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Notes from 11 May Rappahannock Chapter PVRC meeting

The meeting was called to order by Frank K4EC at 10:20AM Saturday. There was no new or old business to discuss.
As usual we went around the room so each attendee could discuss recent happenings.

K3ZO – Always great to have Fred attend. He was qrv in the phone WPX. Talked a little about his antennas. He will be advising the 15M NU1AW group (N3RR & Co.) for the IARU HQ effort.

2012 WPX CW plaque has arrived!

Congratulations to those who made this happen.


26,785,984 Million points!  A new US record!

ARRL Int'l DX Contest SSB (2013)

Thanks for coming out!
Thanks to Steve and Carolyn for the great hospitality! And thanks to the resident Station Engineer Larry.

ARRL Int'l DX Contest CW (2013)

As we've frequently said before, it's always nice to have new folks operate with us. We has the same Carolina folks with us that did last year (W0UCE and N3ND) plus N1LN. It was great to have both Bills back from Lynchburg. As always the local group was fun, and had fun. Without them on Sunday afternoons, we wouldhave trouble covering bands after the traveling guys depart.

CQWW WPX Contest, RTTY (2013)

A good time was had by all. Plenty of ops, plenty of sleep, plenty of food, plenty of drink and plenty of propagation. Late in the weeks, LOTS of ugly problems cropped up. Most were taken care of and the couple that were left, were not too bad. Friday afternoon, I discovered a S/N problem that would have killed the whole weekend for us. The crew at N1MM solved it and had a new version out in about an hour and a half. Big thanks to them!



Called to order more or less at 10:30 Saturday morning. Having no new business nor old business to discuss, Frank K4EC began the round robin around the room for each attendee to discuss what had transpired in his/her ham radio life in recent months.

K4EC – Frank. In a recent wind storm Franks R5 vertical was fairly demolished by a neighbors falling tree, so now he’s down to no antennas. He’s planning on rectifying that shortly.

CQ WW DX CW Contest (2012)

Well, another CQWW CW is in the books at the Goat Farm. This year due to the timing of Thanksgiving holiday, a large number of our regular ops were unavailable and others could only stop by for a short while. So in the interest of sanity (and sleep ... we are not getting any younger) we opted for Multi-Single this year. After the full 48-hours, however, we certainly realized this Multi-Single stuff in CQWW is a lot of work! No just sitting around and 'running 'em ... you actually have to THINK about strategy and band changes and all that.

Makrothen RTTY Contest

Did not like what I saw re condx before the contest and after first 3 hours decided I MUST have something better to do. Worked on/off the rest of Sat and Sun. Put a total time in off just under 7 hours. Beautiful wx this weekend, so found many, more productive things to do outside. Thanks to all for the contacts!

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (2012)

What a great weekend! Great friends, great conditions and we introduced three folks to the world of RTTY contesting. We had a pair of delightful young ladies join us. Sally G2YL who is residing in Northern Virginia put a lot of Qs in the log and provided great diversity to the usual contest weekend banter. While, Steve's NR4Ms daughter, Jennifer, has grown accustomed to all the contest 'strangeness' over the years, this weekend she actually participated in it, making a number of contacts on 20 meters.


Date:   Friday September 28, 2012
Time:   8:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Location:   NR4M "Da Farm"
Notes:   If you are coming to operate contact Steve,



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