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CQ WW WPX Contest, RTTY (2016)

Bands noisy first night, much better second night. Three 'newbie' ops with limited experience. One of the ops for the upcoming Heard Island DXpedition stopped by to see how RTTY is operated, so will at least be familiar with it while on the Island.

ARRL 160-Meter Contest (2015)

Steve and Larry (K7SV) teamed again for this running. Steve worked from the beginning to about 03Z and Larry operated from 03Z to about 08Z.  Steve took over from about 09Z to sunrise. That was both nights. Conditions were not stellar, but certainly not bad. QRN was minimal but at times the band was really packed. We had a problem with the 8 circle, so RX antennas were NE, SE and NW beverages. Transmit antenna is a pair of phased Tees with about 100ft vertical. rig = K3 driving a single 4-1000Z.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2015)

Another one in the books. Enjoyed the good propagation on most bands.  Really kept things hopping. Never enough operators.  One night time op had to go home sick, another canceled on Friday, and two could only put in 3 hours each, which made things kinda 'thin' at times.  This was especially true with two first time operators. But, overall, this kind of operator shortage was expected with this family holiday weekend.  Always a tough weekend for ops.

RAPPAHANNOCK CHAPTER PVRC MEETING, 31 OCT 2005 NOTES

Frank K4EC called the meeting to order at 11AM 31 Oct 2015
Old business - none
New business - Steve NR4M spoke to the requirement for members to participate in contests to qualify as chapter members, specifically two of the 5 milllion award contests per year. On a little different slant, to wear the Goat Farm Contesters tee shirt, members should work at least two contests from NR4M.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2015)

Like everyone, we would have liked 10 meters to be in better shape. At least the flux stayed at 120 with a low K value.
Just before the contest found that the top 40 meter yagi would not turn, although there was voltage at the base of the tower. Rotators for the 15 meter stack are still acting 'squirrely' and had to be rotated from out in the equipment shack, not locally.

Goatfest August 22, 2015

A combination chapter meeting and open house was held at the NR4M Goat Farm qth on Saturday 22 August 2015. The brief meeting was called to order at 11AM. Under new business Tom N4NW briefed the crowd on CQ widening the club circle to 250 miles radius and how that may impact the club.

CQ WW WPX CW (2015)

Great to get back into WPX CW again after missing last year due to a wedding and station construction. We had a great crew and everyone seemed to have a good time for this one. Condx weren’t bad. Ten obviously left a lot to be desired, but we’ve gotta get used to that. Fifteen was fair Saturday and much better Sunday. Twenty was better in the late evening/early morning than during the day. 40 produced well considering the considerable shorter opening to Europe. As expected, with flux down, 80 was quite good and noise surprisingly low. Not much to be said for top band.

RAPPAHANNOCK CHAPTER PVRC 18 Apr notes

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 on the 18th. There was no old business. Under new business the club 501C7 effort was described by Tom N4NW. Tom also stated that donations to the club are always welcomed and that the coffers could use a boost right now.

ARRL DX Contest, CW (2015)

Wx was a player in this weekend's operating. With the extreme cold, 4 operators could not make it due to wx related issues at home and another two to limit their time here. After receiving a few more inches of snow during the day Saturday, the snow turned to sleet in the evening. The 80 meter delta loop array collected ice and was detuned enough for us to quit using it. 15 meters showed a slight rise in reflected power, but not enough for concern.

CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (2015)

Contest started off miserably. Software put the contact times all over the place. I know this is going to kill our score. For a SFI of 125, 10 was a big surprise. My first EU QSO Saturday morning was
with IW9FRA at 1153 UTC, and we consistently made Q's on 10 for the next 12+ hours. Had a nice, but short 10m LP opening to Asia Saturday AM, with some JA's and one BY in the log.

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