DELARANEWS

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Parks on the Air!

Other than getting a little bit of rain that caused us to pack up much earlier than expected, it was an outstanding and fun day today.... We had two stations running, operated around 3 hours and 15 minutes and made 201 contacts using the K8ES club callsign. Station #1 was N8QL's FT-891 on a "tuned to the teeth" 20M with a Buddipole Antenna. Station #2 was my FT-991a with a Chamelon Antenna wire antenna in a 40M sloper configuration (about 35 - 40 feet in the air thanks to a willing tree). We decided to setup two stations this time instead of three and operate on 40M and 20M. POTA activity has been light recently on 17M and 15M, it was getting "late" for 80M and 10M is always a crap shoot. As before, we did find some new items to improve upon for the next time out. Towards the end of the day, interference between the two radios became more noticeable and at times became a hindrance to both radios operating concurrently with the rate of QSO's we were getting. We do have some ideas to improve this on the next outing. Parks on the Air has proven to be a very valuable experience for us and it is a great opportunity to operate in the outdoors, and experience amateur radio in a manner you can't get from a book. If you are on the fence, I highly recommend activating a park or attend a future POTA activation. Thanks to all listed below who were in attendance! Columbus Hamfest Delaware was looking good a the Columbus Hamfest this last month- as KE8QJQ dressed up the stand
DELARANews

Club News Page 2

Parks on the Air!

Other than getting a little bit of rain that caused us to pack up much earlier than expected, it was an outstanding and fun day today.... We had two stations running, operated around 3 hours and 15 minutes and made 201 contacts using the K8ES club callsign. Station #1 was N8QL's FT-891 on a "tuned to the teeth" 20M with a Buddipole Antenna. Station #2 was my FT-991a with a Chamelon Antenna wire antenna in a 40M sloper configuration (about 35 - 40 feet in the air thanks to a willing tree). We decided to setup two stations this time instead of three and operate on 40M and 20M. POTA activity has been light recently on 17M and 15M, it was getting "late" for 80M and 10M is always a crap shoot. As before, we did find some new items to improve upon for the next time out. Towards the end of the day, interference between the two radios became more noticeable and at times became a hindrance to both radios operating concurrently with the rate of QSO's we were getting. We do have some ideas to improve this on the next outing. Parks on the Air has proven to be a very valuable experience for us and it is a great opportunity to operate in the outdoors, and experience amateur radio in a manner you can't get from a book. If you are on the fence, I highly recommend activating a park or attend a future POTA activation. Thanks to all listed below who were in attendance! Columbus Hamfest Delaware was looking good a the Columbus Hamfest this last month- as KE8QJQ dressed up the stand

Holiday Party 2019

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