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#1 marcspaz

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:00 AM

Anyone involved in Winter Field Day this weekend? Daytime comms have been great on 80m through 20m. I made contacts from California to the Mediterranean on 100w and a 80m dipole. I thought the D layer was going to beat me up, but I'm pretty happy with the performance today.

I'm not in it for the points or competition... I just love making long distance contacts. Was wondering if anyone else has been involved today.
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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:00 AM

Very cool Marc, how you've been?

 

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:46 PM

Things are good. Very busy... but good. I hope all is well for you and yours.

You ever get that range issue worked on on your VHF gear?

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:16 PM

Hey Marc,

Busy is the name of the game, glad to see you posting! thanks!

 

So far so good, on hold until spring, roof is covered in snow, so not much can be done. I am sticking with the single 5/8 wave, going to raise it a few more feet up in the air... 

 

Did you get that loop antenna setup? I remember you were going to build that loop... any progress?

 

G.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:27 PM

Not yet.  I need to have the trees trimmed.  There can't be any branches touching the antenna or I won't be able to tune it.  We are getting massive amounts of rain and the ground is saturated.  I can't get any heavy equipment in the woods behind the house.  I am holding out for the ground to freeze in February, hoping we can get back there.


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 04:55 AM

Do you think it will freeze? Maybe dry out should be a better thing to hope for... freezing doesn't sound too hot (no pun intended)

 

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 08:43 AM

It never dries out.  The back half of my property is wetlands.  Sure... its gets "less saturated" (if that's a thing?).  Enough that the ground firms up to safely walk on it, but the ground never supports heavy load from vehicles or heavy equipment unless it freezes.  Otherwise, everything gets stuck back there and trashes the lawn leading up to the tree line.



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 04:42 PM

Time to pour some concrete then :D  LOL...

 

G.

 

It never dries out.  The back half of my property is wetlands.  Sure... its gets "less saturated" (if that's a thing?).  Enough that the ground firms up to safely walk on it, but the ground never supports heavy load from vehicles or heavy equipment unless it freezes.  Otherwise, everything gets stuck back there and trashes the lawn leading up to the tree line.



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 04:53 PM

The city water supply runs behind my house, actually on my property.  I can't even pour a shovel of dirt without risking a massive fine.  :-(  Fortunately, I can trim the trees all I want, as long as they stay alive and continue to hold soil in place.

 

On the up-side, the dipole works great over the water.  I assume the loop will too.



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 06:25 PM

Nice! some lemonade coming, out of some lemons. I had a house like that, it was more of a very steep backyard, it was pretty hard do anything on it, even mowing it... :)

 

Water in the loop... sounds like a good buzzword to reach further Marc... nice.

 

 

G.



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Posted 29 January 2020 - 04:11 PM

Throw a lot of salt in it. Make radio waves great again! :lol:


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