2018 CQ WW VHF Contest
2018 CQ WW VHF Contest avatar

Call:  W1XX (W1XX op)

Class:  SOAB HP

Band  QSOs   Mults

6         377       136

2          68         22

Total   445       158  Score:  81,054

Comments: Very good condx late Saturday afternoon and early evening.  Lots of DM, DN, CM grids far west QSOs several with California on 6 meters.  Best was VA6AN (no relationship to W1AN) in DO42.  Sunday AM nice QSO to XE2JS in DL68.  Refurbished antennas here looking pretty good.

Worked K1SX and W1AN.  Anybody else on?

 

IARU HF Championship
IARU HF Championship avatar

I think the last time I spent any time in this 24 hour contest was as W1XX/OH0 and it was known as the “Radiosport” championship.  I didn’t know what I’ve been missing.  This is a neat contest coinciding with the every 4-year WRTC emanating in 2018 from DL-land.  You can choose CW, SSB or both.  I chose both or mixed.  Operating off and on around family activity.  I never ran out of QSOs. Working the IARU member society HQ stations is kinda neat as they exchange the society abbreviation — like ARRL — in the exchange.  Otherwise IARU zone number is exchanged ours being “8.”

I made 502 QSOs with a near even split between CW and SSB with a zones multiplier of 52 and HQ mults of 74 and a total score of 170, 604 points.  Not at the head of the class but shows up respectably on 3830Scores. Gave me a chance to test out my refurbished 40meter Yagi and it honked.  Pileups to my CQ  on 20 and 40 SSB were hip deep which is really fun.

I didn’t realize who the WRTC participants were until I started working a slew of Y8#x calls with the 1-letter suffix.  Yep, that was them.  Fun to work picturing these folks in a tent somewhere in Germany on a Hex-beam.  Yes, a hex-beam and they had great signals with 100 watts.

I see scores were posted by K1SX and KS1J…so I suspect that other club members gave this at least a bit of a try.  If so, post your scores and experiences here.

TI-2 Operating W1AW
TI-2 Operating W1AW avatar

I’m spending this week with six other teachers at the ARRL HQ learning about remote sensing, satellite comms, and other fun RF topics at the Teacher’s Institute. We will likely be operating the W1AW station while we’re here6, possibly tomorrow, perhaps during the lunch hour 12-1 pm. Some of us will operate SSB, which I’ve done once, so I plan to ask Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, if I can operate CW. I post this for any of you who happen to be interested and available to respond to our CQ’s. We will likely beam toward the southwest, but I’m sure some of your stations will be 59+ on the side lobes. 73!

Charlie,
K1ECU

Pre-Field Day Notes
Pre-Field Day Notes avatar

Be sure to check the FD Menu posting by our Commissary Guru.

Is anyone available for about an hour on Wednesday morning at 10 AM to help me with a couple of on site chores at Seagrave? I would meet you there.  Please comment here or email to w1xx [AT] cox [DOT] net or call 401-783-1588.  Sorry for short notice.

Good News Dept:  We are expected to be joined on FD by Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, the ARRL Contest Manager.

FD Menu
FD Menu avatar

Hello All CTRI FD Warriors!

From yesterday’s meeting the following people are signed up for FD and what they are bringing:

 

Charlie  K1ECU

Ken        K3IU                                     Cookies for Lunch

John      W1XX                                   SAUGY DOGS for Lunch

Dean     K1HSY

Jon        KC1FUU                               Chips (little individual bags worked well last FD)

Tim        KC1AYQ                               Something Chinese for Lunch

John      K1JSM                                  Salad for Dinner

Molly     KC1FTO

Jim         KS1J                                    Side Dish for Dinner

John      W1AN

Pat         NG1G                                  Baked Beans (with pot) for Lunch

Mike      NG1M

Mike      K1DM                                  Dessert for Dinner

Jaz         K1SD

For a TOTAL of 14.

Please let me know if I got something wrong.  Lars has offered rolls & side salads from B.GOOD.

I am assuming EVERYONE will attend Saturday Lunch & Dinner – if not please let me know!

 

I need an accurate head count before buying groceries:

BURGERS & DOGS (W1XX) & rolls for Lunch AND Steak & Chicken & Potatoes for Dinner.

 

PLEASE LET ME KNOW!  Best approach is to email me:  visich4zoo@gmail.com

 

Mike Visich

FD Cook & the NEW NG1M

 

 

June ARRL VHF Contest Results
June ARRL VHF Contest Results avatar

WB2VVV was QRV for the June ARRL VHF Contest in the Single Op Unassisted Low Power Category.

Log as submitted:

MHZ   Grids   QSOs
___________________
50       81    174
144      14     30
222       8     12
432       7      9
903       4      4
1296      3      3
___________________
Total   118    233
Score: 31,239

Thanks to those members whose QSOs made it into my log! It was certainly nice to see 6 meters open to the West and South on Sunday with varying Sporadic E Skip. I was also pleased to be able able to hear 2 stations clearly on 2304 MHz but just didn’t have enough transmitter to be heard with only 5 Watts of the allowed 50 Watts.

73, Chris WB2VVV

The Club’s New Portable Beam
The Club’s New Portable Beam avatar

I volunteered to assemble the new portable, foldable, 6 band wire beam when John, W1XX, asked for someone to assemble it, because of his storm related workload. Remind me not to volunteer again. 🙂  I have attached below some photos of this beam. It is not beautiful, but hopefully lack of physical beauty won’t adversely impact its performance. Right now with the tower only about 5 feet off the ground, the resonance/SWR indicates that it is indeed an antenna, but I don’t think I should attempt any adjustments because I can’t get it any higher in the air to provide more accurate readings.

This beam will require additional tweaking in the air before it is ready for Field Day but unfortunately I am unable to do it. I am going to copy and/or prepare some unpacking and repacking instructions and put them in plastic sleeves to be kept with the beam and the spare parts that were purchased with it. I will also do a practice “fold it up and put it away” and “unfold it and put it up” routines.

So I need to hand off this project to someone else who can get it higher in the air than I can and then see how the resonance and SWR look.

Here are the pictures. It is kinda tough to see any details of the antenna. I am not sure how this is going to work out on the web site, it’s worth a try..

73, Ken K3IU
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P.S. (11:15AM, Sat 5/26) – It’s now Sat morning and I guess I was crying “wolf” yesterday when I wrote the above. I spent a couple of hours this morning (after a good night’s sleep) making adjustments to the driven elements to move the resonant freq up into the bottom portion of each band using the MFJ-259B first and then connecting the beam to my K3s and Diamond SX-200 SWR & Power meter. Both methods more or less agree and indicate lowest SWR near/at the bottom of all bands. Unless I am mistaken, and I could well be, I believe that raising the beam up in the air will move the resonant freq up a bit on all bands and perhaps move the SWR downwards as well. The internal ATU on the K3s easily handles the maximum SWR seen. I do not have a push-up mast I can not test this. The fiberglass spigot at the bottom of the center post that must be inserted into a mast with a 1 inch ID. There needs to be holes drilled in the mast-top and the fiberglass spigot for inserting a thru bolt to keep the antenna from free wheeling. This can’t be done until the push up mast is identified and available.

The plan this afternoon is to fold up the antenna, and pack it away. Then one day next week, I will try to set it up.

73, Ken K3IU

 

Last Call for CTRI apparel
Last Call for CTRI apparel avatar

Don’t forget to order your CTRI apparel!

Deadline is this Friday May 25!

Order your CTRI Polo’s and Hats at http://wickeddesignz.com/product-category/ctri  no later than Friday May 25th.

You can select if you want to pick it up at the June meeting or shipped to you.

If you signed up on the list during last meeting you still need to place your order at http://wickeddesignz.com/product-category/ctri

Everyone has to place an order!

Please note that if would like to have your call or call & name on the right chest you will need to enter your call or call & name in the order notes on the checkout page.

Let me know if you have any questions

Lars, KE1J

Field Day 2018: Satellite Challenge
Field Day 2018: Satellite Challenge avatar

By John Lindholm, W1XX

Field Day 2018 – June 23-24 – is the highlight activity of the CTRI Contest Group. Getting everyone engaged is a hallmark of our Field Day.  2018 will be no exception. 

   Our operating venue is courtesy of “Skyscrapers” of the Seagrave Memorial Observatory in North Scituate. We will be rolling out details as we get closer to the actual start. Some prep is well underway. 

   Ken, K3IU, is assembling the new “folding antenna” hex-beam recently purchased by the club.  Radios are earmarked from K3IU, KE1J, K1JSM and computers from W1AN.  KS1J is a GOTA captain. KB1RFJ is the Commissary Captain. Generator de KB1RFJ with backup de K1JSM.  Etc., etc. We’ve done this several years running, so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.   But right now I’d like to put out a challenge for someone in the club to see that we get a satellite QSO for extra bonus points. 

   The June issue of QST (p. 61) has a neat how-to article by KX9X on FD satellite operation.  It has an easy to follow “Intro to FM Satellites.”  Check it out.  We’ve got a little over a month for someone or maybe more to gear up.  Read the article and see if you want to give it a try.  It could even be a club project with “Educational Activity” bonus points for Field Day.  Post your comments of interest here. 

   Much more Field Day stuff to follow. 73!      

CTRI Polo’s & Hats
CTRI Polo’s & Hats avatar

Order your CTRI Polo’s and Hats at http://wickeddesignz.com/product-category/ctri  no later than Friday May 25th.

You can select if you want to pick it up at the June meeting or shipped to you.

If you signed up on the list during last meeting you still need to place your order at http://wickeddesignz.com/product-category/ctri

Everyone has to place an order!

Please note that if would like to have your call or call & name on the right chest you will need to enter your call or call & name in the order notes on the checkout page.

Let me know if you have any questions

Lars, KE1J

Meeting – Sat May 12 at 0900
Meeting – Sat May 12 at 0900 avatar

A reminder – there will be a members meeting on Sat April 14th at 0900.

This is a time change from previous announcements.

Venu:  the South Kingstown Public Library, aka Peacedale Library.

QTH: 1057 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield RI 02879