The President's Message November, 2017
This past Saturday three club members and myself went to the Shenandoah National Park for the final time this year for one of our “Mini Field Day” outings. We were operating portable stations with battery power using two homebrew antennae and my store bought model TW10-20. We were at an altitude of approximately 2,500 ft.
The temperature was 22 degrees when we arrived at 9:45 AM with no wind which allowed us to set up and operate in relative comfort. Several contacts were made on HF including stations in Wichita, Kansas and North Port, Florida. Local contacts were also made on 2 meters both on simplex at 20-25 miles away and by repeater.
Lots of fun for the few hours we were there. We will be doing the same next year and we will post the days of operation and start frequencies in the event any of you would like to contact us.
The winter weather is closing in on us fast so be sure to have your “Backup kits” ready and batteries charged in the event of storm related power outages. We like to stress the idea of being proactive rather than reactive to these kinds of situations. The Scouts have the right idea, “Be prepared”.
The Club’s website has a link to check the weather conditions in your area (beneath the Login Block) or Click Here.
Member Jack, KE4LWT is still deployed with FEMA in Puerto Rico helping out with the herculean task of rebuilding infrastructure in that area.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, be well and enjoy.