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Hex Beam Antenna presentation at our next meeting Oct. 2, 2014

We are delighted to have Rob Conklin, N4WGY, come to talk with us at our next club meeting.  He will share a short slide presentation about his experience in home brewing, mounting and using a K4KIO designed 6 band Hexagonal beam type antenna. After the presentation we’ll have time for Q&A.

Also on our agenda will be the upcoming W1AW/4 week-long operation from Alabama, 15-22 Oct. 2014.

If you have access to the Arsenal, please come join us.

Thursday October 2, 2014, meeting start 4:30 pm
Bldg. 4622, MSFC, Redstone Arsenal, AL
[location on Google maps]

– Gary, WA2JQZ

“Keep those cards and letters coming …”

Thanks to our many Apollo 11 anniversary contacts… Two weeks after the Apollo special event (July 17-22, 2014), we have received about 200 QSLs in the mail. We logged over 1200 contacts and we anticipate more will come.

On ARRL Logbook of the World, we have so far matched about 500 QSLs.  On eQSL, we have over 340 QSLs

Last week the club met, to work through our details for replying to the QSL cards.  We plan to mail out our QSLs by mid to late August, 2014.

Below are photos of some of what we’ve received to date.  … Thanks to Don for keeping up with all our mail! Thanks to our club members for verifying and responding to the mail! And thank you for contacting us and writing us!

 

Two stacks of Apollo 11 anniversary event QSLs  that arrived on Don's desk.

Two stacks of Apollo 11 anniversary event QSLs that arrived on Don’s desk.

Assortment of Apollo 11 anniversary QSLs that arrived, with variety of stamps.

Assortment of Apollo 11 anniversary QSLs that arrived, with variety of stamps.

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Stamps commemorating (L-R) Apollo 11 and Apollo 8

 

An Apollo 7 telecast from Earth orbit, "Keep those cards and letters coming in folks."  (A joke from space.) Apollo 7 was the first manned flight of the Apollo Program, and was the first mission to use TV cameras from space. [NASA]

An Apollo 7 telecast from Earth orbit, “Keep those cards and letters coming in folks.” (A joke from space.) Apollo 7 was the first manned flight of the Apollo Program, and was the first mission to use TV cameras from space. [NASA]

[Photos: N4MSN, NASA]

2014 update

(Gary – WA2JQZ has been invited to contribute to the blog)

Although we’ve been quiet for awhile here, we’ve been focused on the club and we’ve been busy.

Since the last post here,
•we’ve been repairing our antennas and building new ones,
•we upgraded our CW capability by repairing our straight key,
getting a Vibroflex standard keyer paddle,
and building a Winkeyer kit (during the furlough),
•we’ve been operating portable and QRP in the field around Huntsville and on Monte Sano, on phone, CW, and JT65,
•we’ve become more active in contests,
•we won First Place in two 2013 ARRL contests within the Alabama Section for multi-operator, low power:
for the ARRL DX Contest in March, and the June VHF Contest,
•we’ve been getting on the air more, having casual QSOs, and getting to know more hams,
•we attended the Huntsville and Birmingham Hamfests,
•we’ve been having interesting guest speakers,
•we’ve been cleaning the station and we got better seats,
•some members have been volunteering in the community,
helping with a new high school radio club, giving license tests,
and working with ARES,
•some members have been working on upgrading their licenses,
•and more.
And we’ve been having fun.!.

We’re now getting ready to participate together in ARRL Field Day.

And we’re preparing for a Special Event in July!

– Gary

A good start for 2013

On the heels of a successful January VHF contest, our club has voted to approve a new set of By Laws at our February meeting. These have been sent to the MSFC Exchange Council for their approval. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their participation and continued interest in this club. This is how it works ; we want a club, we make it happen. Congratulations to all of us.

While preparing the 2012 Jan VHF Sweepstakes log for submission, I discovered that I had not uploaded any log entries to eQSL since 2010. Duuuuh….
And on top of that, the latest (current) QSL image was not on-line.
So – since I was off today on Holiday – I took care of all that.

the WA4NZD eQSL card

Our eQSL card is updated.

In addition to updating the image, I have uploaded the ADIF files for several recent VHF contests as well as a few Field Day activities. There is now a total of 614 outbound QSL entries on-line. We still need to process the previous STS special event logs into ADIF format so that we can upload those. We have lots of incoming eQSLs that we need to match up and verify with our logs.
This is how our Outbox looks as of now (mid-Feb of 2013)…

eQSL outbox detail

snapshot of eQSL Outbox summary

OK, Thanks again for all the support. This is how fun happens.
Keep up the good work thru 2013, and you will be proud of your club.
Spread the word, we can always find room for a few more new members.

Thanks  /;^)

Huntsville Hamfest 2012

Come to the Huntsville Hamfest, this weekend (Aug 18 & 19, 2012)

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Find WB5RMG @ the AMSAT booth

Thanks  /;^)

Now we have 2012

Time to start another year .!.

Sometimes it seems like we didn’t do much as a club, but just look back on this last year in the blog, and you will find NanoSail-D, VHF contests, Field Day, the Final Shuttle Launch Special Event, and points in between. We have come a long way in bringing the MARC back to life, and can be proud of that. We logged over 250 HF contacts during the STS-135 commemorative, and have sent certificates to all stations who sent us a SASE. The eQSL logs for this last year’s events will be uploaded before long, so please be patient.  /;^)

Sure we have a ways to go – but we already have plans in place to replace the HF beam rotor, and get our satellite tracking hardware back into operation. We need to focus our attention and get our Continue reading

Summer is gone

This was a hot summer, and not having any air-conditioning in the club station (again) makes the Alabama summer seem even hotter. We did press on tho, and enjoyed Field Day with minimal suffering. Understandably, not so many members came out to help, but we submitted a score based upon 99 contacts.

FD Ops

Field Day 2011 @ WA4NZD

We also conducted a special event operation during the Final Shuttle Flight, and logged over 260 contacts during the STS-135 mission. We have Continue reading