Well, I have some catching up to do on the posting front … it seems there have been some activities which I have not updated on in some time. Summer months meant it wasn’t as busy on the posting front, but we’ll change that.
May 24-25 I participated in the CQ WPX contest — I think it was my first time submitting scores for that, but I neglected to note that. Regardless, it was fun and I logged in quite a few contacts. I did receive my results back — was behind VE4VT, VE4YU — good luck next time to me 🙂
June Radiosport Manitoba meeting (http://rsmb.keizer.ca) had us meeting at Cary’s VE4EA’s household in my ol’ stompin’ grounds in Garden City part of Winnipeg. It was great to see Cary’s setup and tower. Of significant interest was the presentation by VE6TL on solar analysis. The presentation was great and I only wish we could have more of that – it was a great learning meeting. Jim VE4SIG also attended as he is organizing the 2014 WARC Field Day and RSMB will be operating the contest stations. A great turnout as usual, VE4YU, VE4EAR, VE4EA, VE4GV, VE4DXR, VE4XT, VE4DRK with guests VE6TL, K7MKL, W6NF/VE4SNA, VE4SIG, VE4TTH.
Almost forgot to mention the June field-day! Wow – what an event. There was great support from a number of fronts and it was great to operate in – my first time at that. I was able to work quite the pile-up with Yuri’s home-brew 40m loop antenna 🙂 It also performed quite well on other bands as well, go figure. The 40m vertical array was sorta up – some issues, but the 40m vertical was still solid. Of also significant note would be the conditions we had to work through. I wasn’t around in the wee hours, but I did hear that Jerry VE6TL did have his operating tent and rigs fall on him during a vicious wind/rain storm. I think we will be looking for solid structures to operate from in succeeding years – -a trailer may be in order. I will certainly look forward to spending more time at field day next year!
July 1st makes it Canada Day contest day! and I was able to work the contest at least for a while. Will see how the results tally up.
August 16 was the MARM fest. It’s a great organization and was celebrating it’s 25th year of MARMfesting. A great achievement. Unfortunately this may be the last official MARMfest in Austin, but will see. There’s still a great time had by all who attend and have some eye-balls with those we’ve met over the air, but never in person. The semi-annual MRS meeting was also held there with a presentation on the current status of the repeaters and linking system and more memberships were brought in – a great time.
Some of us local folk have been interested in supporting a high-speed ham-only digital network on our 2.3GHz bands for all ham groups and hams to use. It is operational. The local Winnipeg Digital Repeater group had it’s meeting on September 3 and William VE4VR and I attended to discuss options and plans for integrating the high-speed network. In the end, it’s a great opportunity, so I also joined that group to support their efforts.
Upcoming events include the Sep meeting of the RSMB at Ed VE4YU’s home and hopefully some more contests.
I’ve been able to aquire an older TA33 Mosley tri-band beam — it’s a good size, as well as a 48′ self-supporting dmx tower – which will hopefully find it’s way to my QTH in short order. Work is underway to re-do the landscaping, so will see where the tower goes. Will see if there is time to put it all up prior to the snow flying, but that’s another challenge.
Regardless, I have also received a couple of satellite dish and their mounts to use on mounting a pole to support my 2.3GHz HSMM node – now that I have the outside-rated cable, will see how well the path works between my QTH and the node in Osborne Village.
73, Dan ve4drk