General - so far the hardest part is remember what all the three letter codes mean QRL QSL ..... if anyone has a handy tip for remembering them I'd appreciate it.


Here's your handy tip... There's unlikely to be more than one question that includes a Q code, so if you're scoring in the 90's you can afford to miss one. Other than that, the best I can say is that the letters after the "Q" usually relate to the meaning, such as QRM ("M" for man-made noise) and QRN ("N" for natural noise) and QTH ("H" for Home) Try to mentally see the relationship and you'll retain them better.

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Drove out to lovely La Plata, MD last night and took a SKYWARN course on Tropical Cyclones. Next up, the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon next Sunday (picked up my badge/ID, vest and shirt tonight), then a SKYWARN Advanced class on Tuesday night in Henrico, VA.

Also, waiting with anticipation for the final results of the Virginia QSO Party to be released. Logs had to be in by April 15th, then you were allowed to make corrections until May 14th. The last correction was posted on the 10th and nothing since then. As of that info posted on the 10th my buddy and I took first place in the Mobile Multiple Operator category (took 2nd last year), but it's not official until it's, well, official.

I think we've pretty much got a lock on it though...





















We were the only ones in that category this year. :lol:

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I was having some piss poor luck on HF since I got my general ticket. I was beginning to think the radio I picked up didn’t transmit.

I read some of the tips in the Boddipole field guide, decided to stick with 20m horizontal dipole for now, and have been racking up the DX contacts. Mostly Eastern Europeans and Russians collecting calls and giving RST reports. But its working and the QSL can go in the log.
I want to try a vertical 20m this weekend.

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Just agreed (read that as "got shanghied") to be the NCS for the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Race next Saturday.

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SKYWARN tonight... We're under a tornado watch and multiple severe thunderstorm warnings with some awesome lightning. I watched one strike from about four miles away that, when the "boom" got here it rattled dishes in the cupboards.

Canoe race may be canceled tomorrow, depending on flooding...

ETA: Tornado watch extended to 0100. I am going to be sooo sleepy tomorrow during the race. :(


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For those hams in the Northern Virginia area, tomorrow is the Manassas Hamfest. Gates open at 0700 and it looks to be a good one this year. Temps will be in the low 90's though, so dress for if you plan to attend. I'll be there, along with a number of other hams from the Rappahannock Valley ARC and would be interested in meeting any ZS hams that show up. I'll probably be on 146.490 simplex.

Here's a link for more info: http://manassashamfest.org/


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It seems that this thread is turning into something of a "What KJ4VOV did" thread, and I don't want that to happen.

Post up some pictures of your shacks, tell about that great contact you made, share your future plans... POST! :)


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I thought this was your private posting venue
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Logans Run wrote:
I thought this was your private posting venue
lol jk :P

It's starting to look that way, and getting a tad embarrassing because of it. I want to share in what everyone is doing, not dominate the thread.


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