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ARRL 10-Meter Contest (2013)

Operated when I could, on/off over the weekend. Mostly running, with very little S&P. My antennas are better suited for DX than close in stuff. I did wind up learning where I can, and can not, work using the higher angle back lobes of my antennas. Was consistently working the upper mid-west off the back of my SA stack at 35/70 feet pointing @155. Was much better than my lowest rotatable antenna @120 feet.

ARRL 160-Meter Contest (2013)

Good conditions, but there could have been more activity. Activity from SA was notably absent. We got receive 8 circle working (mostly) and 3 new Beverages working within the last few days before the contest, and they were a huge factor in our ability to hear stations. At times, there was considerable rain/snow static, which would have been a pain to deal with, if not for the receive antennas.

Rappackers Holiday Get Together

Our annual party is scheduled for Thursday, December 12 at 7 PM.

Location is Firebrids Wood Fired Grill, behind the Spotsy mall. Here is a link to their webpage, complete with directions and menu.

http://www.firebirdsrestaurants.com/fb/locations/fredericksburg-va

Contact K4ZW if you plan on attending so we can have the the tables setup for the group.

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW (2013)

Great to see good propagation for the contest. Seemed this was the year for hardware failures, both before and during the contest. 'Stuff' happens. Too much food and not enough full time ops. Of course, if we had the ops, the food would have worked out fine.

CQ WW DX RTTY Contest (2013)

Had 5 ops that had minimal contesting or ham radio or n1mm experience, do this operation was a bit less polished than others may have been in the past.  This said, it was lots of fun and much was learned. Conditions were great, especially on 10!  Been a while since it's been that good.  'Roasted' a remote switch box on 10 with all the CQ'ing, the power and 1.7:1 SWR on the stack.  Hey, that's the way it goes sometimes.

Russian DX 2012 Contest plaque has arrived!

Congratulations to those who made this happen.

NR4M, K4EC, K4ZW, KE3X, K7SV

WAE DX Contest, CW

Many leading contesters claim the WAEDC to be the most challenging contest of the year. Being a true blue DX contest, only intercontinental QSOs between DX and Europe are counted (exception is the RTTY part). Therefore the number of DX QSOs here may be similar to the amount of DX usually worked in the CQWW.

http://www.darc.de/referate/dx/contest/waedc/en/rules/

IARU HF World Championship (2013)

The Potomac Valley Radio Club hosted both the ARRL headquarters station, led by captain Steve Bookout NR4M, and the IARU headquarters station, led by captain Fran Donovan W3LPL. Steve's team, operating as W1AW/4, has been spread amongst 8 different stations in North Carolina and Virginia, while Frank's team, operating as NU1AW/3, has been spread amongst 5 different stations in Maryland.

Video: WPX CW 2013

Rappackers Meeting

PVRC Meeting and discussion of the IARU HF contest in July. The PVRC has been chosen by the ARRL to put the HQ stations on the air: W1AW/4 and NU1AW/3.
Various PVRC stations in the 4 call area will put 6 phone and 6 CW stations on the air for the duration using the call W1AW/4.

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The meeting was called to order at 10:30 AM by Frank K4EC.

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