Yep, the W5RRR is still in the midst of a facelift.
AB5SS delivers again! John setup a remote echolink station which adds a new capability for W5RRR. At least for now, John has implemented an echolink remote station at his QTH to serve as the W5RRR-R echo link connection to our repeater in support of the weekly W5RRR FM net held on Tuesdays on 146.640 @ 7:00PM. With this new capability, anyone outside of the immediate W5RRR repeater coverage area can participate in our weekly net.
Older amateur operators often refer to 160 meters as the Top Band. It’s the oldest amateur radio band and was the staple of relaible communication in the earliest days of amatuer radio when almost all communications were over relatively short distances. Today, it’s a popular band with high performance especially at sunset through sunrise, provided you have a good large antenna.
KG5HOK and N5FWB led the charge to finish the day with an attempt to move the MCC styled consoles into the shack. Previously placed in holding storage in the ESTA (Energy Systems Test Area) facility (the place where KB5PGY regularly blows up flight assets- in a controlled manner of course…), the club members who just finished disassembling the ham shack console now jumped into 3 trucks and loaded up the truck beds from the ESTA garage. Heavy, heavy, heavy.
Part II (The satellite console)
On a drizzly Saturday morning Feb 10, 2018, club members came to the rescue (again) to finish up some reinstallation of electrical/ground cover plates (removed for the previous day’s painting) and the major job to dismantle our famous Apollo vintage metal cabinet which housed our current satellite station.
The W5RRR radio shack is getting a major redo and it’s almost done!
Last weekend, members, K5RG/N5FWB/AB5SS/W9TWJ/N8MTV/W5OC joined forces to have a painting party in the shack.
The shack now has a nice off-white paint job on three walls, with a fine accent wall at the front wall of the room.
On Saturday, November 18th at 3pm CT the ARRL Sweepstakes Phone contest kicked off.
If you’d like to try out contesting, on November 18th, the ARRL Sweepstakes kicks off the SSB segment (CW just concluded last weekend). Never contested? No problem. For this event, you can’t operate for more than 24 hours for the duration of the event and can only have one transmitter on the air. It’s a perfect time … Read more…
On October 22nd, scouts visited the W5RRR shack to participate in Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) – the largest Scouting event in the world!
By my count, 18 scouts visited the station and each scout made multiple contacts with other scouts!