W5RRR makeover (in progress!)

Here’s the first glimpse of our newly tiled flooring.

Many thanks to Jerry, N5FWB, who managed to get us this nice upgrade from our ratty carpet.

So, much of the equipment has been moved to a temporary holding room for now.  The tiled floor is now complete, and we’ve decided to paint the walls while the opportunity exists.  Standby for an all hands on deck for painters this week.  This shack refurbishment includes installing 2 donated operations desks from the MCC (thanks AB5SS).  One of the new benches will replace our old Satellite console and the other will be set up as an Emergency Operations Center station, against the wall where the IC-781 current sits.  The remaining 3 wooden benches will be placed side-to-side on the primary wall, while we also shrink and update the patch panel into a smaller footprint that can sit ontop of a bench top.

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AB5SS is a World Class VHF/UHF Rover Contester.

John, AB5SS, is a World Class VHF/UHF Rover Contester.
  2000- 1st place in the US and Canada (AB5SS+W5DF)
  2002- 4th place in the US and Canada (AB5SS+W5DF)

“From  1998-2002, we ran a serious competitive rover station and had many top 10 rover scores for the US & Canada.

On his truck, John had radios covering 6m through 3cm (that’s all 10 bands – 50/144/222/432/902/1296/2304/3456/5760/10368 MHz).

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Winter Field Day (WFD) 2018 @ W5RRR


On a cold, rainy weekend of the January 27th, members of the JSCARC successfully marked W5RRR’s presence in our first ever 2018 Winter Field Day event. KB5PGY, W9TWJ, and W5OC setup portable operations from the outdoor picnic tables adjacent to the W5RRR shack.   The intrepid trio strung up a variety of temporary antennas which included two long wire antennas (Zepp, End-Fed) strung from the trees and two exotic portable vertical antennas: 1) The Next Generation Antenna (N6BT) V-8 and 2) the Transworld TW-2010/4040, both ground mounted. The V-8 antenna required a bit of ingenuity to mount but W9TWJ ended up hammering down 2 leftover fence posts from last year’s summer FD, which worked great as a self supporting ground stake.

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Observations from a 1st time VHF contester

What I learned for my 1st exposure to the VHF weekend contest.

  1. VHF/UHF/Microwavers are serious hams.

            – They communicate and take these operations very seriously

            – They operate strange expensive radios and antennas from their cars

            – They pre-arrange operating times and coordinate with others

            – They operate big signals and hunt out the little guys

  1. The W5RRR satellite antennas are not fun equipment for this type of contest

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Brrr…Winter Field Day @ W5RRR Jan 27/28 anyone?

Yep, this is last minute, but one of our NOTA sister stations announced their intent to participate in this less popular operating event. So in the interests of partnership, competition, NOTA presence, and plain good ol’ fun, a modest setup will be made in support of this event.  We’re not going for any big scores nor 24 hour ops, but just to kick the tires and make a few QSOs.  Note: we will NOT operate using any W5RRR shack equipment and we’ll be operating outside of the shack.

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