2013 APE Tall Tales


 

August

Member

QTH

Time (UTC)

Band(s)

Notes

Official?

3 KJ8O Bear Creek Nature Park, Rochester, MI ? ? QRP .
20-23 WA3WSJ Cape Henlopen State Park, DE Various ? . .
 
20-21 KC9UR Round Lake, IN Various 40-30-20-17-15-12 View Report  

 

2012 APE Tall Tales


 

 

IK1AMC, 12 August

 

Also this year I made the APE expedition with fun.

From my home in Vado Ligure (JN44fg) I went in the Piemonte region near the city of Cortemilia (JN44co).

The trip started at 9 AM (local time) and I started the transmissions at 10.36 AM (local time).

I was the only member of the expedition and the site of the expedition operations was on the way to the beginning of the village as shown in the picture.
IK1AMC_2012APE_1

IK1AMC_2012APE_2
My rig was the same as the last year (APE 2011):

Radio: Yaesu FT-857D set on 20 W output

Computer: netbook Packard Bell / Windows 7

DC-DC adapter for netbook

Software: Ham Radio Deluxe

Interface: home made

Antenna: home made Long Wire

Balun: home made

Antenna Tuner: Z-11Pro LDG

Power Supply: 1 Battery 12v/12Ah (radio), 1 Battery 12v/7Ah (PC)

I also brought a 45 Ah extra car battery for greater autonomy but has not been used.

Best 73 de IK1AMC Gilio.

12 Aug 2012 IZ7FSY 14,070 PSK31 8:36

12 Aug 2012 GM4XAW 14,070 PSK31 8:48

12 Aug 2012 LX1ITI 14,070 PSK31 8:56

12 Aug 2012 DD9ZZ 14,070 PSK31 8:58

12 Aug 2012 DK9KW 14,070 PSK31 9:04

12 Aug 2012 OE3FFA 14,070 PSK31 9:10

12 Aug 2012 OK1AW 14,070 PSK31 9:17

12 Aug 2012 9A4KW 21,070 PSK31 9:26

12 Aug 2012 ON4AVT 21,070 PSK31 9:26

12 Aug 2012 DK0ZG 21,070 PSK31 9:30

12 Aug 2012 PC3M 21,070 PSK31 9:33

12 Aug 2012 DG7EKJ 21,070 PSK31 9:39

12 Aug 2012 GO6XOU/P 21,070 PSK31 9.48

12 Aug 2012 DM5HF 21,070 PSK31 9:51

12 Aug 2012 M0YDK 14,070 PSK31 9:59

12 Aug 2012 SP1TJ 14,070 PSK31 10:00

12 Aug 2012 PD2ATG 14,070 PSK31 10:04

12 Aug 2012 HB9ENU 14,070 PSK31 10:09

12 Aug 2012 DR1B 21,070 PSK31 10:18

12 Aug 2012 ON7II 14,070 PSK31 10.26

12 Aug 2012 DO1EWT 21,070 PSK31 10.36

12 Aug 2012 DK7EC 14,070 PSK31 10:41

 

 


N6MG & WØPE as W6QP, 13-19 August
 

W6QP_2012APE_DSC01940
Official APE Ground Rod, Interesting, huh?

W6QP_2012APE_DSC01937
Official APE Operator N6MG

W6QP_2012APE_W0PE - APE 2012a
W0PE - APE 2012 = Official APE Operator W0PE (Humor)

W6QP_2012APE_DSC00540
Official W6QP APE Eatery - The best food in Running Springs, Ca.
 
W6QP APE 2012 was a good time. It gave us a chance to add to the W6QP LONP count as well as hand 070-1454 to those that needed it. Although we didnt spend the time we've spent in the past, we wanted to give out APE contacts to as many fellow 070 folks as possible. The conditions experienced were good by day and outstanding after dark.

W6QP Club Station:
Kenwood TS-480 HX at 40 watts into an LDG AT 200 Pro and feeding a G5RV, suspended from existing mega sized pine trees.

Contacts: 167
070 Contacts: 47
 
Thanks to all that worked us and spotted us on the 070 reflector and Telnet.
 
73,

Milt, N6MG

 

W6QP - APE, 2012
               
CALL DATE BAND MODE TIME RST(S) RST(R) ENTITY
               
CE4SFC 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 23:44 599 599 Chile
N2GXJ 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 23:31 599 599 USA
K8GGL 8/13/2012 15 PSK31 22:37 599 469 USA
WQ9Z 8/13/2012 15 PSK31 22:23 599 599 USA
ZL1LC 8/13/2012 15 PSK31 22:12 539 355 New Zealand
KF7PXU 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 21:48 599 599 USA
N0UIL 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 21:25 599 599 USA
VE6AGE 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 21:17 599 599 Canada
EA1AHY 8/13/2012 15 PSK31 20:48 599 599 Spain
WA7HDZ 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 20:02 599 599 USA
KJ4IZW 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 19:50 599 599 USA
W5FER 8/13/2012 20 PSK31 19:34 599 599 USA
W5ZHI 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 21:46 599 599 USA
KD0NZY 8/14/2012 15 PSK31 21:12 599 599 USA
F6GCP 8/14/2012 15 PSK31 21:05 599 599 USA
KE4OOI 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 20:49 599 599 USA
KF7EE 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 20:41 599 599 USA
KF5JXP 8/14/2012 17 PSK31 18:15 599 599 USA
K7TRK 8/14/2012 15 PSK31 17:44 377 599 USA
NU4C 8/14/2012 15 PSK31 16:22 599 599 USA
W5VGR 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 14:43 599 599 USA
N7QU 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 14:32 599 599 USA
ZR6DX 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 14:27 599 599 South Africa
KA8JHD 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 14:17 599 599 USA
K8TOM 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 14:09 599 599 USA
W6QP 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 14:01     USA
N6MG 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 13:58 599 599 USA
WB5NHL 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 13:51 599 599 USA
VA3MJR 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 13:44 599 599 Canada
WQ9Z 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 13:37 599 599 USA
VE6VLV 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 5:57 599 599 Canada
K6BDK 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 5:40 599 599 USA
K6BDK 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 5:27 599 599 USA
AC6YY/6 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 5:19 599 599 USA
ND7W 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:48 599 599 USA
K8TOM 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:40 599 599 USA
K7PWL 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:35 599 599 USA
KJ4IZW 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:29 599 599 USA
N6PCD 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:24 599 599 USA
N2GXT 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:19 599 599 USA
K9PLX 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:10 599 599 USA
K9VIC 8/14/2012 40 PSK31 3:02 599 599 USA
CE1WFM 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 2:49 599 599 Chile
N6PCD 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 2:40 599 599 USA
KR4U 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 2:33 599 599 USA
VA7GEM 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 2:20 599 599 Canada
KG4KRB 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 2:12 599 599 USA
W3HF 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 2:06 599 599 USA
VE6KAD 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 1:58 599 599 Canada
K6FN 8/14/2012 20 PSK31 0:31 599 599 USA
W8TTY 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 23:56 599 599 USA
W8TBX 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 23:52 599 599 USA
KX7DJ 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 21:55 599 599 USA
W7PAQ 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 21:32 599 599 USA
K7TRK 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 21:23 599 599 USA
N0EF 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 21:06 599 599 USA
WD9DUI 8/16/2012 15 PSK31 18:03 599 599 USA
VE6DJT 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 17:09 599 599 Canada
W5FER 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 17:03 599 599 USA
NO8R 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 16:43 599 599 USA
KB3NPH 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 16:34 599 599 USA
WG5T 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 16:26 599 599 USA
KI4EBD 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 16:15 599 599 USA
N9AVY 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 16:05 599 599 USA
CO4SM 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 15:39 599 599 Cuba
KF3AA 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 15:10 599 599 USA
VA7GEM 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 15:06 599 599 Canada
W4KRN 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 14:57 599 599 USA
AG0O 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 14:56 599 599 USA
W4FGA 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 14:29 599 599 USA
N7CQU 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 14:23 599 599 USA
W0PE 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 14:15 599 599 USA
W1YK 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 14:12 599 599 USA
WA8RPQ 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 13:59 599 599 USA
VK7KT 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 13:43 599 599 Australia
JH9FNB 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 5:38 599 599 Japan
YV5MM 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 5:34 599 599 Venezuela
W4RDD 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 5:26 599 599 USA
JA1LZB 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 5:15 599 599 Japan
VK7KT 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 5:05 599 599 Australia
UA1OM 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 5:01 599 599 European Russia
W6ZH 8/16/2012 40 PSK31 4:15 599 599 USA
YV1FPT 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 4:02 599 599 Venezuela
AD7OY/P 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 3:57 599 599 USA
KK4JOW 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 3:40 599 599 USA
FK8GX 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 3:31 599 599 New Caledonia
K7JBS 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 2:37 599 599 USA
K6FN 8/16/2012 20 PSK31 2:25 599 599 USA
WB6YTE 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 18:39 599 599 USA
WB5NHL 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 16:41 599 599 USA
N6PCD 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 16:33 599 599 USA
KA0IBF 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 16:12 599 599 USA
VE3IZZ 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:56 599 599 Canada
N2SI 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:41 599 599 USA
K8GGL 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:37 599 599 USA
K6VIB 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:22 599 599 USA
NU4C 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:17 599 599 USA
W5XZ 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:10 599 599 USA
K8PL 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 15:06 599 599 USA
K4OP 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 14:54 599 599 USA
WQ9Z 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 13:08 599 599 USA
AC0QG 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 12:53 599 599 USA
KD0QYN 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 12:36 599 599 USA
KB3DH 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 12:32 599 599 USA
VK4ALO 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 12:17 599 599 Australia
NU4C 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 12:12 599 599 USA
KD0CA 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 12:11 599 599 USA
K8GGL 8/17/2012 40 PSK31 11:54 599 599 USA
W1WLH/P 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 3:16 599 599 USA
KJ8O 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 0:37 599 599 USA
KB5HG 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 0:24 599 599 USA
W0MJ 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 0:23 599 599 USA
KB5OI 8/17/2012 20 PSK31 0:23 599 599 USA
KK4JSJ 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 18:31 599 599 USA
W6LY 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 18:15 599 599 USA
W7RIV 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 16:44 599 599 USA
K8TOM 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 16:24 555 599 USA
KJ6MQE 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 16:21 599 599 USA
W7JSD 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 15:54 599 599 USA
YY5CWM 8/18/2012 15 PSK31 15:50 599 599 Venezuela
LU8HGI 8/18/2012 15 PSK31 15:47 599 599 Argentina
K8IJ 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 13:44 555 599 USA
VI5CW 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 13:28 599 599 Australia
N8BB 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 13:26 599 599 USA
WQ9Z 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 11:57 599 599 USA
WJ1B 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 10:10 599 599 USA
CO8KP 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 6:12 599 599 Cuba
JA1CLW 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 6:00 599 599 Japan
AG6IF 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 5:21 599 599 USA
HA0ML 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 4:39 599 599 Hungary
CO8WZ 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 4:17 599 599 Cuba
YY4DNN 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 4:15 599 599 Venezuela
K9PLX 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 3:52 599 599 USA
W4KRN 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 3:46 599 599 USA
N1SPX/P 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 3:39 599 599 USA
KB9TYT 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 3:12 599 599 USA
K5TRM 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 3:12 599 599 USA
WM9V 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 2:47 599 599 USA
KI6WJ 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 2:38 599 599 USA
W0PE 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 2:21 599 599 USA
CM2ECO 8/18/2012 40 PSK31 2:09 599 599 Cuba
N7CQU/P 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 1:59 599 599 USA
VE3NOO 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 1:42 599 599 Canada
KC6QHP 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 1:22 599 599 USA
FG4PK 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 1:18 599 599 Guadeloupe
HK3Q 8/18/2012 20 PSK31 1:11 599 599 Colombia
KF4WBJ 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 21:50 599 599 USA
K9GO 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 21:39 599 579 USA
K4BDC 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 21:32 599 599 USA
W1IDL 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 21:19 599 599 USA
LU6EE 8/19/2012 10 PSK31 21:01 599 599 Argentina
XQ7UP/3 8/19/2012 12 PSK31 20:57 599 599 Chile
XE1/AA0AA 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 20:05 599 599 Mexico
WA0JZK 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 19:52 599 599 USA
W7JJL 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 19:45 599 599 USA
WH6AA 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 19:36 599 599 Hawaii
W6PST 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 19:28 599 599 USA
W6QAR 8/19/2012 10 PSK31 19:06 599 599 USA
K4LYJ 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 17:48 599 599 USA
AC7GI 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 17:32 599 599 USA
KD0OYE 8/19/2012 20 PSK31 17:27 599 599 USA
K8GGL 8/19/2012 15 PSK31 17:07 599 579 USA
K0QBW 8/19/2012 15 PSK31 16:58 599 599 USA
WA6HZV 8/19/2012 15 PSK31 16:47 599 599 USA
CM3RPN 8/19/2012 15 PSK31 16:42 599 599 Cuba
KE4URL 8/19/2012 10 PSK31 16:32 599 599 USA
N8YYD 8/19/2012 10 PSK31 16:18 599 599 USA
KD6DWX 8/19/2012 10 PSK31 16:06 599 599 USA

 

 

 

 


AD7OY, 15-16 August

AD7OY_2012_Ape

 

After a 13 hour drive from home to Laramie, Wyoming, weather and family matters prevented me from operating until the 15th. After getting the antenna up and on the air I found the band in decent condition. I began operating qrp with my normal travel rig and all was well for the first few contacts but as the band congestion came up it seem difficult for operators to find me, so I switched trancievers and finished the APE putting out 20 watts.

The initial set up for the station consisted of a Yaesu FT817 @ 5 watts, transmitting through a BuddyStick Antenna mounted to the ladder on the back of the fifth wheel travel trailer. An NUEPSK modem was used direct to the tranciever. To increase power capability due to band conditions I switched off to a Yaesu FT897D @ 20w to complete the APE.

A delay in our departure plans allowed me to operate a short time on the morning of August 16 and that resulted in a few additional contacts. A total of thirty contacts were made including Canada, Cuba and the APE operating at Running Srpings California. This was my first successful APE and I am sure that it will not be my last as we are already planning some trips for next summer when the XYL is off school for the summer.

Sorry for a lack of pictures but I havent seemed to master sending pics with my iPhone to an email yet. Here is a pic of the rig set up with the FT897D.
AD7OY_2012APE_rigphoto
Log Data

Call Date Time Freq 070 Notes

W5FER 08/15 2020 14.070 *

W7NBH 08/15 2030 14.070

W6NEV 08/15 2110 14.071

WG5T 08/15 2315 14.070 *

VA7GEM 08/15 2325 14.070 * British Columbia, Canada

K8TOM 08/15 2327 14.070 *

AF6YO 08/15 2340 14.070

KM5YE 08/15 2352 14.070 Rio Rancho NM (Lost mid contact)

NO8R 08/16 0000 14.071 *

N9NTC 08/16 0012 14.071 * (Lost mid contact)

W7CPG 08/16 0032 14.071

VA3MJR 08/16 0038 14.071 * Hamilton, Ontario

KA8G 08/16 0048 14.071

W9JFB 08/16 0054 14.071 *

N7WU 08/16 0103 14.071

W0PE 08/16 0202 14.071 *

KB5GA 08/16 0208 14.071

K2GT 08/16 0213 14.071

W7ZT 08/16 0219 14.071

N7QU 08/16 0227 14.071 *

NF7D 08/16 0234 14.071 *

CO8QZ 08/16 0236 14.071 Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

W6QP 08/16 0247 14.071 * Milt, APE @ Running Springs, CA

N6MG 08/16 0254 14.071 *

N2SI 08/16 0300 14.071 *

K4DCG 08/16 1915 14.071

WA7HDZ 08/16 1928 14.071 *

W5WDY 08/16 2039 14.071

W5WRJ 08/16 2010 14.071

K7TRK 08/16 2018 14.071 *

 


 

N7CQU, 17-18 August

A very short story about my APE. I have never been camping before so this was quite a thing for me. The radio set up went well and also the tent and awning. The weather was another thing, we left Eugene with temps at about 85 and got to the coast and the temps were around 60. As the night came it was very much colder. Almost froze to death (lol) and it was also the dogs first time. We were quite a pair of rookies. The next day things were a little better, radio conditions were not as good as I wanted but made my 20. Sunday morning around 3:30 a m I had to go to the bathroom, not good, fell out of tent. Not many folks fall out of tents, but I will be camping again. Lots of fun and laughs. W7JY and wife Dixie were with me on the trip, in their motor home. N7QU was along as well to do the hard work of laughing at my new camping experience.

Some pics attached, I have my head under a towel so I could see the computer it worked real well.
N7CQU_2012APE_019

N7CQU_2012APE_007

N7CQU_2012APE_008


Date Time Call 070# Band

 

8-17 2010 N6STA 1516 20

8-17 2042 VE6VLV 20

8-17 2052 K3BFQ 20

8-17 2224 VE3NOO 20

8-17 2259 W6QP 1454 20

8-17 2303 N6MG 650 20

8-17 2314 W0PE 975 20

8-17 2317 K5USF 20

8-17 2331 KJ6MQE 20

8-17 2350 NK9N 20

8-18 1313 N7QU 339 20

8-18 1757 W7JSD 20

8-18 2106 KK6BJ 20

8-18 2156 K9ZJ 20

8-18 2256 KE0VCC 20

8-18 2312 AB6ZQ 20

8-19 0237 W8TTY 20

8-19 0249 K8WDX 20

8-19 0326 WV3E 20

8-19 0342 KD8LMM 20

 


N3PPH & KF3AA as K3CAL, 18-19 August

Bob KF3AA and I, N3PPH, both belong to the same local club: Calvert Amateur Radio Association Inc. and have been trying to expose the rest of our club to the joys of PSK. We as a club were going to activate a lighthouse so we decided to setup a digital station as the location met all APE requirements. We worked with Bob’s Mystery Antenna and were on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Being a club event we were fed well and enjoyed a lot of company. We had a good weekend and hope to find a way to APE again in the future.

K3CAL_APE2012image003
KF3AA on the air.

K3CAL_APE2012image005

This is our antenna collection, when we arrived in the morning there were none, just as we left it.

73,

Bob N3PPH


K3CAL Log:

Date Time Callsign
08/18/12 1644 K8GGL
  1647 K8TOM
  1652 V39SLH
  1706 KJ8O
  1712 KC8WPW
  1725 NW8S
  1749 KP3RE
  1837 KP3ER
  1903 N8KMY
  1916 CS5DFG
  2021 W5WF
  2027 NO8R
  2203 K7TRK
  2215 IK5ZUB
  2220 WB5K
  2223 EB3JT
  2231 K5UOR
  2235 WA7HDZ
  2243 KT4NM
  2318 VE4OK
  2344 W3HF
  2347 RA6ASU
  2352 UA6HJT
08/19/12 0014 N4THG
  0015 K9VIC
  0020 VA3MJR
  0024 EW6FW
  0031 KB3DHE
  0046 W1JN
  0059 CO6GU
  0110 N3AIN
  0115 WG5T
  0120 KF2GQ
  0148 CW5X
  1251 W5FER
  1319 WQ9Z
  1350 WB9IXF
  1502 N3PPH
  1537 KF3AA

 


W7RIV, 17-19 August
 

I was very excited for APE. This is my first year as a amateur operator and I have been loving digital. I had the opportunity to get up in the mountains with my family and friends. We headed to Heber, Utah and it was beautiful. Except my performance on the radio. I spent a fair amount of time searching and most times I could hear, but I just wasn't getting anyone to respond. There were even some event stations that I tried to get as well. But, in the end I fell very short. I don't get discouraged, I just look forward to next August. I think where I went wrong was the experience of using my vertical loop and maybe the location. I ended up being further back in the mountains putting me a little closer than I had expected. The equipment I was using, Elecraft K3/100 & Samlex 1223 Power Supply going into a DK9SQ Vertical Loop using Signalink USB and Ham Radio Deluxe.

 


W7RIV_2012APE_Antenna Location
The center post is where I had attached my DK9SQ Vertical Loop

W7RIV_2012APE_Cabin Panorama
This is the overlook of where I was operating


W7RIV_2012APE_Chipmunk
I had many friends hanging out with me, this little guy was one


W7RIV_2012APE_Fans
I had many fans this weekend, these were 3 of the cutest


W7RIV_2012APE_Moose
Not only did I have small friends, but I also had large ones, both mornings the Moose came by the lake


W7RIV_2012APE_Rainbow Trout
The trout were all over in the lake, they happened to be fed by the owners of the cabin and would come to shore with very little effort


W7RIV_2012APE_Station
This is my station and where I was located while operating


N3PPH & KF3AA as K3CAL, 18-19 August

Bob KF3AA and I, N3PPH, both belong to the same local club: Calvert Amateur Radio Association Inc. and have been trying to expose the rest of our club to the joys of PSK. We as a club were going to activate a lighthouse so we decided to setup a digital station as the location met all APE requirements. We worked with Bob’s Mystery Antenna and were on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Being a club event we were fed well and enjoyed a lot of company. We had a good weekend and hope to find a way to APE again in the future.

K3CAL_APE2012image003
KF3AA on the air.

K3CAL_APE2012image005

This is our antenna collection, when we arrived in the morning there were none, just as we left it.

73,

Bob N3PPH


K3CAL Log:

Date Time Callsign
08/18/12 1644 K8GGL
  1647 K8TOM
  1652 V39SLH
  1706 KJ8O
  1712 KC8WPW
  1725 NW8S
  1749 KP3RE
  1837 KP3ER
  1903 N8KMY
  1916 CS5DFG
  2021 W5WF
  2027 NO8R
  2203 K7TRK
  2215 IK5ZUB
  2220 WB5K
  2223 EB3JT
  2231 K5UOR
  2235 WA7HDZ
  2243 KT4NM
  2318 VE4OK
  2344 W3HF
  2347 RA6ASU
  2352 UA6HJT
08/19/12 0014 N4THG
  0015 K9VIC
  0020 VA3MJR
  0024 EW6FW
  0031 KB3DHE
  0046 W1JN
  0059 CO6GU
  0110 N3AIN
  0115 WG5T
  0120 KF2GQ
  0148 CW5X
  1251 W5FER
  1319 WQ9Z
  1350 WB9IXF
  1502 N3PPH
  1537 KF3AA

 


N7QU & N7MQ, 23-26 August

 

After several years of saying we should do an APE, George N7QU and I
went over to a campground on the Oregon coast, near the Oregon Sand
Dunes, at Florence Oregon.

We reserved a park site, which turned out to be a terrific radio site.
Upon arriving on Thursday, August 24th, we used an antenna launcher to
pop some lines into fir and pine trees, and then hauled up a G5RV.  At
the end of the camp site, I put up a two element end fire 20 meter
vertical array.

We took Band Pass Filters, but the antennas were just too close together
for the filters to work ... and almost all contacts were on 20 meters,
so George and I took turns on 20, him on his dipole and me on the array.

Some foggy weather, other times very sunny; but always cool and
occasionally cold at night which prevented operating after dark. Lots of
good eats and a great time.  Hard work mining those Q's. New
appreciation for those who have gone on multiple APEs.

N7MQ_APE_2012_verts and MQ

 

N7MQ_APE_2012_FOG JETTY

 

N7MQ_APE_2012_n7mq

 

N7MQ_APE_2012_SUN PAC

 

N7MQ_APE_2012_Geo canopy

 

N7MQ_APE_2012_site and cars

 

N7MQ_APE_2012_foggy campground

	All reports 599 SENT/599 RECEIVED, unless otherwise shown:

N7QU	8/23/2012	2324	20	PSK31	GEORGEe	070 #339
KO6IZ	8/23/2012	2340	20		MIKE
W7JY	8/24/2012	0213	40		PETE
W2TMT			0220	20		
KF5OIO			0238	20		BRIAN
N0O			0249	20
K0PVW			0250	20		BRYAN
K7AAT			0256	40		ED
AD0BK			0333	20		SANATH  [Note: rest of QSOs all on 20]
VE6KAD			0345	[rest on 20]	KEVIN
W6AMY			0350			PHIL	
WQ6C			0354			CARL
W0LPR			1422			HOUSTON
CO6RD			1432			REY
CO8WZ			1501			RUBEN
KG4JO			1506			
NQ6L			1511			NORM
KG4JOK			1518			WALTER
W6YJE			1547			BOB
KC9KZQ			1600			DON
K8IRC			1820			BART
K4KBL			1828			JERRY
W7RKU			1835			VIC
W8IDW			1925			JOHN .... in OH on his APE
K4DCG			1929			DAVID
W3IY			2341			CARL
N2DP			2348			JERRY
VA6JB	8/25/2012	0001			JOHN
W5JDA			0006			JOSH
K9H			0006			cHUCK K9PXL/#930 and MITCH K9ZO/#967-OPS
WQ9Z			0020			ROY
W4UOR			1345			FRANK
KG4KGL			1352			ROBERT
KK6BJ			1622			BRUCE
K8ARC			1628			BRYAN
K1BHX			1630			EARL
W5WR			1641			CADDO LAKE, TX APE
KH6GRT			1751			PETE
AD7MI			1753
KD0JLE			1758
KC0ZVN			1806			GARY
K0A			1813			ROBERT
KS0KS			1817
KD5ZDU			1920			JEFF
N2TSJ			1932			JIM [AGE 90]
AG0Z			1940			GALEN
KC0DEB			1948			JOHN #069
VE3IZZ			2134			GUY
W3DP			2135			DON
N7PTM			2143			BOB
WS0O			2148			CHAUNCE
KC0DJB			2200			KEITH
KK7RT			2307			BOB
K4GDR			2314			BILL
W8TTY			2322			AL
KE4TH			2342			KEITH 599/459
KB5IRC	8/26/2012	0209			STONY
W3HF			0207			STEVE #025  559/559
KA5VZG			0212			ALAN  #1509  599/559
WB3DLS			0244			BILL  599/579
KE5PYF			0255			DAVE #1081
AI5W			0300			MARIO
KF2GQ			0309			ROBERT #710
WK5X			0316			BOB
KB0QC			1436			RICH
N0F			1443
KB3QHA			1457			BRIAN

APE at OREGON SAND DUNES, FLORENCE, OREGON
MARK PERRIN N7MQ 070 #1098
AUGUST 24-26, 2012			
N7QU log:
End date UTC RX kHz Mode Call RST S RST R Name QTH Notes
-------------------- -------- ------ --------- ----- ----- --------------- ----------- ----------------
23-Aug-2012 23:10:08 14071.0 BPSK31 WQ9Z 599 599 roy il 519
23-Aug-2012 23:20:18 14071.8 BPSK31 W1HEN 599 599 rick ct
23-Aug-2012 23:26:12 14071.5 BPSK31 N7MQ 599 599 mark or 1098
23-Aug-2012 23:57:19 14071.7 BPSK31 W7PAQ 599 599 frank mt 354
24-Aug-2012 00:00:33 14071.7 BPSK31 WB2QEF 599 599 elwood nj
24-Aug-2012 00:20:47 14071.1 BPSK31 AD0BK 599 599 sanath sd
24-Aug-2012 00:41:16 14071.3 BPSK31 NO8R 599 599 delos mi 777
24-Aug-2012 02:01:20 7040.0 BPSK31 ND0K 599 599 lee mo
24-Aug-2012 02:09:44 7039.8 BPSK31 W7JY 599 599 pete or
24-Aug-2012 02:15:43 7039.7 BPSK31 N7CQU 599 599 bette or 698
24-Aug-2012 02:59:55 7039.7 BPSK31 K7AAT 599 599 ed or
24-Aug-2012 03:13:32 14070.4 BPSK31 AH6JA 599 599 harvey hi
24-Aug-2012 03:21:04 7040.3 BPSK31 VE3NOO 599 599 michael ontario
24-Aug-2012 13:44:16 14071.0 BPSK31 ZS2CR 599 599 colette pwr failure
24-Aug-2012 14:00:22 14071.3 BPSK31 ZS2CR 599 599 colette
24-Aug-2012 14:09:32 14070.8 BPSK31 AA2MF/4 599 599 rich fl
24-Aug-2012 14:20:42 14069.9 BPSK31 W0LPR 599 599 houston mo
24-Aug-2012 14:42:47 14070.4 BPSK31 ZR2SAP 599 599 shaun
24-Aug-2012 14:54:25 14070.6 BPSK31 W4EFT 599 599 elvis al
24-Aug-2012 15:40:32 14070.2 BPSK31 CO8WZ 599 599 rueben
24-Aug-2012 16:47:16 14069.8 BPSK31 N7MJ 599 599 jack wy 1561
24-Aug-2012 17:53:19 14069.6 BPSK31 VA6JB 599 599 john
24-Aug-2012 18:00:27 14070.4 BPSK31 N1AB 599 599 steve ca
24-Aug-2012 18:04:09 14070.4 BPSK31 AE5BI 599 599 steve ca
24-Aug-2012 18:58:54 14070.4 BPSK31 K4KBL 599 599 jerry ga
24-Aug-2012 19:08:36 14071.3 BPSK31 K2PSD 599 599 ron nj
24-Aug-2012 19:13:52 14069.3 BPSK31 W8IDW 599 599 john oh 1425
24-Aug-2012 19:42:01 14069.7 BPSK31 K4DCG 599 599 david ky
24-Aug-2012 20:48:42 14071.2 BPSK31 W1EMQ 599 599 chuck
24-Aug-2012 21:05:31 14070.9 BPSK31 K9ZJ 599 599 rich wi
24-Aug-2012 22:08:47 14071.4 BPSK31 W5ZHI 599 599 dick nm
24-Aug-2012 22:56:24 14070.8 BPSK31 K9H 599 599 mitch and chuck 930 and 937 not sure of time
25-Aug-2012 14:04:17 14070.8 BPSK31 YW5B 599 599
25-Aug-2012 14:13:45 14071.4 BPSK31 KS0SA/P 599 599 sandy mo
25-Aug-2012 14:32:03 14070.5 BPSK31 KC2WTG 599 599 george nj
25-Aug-2012 17:08:48 14072.2 BPSK31 AD7MI/KH6 599 599 scott hi
25-Aug-2012 17:14:26 14070.5 BPSK31 AH6RR 599 599 roland hi
25-Aug-2012 17:23:50 14072.1 BPSK31 JH2DBQ 599 599 Teo
25-Aug-2012 17:38:26 14071.8 BPSK31 KS0KS 599 599 larry ks
25-Aug-2012 17:41:57 14071.0 BPSK31 KH6DQ 599 599 jack hi
25-Aug-2012 18:32:35 14070.4 BPSK31 VA6DBA 599 599 dave
25-Aug-2012 18:46:10 14070.4 BPSK31 VE3QN 599 599 bryan
25-Aug-2012 19:13:31 14071.9 BPSK31 WQ6C 599 599 carl ca
25-Aug-2012 20:13:40 14071.7 BPSK31 N8KMY 599 599 craig mi
25-Aug-2012 20:33:37 14070.8 BPSK31 W5FER 599 599 jim tx
25-Aug-2012 20:46:51 14070.8 BPSK31 WA6OWM 599 599 ray ca
25-Aug-2012 20:53:41 14070.4 BPSK31 W7SVD 599 599 charles az
25-Aug-2012 21:00:47 14071.3 BPSK31 N0O 599 599 rob ks
25-Aug-2012 21:21:11 14071.2 BPSK31 KD0MTA 599 599 john ks
25-Aug-2012 21:28:20 14070.8 BPSK31 VE3IZZ 599 599 guy
25-Aug-2012 22:35:50 14071.2 BPSK31 KD0NZY 599 599 nils mn
25-Aug-2012 22:55:56 14070.1 BPSK31 N2YVE 599 599 robert ny
25-Aug-2012 23:44:13 14071.2 BPSK31 WA1KBE 599 599 steve ma
26-Aug-2012 00:01:56 14071.3 BPSK31 W7WIA 599 599 oliver ca 658
26-Aug-2012 01:50:57 14070.9 BPSK31 AE7CW 599 599 chuck az
26-Aug-2012 02:23:04 14070.3 BPSK31 AF5FH 599 599 jim nm
26-Aug-2012 02:27:38 14070.3 BPSK31 KD8KFQ 599 599 rob wv
26-Aug-2012 02:36:19 14071.2 BPSK31 W5WRJ 599 599 wayne tx
26-Aug-2012 02:43:15 7040.0 BPSK31 KC7EQL 599 599 mark wa
26-Aug-2012 13:54:11 14071.9 BPSK31 W5JDA 599 599 josh tx 1556
26-Aug-2012 14:16:54 14072.0 BPSK31 AB8O 599 599 john oh
26-Aug-2012 14:27:38 14071.4 BPSK31 W4UOR 599 599 frank nc
26-Aug-2012 15:10:46 14070.1 BPSK31 K0A 599 599 ks
26-Aug-2012 15:15:01 14071.2 BPSK31 W7BOZ 599 599 kevin ut
26-Aug-2012 15:24:27 14070.9 BPSK31 WA8RPK 599 599 tom oh

 


W8IDW, 24 August

 

PODXS 070 August Portable Expedition

August 24, 2012

Lake Hope State Park, Ohio – W8IDW Operation

 

W8IDW_2012APE_pic1

 

My first 070 A.P.E was a good news / bad news affair.

Bad news – didn’t make 20 contacts.

Good news – exceptional weather, great setup location and valuable antenna experimentation.

Lake Hope State Park is located in the Hocking Hills region of Southeastern Ohio, in the Wayne National Forest. About 20 miles from Athens OH, it is easily reached from the north via Nelsonville and from the south by US Rt 50 and State Rt 278.

 

Leaving home on the WV side of the Ohio River around 9:30 am put me at the large parking area I planned to use a little after 11 am. A convenient picnic shelter was an alternate operating location, but appeared to be occupied by a rather large group so the completely deserted parking area filled the bill nicely.

 

W8IDW_2012APE_pic2

 

 

The station was setup on the tailgate with my movable ‘shadebrella’ to chase the sun from the computer screen as the day progressed.

 

My portable setup for digital operation consists of:

·Icom IC-7000

·LDG IT-100 tuner

·HP Netbook / Win7 operating. system

·AirLink Express software (by KR1ST) for PSK31 / digital modes

·Scratch paper, radio manual, quick guide, etc.

 

W8IDW_2012APE_pic3

 

 

 

 

A comment regarding the IC-7000.

 

A set of cables I found from www.xggcomms.com make digital operation a total breeze with this radio. Connect one cable from the radio’s 13 pin DIN acc socket to the computer ‘smart phone’ jack via a ‘Y’ split cable that combines mic and phones into a single 4 conductor plug and you have instant sound card control. Plug the USB connector from the netbook to the radio remote jack to the computer smart phone jack and you have radio control from any computer software program. Set AirLink Express software to recognize the IC-7000 and you are in business for PSK, RTTY, etc.

 

[Send Steve (G8XGG) an email and he can advise you about cables for a variety of Icom and Yaesu radio models. Completely eliminates the tricky setup of other more complicated interface schemes.]

 

I have some choices when it comes to portable antenna operation. When initially setting up my portable station, I decided to look for a ‘system’ that would perform over a wide range of conditions, bands and modes. After some research, I settled on a Chameleon V11 multi-band horizontal dipole kit.

 

As I operated various ‘portable’ events, I added other antenna alternatives.

 

·OPEK HVT-600 10 band “mobile”.

·DX Engineering NVIS wire.

·Emergency Amateur Radio Club (EARC) end-fed matchbox wire. An excellent END FED 6 – 40 Meter Multiband HF Antenna project that you can build from their plans or buy readymade – see http://www.earchi.org/92011endfedfiles/Endfed6_40.pdf

[I have three random wire lengths – 30, 50 and 70 ft (approx.) depending on setup circumstances]

 

 

I decided to leave my Chameleon in the bag this time and go with the NVIS to hopefully get some Ohio and PA contacts and the OPEK mobile. If time permitted, play with the EARC wires. That would mean breaking out my antenna shooter – more on that later.

 

 

W8IDW_2012APE_pic4

 

 

A little after noon I got everything connected and the station actually on the air. A quick check of the bands for activity (unfortunately I did not have a WIFI or cell signal) and I started ‘running’ on 20 meters. The entire APE was conducted on 20 meters as I never found any prop on the other bands.

 

Started out on the NVIS antenna (see photo) but not much coming my way so I switched to the OPEK. It was the top performer all day as it turned out. The NVIS is a four wire affair that sits atop a 16 ft painter pole (Lowes) which is anchored via a rooftop aluminum tripod. See their writeup at:

http://static.dxengineering.com/pdf/WP-NVIS-Rev2.pdf

 

Got a couple 070 members early then kind of a dry spell. Several stations on the waterfall but not many coming my way. After a couple hours and few contacts, I decided to take a break and put up the medium random wire and give the EARC matchbox a try.

 

In order to use the trees that surrounded the area where I was parked, I broke out my version of the pneumatic PVC antenna launcher that I build from plans by K8BLO.

[ http://www.qsl.net/k8blo/launcher.pdf ]

 

 

 

W8IDW_2012APE_pic5

 

 

Plug in the 12volt air compressor, charge the tank, shoot the ‘dumbell’ over a handy limb, pull your antenna rope back over using the mason’s line, clip it to the antenna and haul away.

 

 

W8IDW_2012APE_pic6

 

 

I modified the matchbox wire project a bit by mounting the matchbox to an ‘L’ bracket which has an eyebolt for one side of the antenna rope, and a strain relief for the coax drop.

 

This is the first time I had tried the wire antenna in actual operating conditions. Glad I got the chance to deploy it (even though the best “talking” antenna I used all day was the OPEK 600), because I plan to have a wire up for this year’s Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) contest I am working in September.

 

So here is the log of contacts I managed working the APE from noon to 5:30 pm (EDT).

 

 

 

Date

Time

Call

070#

Band

Comment

24-Aug-2012

1649

W5FER

1217

20

 

24-Aug-2012

1656

N7MJ

1561

20

 

24-Aug-2012

1914

N7QU/P

339

20

Running an APE

24-Aug-2012

1926

N7MQ

1098

20

Running an APE

24-Aug-2012

1947

CO6RD

---

20

 

24-Aug-2012

2026

DL8ZBA

---

20

 

24-Aug-2012

2047

DK7SS

---

20

 

24-Aug-2012

2115

F1HSY

---

20

 

24-Aug-2012

2124

K3NSA

---

20

 

 

 

John Pitner – W8IDW

 

 

Had the opportunity to exercise my portable station, on a really nice day, play with some new antenna options, and had nice qso’s, just not enough. Thank you to the operators who worked me and maybe we’ll do it again next year.

 


 

 

W5WF, 25-26 August

 

On Friday the 25th of August, Larry Brown, WB5CXC and I made an uneventful trip of 216 miles to Uncertain, Texas located on Caddo Lake - the only natural lake in Texas. We stayed in small New Orleans style cottages at Lafittes Landing Guest Quarters.
W5WF_2012APE_cabins

Saturday morning after scouting the area we found the best position for our antenna. We set up the portable station inside one of the cottages because the Texas heat, mosquitoes, and humidity outside were more than either one of us wanted to endure. Our portable station consisted of a Kenwood 480 sat with a hamstick dipole at about 15 ft.; our computer was a MacBook Pro running on Windows 7 with a Signalink USB interface. For software we used HRD 5.23 and DM-780. With only minor problems we operated except for a break Saturday due to storm conditions. We were surprised at how well the hamstick dipole worked. Band conditions we felt were very good.
W5WF_2012APE_DSC02169(1)
W5WF_2012APE_DSC02141(1)

Thirteen of our contacts were with PODXS 070 club members. We had two DX contacts one with Scott XE1/AA0AA in Mexico and the other with Sig 5Z4EE in Kenya.

Our complete log is as follows:

Date Callsign Band Time PODXS

8/25/12 K8ARC 20m 1554

8/25/12 N7MQ 20m 1641 1098

8/25/12 W4IJY 20m 1646

8/25/12 KZ2R 20m 1711

8/25/12 NO8R 20m 1842 777

8/25/12 W9JMJ 20m 1848 1330

8/25/12 KD8KFQ 20m 1855

8/25/12 N2GXJ 20m 1902 1424

8/25/12 W4HQF 20m 1911

8/25/12 K8FER 20m 2009

8/25/12 N8ALQ 20m 2025

8/25/12 W3BUG 20m 2308

8/25/12 W3HF 20m 2315 025

8/25/12 W4HIX 20m 2327

8/25/12 K7TRK 20m 2342 1028

8/25/12 W3IY 20m 2347

8/25/12 KE4TH 20m 2354

8/26/12 WT6X 20m 0000 614

8/26/12 K8JMB 20m 0008

8/26/12 WB5NHL 20m 0024 143

8/26/12 XE1/AA0AA 20m 0032 1550

8/26/12 N9YOD 20m 0041

8/26/12 5Z4EE 20m 0048

8/26/12 WA3FRQ 20m 0056

8/26/12 WG8W 20m 0101

8/26/12 WA3WZR 20m 0113 875

8/26/12 KK4FYN 20m 0123

8/26/12 KJ4WEH 20m 0131

8/26/12 W0PE 20m 0142 975

8/26/12 AC0QG 20m 0145 1222

8/26/12 W9HZ 20m 0151

8/26/12 W1IPS 20m 0159 646

8/26/12 N1AB 20m 0226
W5WF_2012APE_APE2012 Color White

The above picture provided by Larry shows that most of our contacts came from the Northeast section of the USA.

W5WF_2012APE_APE2012
Thank all of you for your support of my APE to CaddoLake. We had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year.

73’s

Charlie Webb

W5WF

 


 

 

2014 APE Tall Tales


 

August 8 - 10 

 

2014 BSA Airfest

The Boy Scouts had their Airfest event between Aug 8-10, and this year, Ham radio was a big part in it.  The location was Lewis University and the attached Airport.  We ran under the BSA’s call of K2BSA/9.  There were about 3,500 scouts camped out over the weekend and they put us right in the middle of all the action.  There were two different locations set up, each with two radios.  The original plan was to have digital and voice at each location, but technical issues compounded and mine ended up being the only digital station.

The digital operators ended up being:

K9DWR and  N9HSH

N9HSH had actually never operated PSK before, so I was happy to help him get some experience with it.  He really enjoyed it.

The PSK rig was a TS-440SAT + Signalink with Fldigi.  I was attached to the 40m dipole, and tuned it to 15m (and a couple 20m contacts).  Contacts were split pretty evenly between 15m and 40m.

Halfway through the APE, I had to swap laptops (I brought two) due to some unknown issue, so was able to live up to the BSA motto of “Be Prepared.”  There was no shortage of opportunity to test this out.


For the digital station for the APE itself, we used aluminum military masts to raise a 40m dipole about 40ft in the air.  The dome in the background is the Chicago area NWS radar for KLOT. 

 

 

I was actually surprised at the number of Europe and South American stations that we got early on.  There was even a Japan contact to round things out.  Most of those were on 15m, the majority of the USA contacts were on 40m.

CALL DATE TIME FREQ MODE Country
KE4JB 20140810 044058 7.07100 PSK31 USA
N4EMP 20140810 042902 7.07100 PSK31 USA
KO4GS 20140810 033814 7.07100 PSK31 USA
UA0LOF 20140809 232734 21.07100 PSK31 Asiatic Russia
WB5CXC 20140809 215837 21.07100 PSK31 USA
DK9KW 20140809 054956 14.07149 PSK31 Fed. Rep. of Germany
WX6P 20140809 031335 7.03689 PSK31 USA
AD5VS 20140809 030348 7.03648 PSK31 USA
KC4TNC 20140809 025457 7.03600 PSK31 USA
K3STL 20140809 023256 7.03677 PSK31 USA
WB4FLT 20140809 021253 7.03581 PSK31 USA
K4BLL 20140809 020545 7.03599 PSK31 USA
KK4S 20140809 015749 7.03649 PSK31 USA
KD2FVG 20140809 015043 7.03632 PSK31 USA
KE5PYF 20140809 014320 7.03576 PSK31 USA
KT4USA 20140809 013932 7.03577 PSK31 USA
KB3VCA/2 20140809 013220 7.03577 PSK31 USA
KD2GJG 20140809 012711 7.03578 PSK31 USA
W1AW/2 20140809 012205 7.03712 PSK31 USA
K4MWE 20140809 005927 7.03600 PSK31 USA
KD8JSP/P 20140809 005558 7.03600 PSK31 USA
KG4IJS/0 20140809 003711 14.07088 PSK31 USA
AJ1F 20140808 235949 14.07109 PSK31 USA
W6DAW 20140808 224854 21.07099 PSK31 USA
DO1EWT 20140808 223530 21.07099 PSK31 Fed. Rep. of Germany
W6YJE 20140808 223130 21.07100 PSK31 USA
KK4MIP 20140808 222421 21.07110 PSK31 USA
ON3TA 20140808 221150 21.07110 PSK31 Belgium
DO6LE 20140808 220434 21.07111 PSK31 Fed. Rep. of Germany
DO8ABS 20140808 220118 21.07111 PSK31 Fed. Rep. of Germany
PY2CEL 20140808 215531 21.07111 PSK31 Brasil
WA6DBC 20140808 215101 21.07112 PSK31 USA
LW5ER 20140808 214621 21.07112 PSK31 Argentina
JA0EQL 20140808 214223 21.07113 PSK31 Japan
WG9V 20140808 213620 21.07114 PSK31 USA
IW2NLU 20140808 213222 21.07114 PSK31 Italy
LU4ECN 20140808 212805 21.07115 PSK31 Argentina
KF7F 20140808 212338 21.07116 PSK31 USA
EI9GSB 20140808 210813 21.07141 PSK31 Ireland

 

 

August 9 -10

 

 

WB5CXC/K5KRB/W5WF - 2014 APE Expedition

On August 8, 2014 Ken (K5KRB), Larry (WB5CXC), and Charles (W5WF) traveled from Montgomery County Texas to Grand Bayou Resort in Coushatta, Louisiana, where we had three cabins next to each other that overlooked Grand Bayou Reservoir.

 

Upon arrival we began setting up two stations.  One station was used for 20 meter operation and the other station was used for 15 meter. 

 

 

WB5CXC’s station consisted of a Yaesu FT 857D with a MFJ manual tuner. Larry also used a Signalink USB interface. The antenna was a 15 meter ladder line J pole antenna.

Larry’s Go Box:

 

W5WF’s station consisted of an ICom 7000 with a 31 ft. end fed antenna using a Signalink USB interface.  The software was Ham Radio Deluxe on a MacBook Pro running Windows 7.

 

Charlie’s Go Box

 

We knew this was going to be a great APE when our first contact was with Ireland. We made a total of  86 contacts, 21 of them were with 070 Club members.  Two 070 Club members W3HF and W2DEN contacted all three of us.  

 

WB5CXC’s Log              
  Time BAND CALL       PODXS   COUNTRY FREQ MODE
1 2014-08-10-000551 15M N3WT   USA 21070 PSK31
2 2014-08-09-233228 15M W3JCB   USA 21070 PSK31
3 2014-08-09-232532 15M KK4RUT   USA 21070 PSK31
4 2014-08-09-231156 15M WA2HQL   USA 21070 PSK31
5 2014-08-09-225509 15M W3HF 25 USA 21070 PSK31
6 2014-08-09-220640 15M K2BSA/9 1604 Burundi 21070 PSK31
7 2014-08-09-215442 15M NO1R   USA 21070 PSK31
8 2014-08-09-214054 15M KP4DQC   Puerto Rico 21070 PSK31
9 2014-08-09-213147 15M N6KTO   USA 21070 PSK31
10 2014-08-09-205351 15M CO2GL   Cuba 21070 PSK31
11 2014-08-09-181634 20m KW6JIM   USA 14070 PSK31
12 2014-08-09-180905 20m KC3AZX   USA 14070 PSK31
13 2014-08-09-175548 20m K8OSF 1786 USA 14070 PSK31
14 2014-08-09-174926 20m KD0JLN   USA 14070 PSK31
15 2014-08-09-173955 20m KI4B   USA 14070 PSK31
16 2014-08-09-172255 20m KC4OBB 1609 USA 14070 PSK31
17 2014-08-09-171557 15M KK9G   USA 21070 PSK31
18 2014-08-09-165816 15M W3VPR   USA 21070 PSK31
19 2014-08-09-164022 15M N4WRE   USA 21070 PSK31
20 2014-08-09-160814 15M E77AW   Bosnia-Herzegovina 21070 PSK31
21 2014-08-09-154229 15M CO8LY   Cuba 21070 PSK31
22 2014-08-09-153838 15M HI8CSS 1290 Dominican Republic 21070 PSK31
23 2014-08-09-152749 15M W2DEN 1725 USA 21070 PSK31
24 2014-08-09-133924 20M W2DEN 1725 USA 14070 PSK31
25 2014-08-09-122752 15M KP4ED 693 Puerto Rico 21070 PSK31

 

K5KRB’s Log              
               
  TIME Band CALL       PODXS   ADDRESS FREQ MODE
1 2014-08-09-164848 20m W2DEN 1725 United States 14070 PSK31
2 2014-08-09-163207 20m NS2C   United States 14070 PSK31
3 2014-08-09-162733 20m KA2RQR   United States 14070 PSK31
4 2014-08-09-161458 20m K4BLL   United States 14070 PSK31
5 2014-08-09-155012 20m K3STL   United States 14070 PSK31
6 2014-08-09-153849 20m WA3O   United States 14070 PSK31
7 2014-08-09-153121 20m K4MWE   United States 14070 PSK31
8 2014-08-09-152136 20m NU4C 824 United States 14070 PSK31
9 2014-08-09-151113 20m AG4QX 398 United States 14070 PSK31
10 2014-08-09-145842 20m W4WWJ   United States 14070 PSK31
11 2014-08-09-020454 20m KE4JB   United States 14070 PSK31
12 2014-08-09-015359 20m KI3F   United States 14070 PSK31
13 2014-08-09-015001 20m LU4AH   Argentina 14070 PSK31
14 2014-08-09-013900 20m K8QWY   United States 14070 PSK31
15 2014-08-09-013450 20m K8TOM 815 United States 14070 PSK31
16 2014-08-09-012124 20m KC8WCN   United States 14070 PSK31
17 2014-08-09-011532 20m KK4CPS 1708 United States 14070 PSK31
18 2014-08-08-221826 20m NO8R 777 United States 14070 PSK31
19 2014-08-08-221347 20m SV2HZC   Greece 14070 PSK31
20 2014-08-08-214826 20m KD8JSP/P   United States 14070 PSK31
21 2014-08-08-213942 20m KC0VCC   United States 14070 PSK31
22 2014-08-08-212541 20m EI9GLB   Ireland 14070 PSK31
23 2014-08-08-010200 20m W3HF 25 United States 14070 PSK31

 

 

W5WF’S LOG              
               
  TIME BAND CALL PODXS ADDRESS FREQ MODE
1 2014-08-09-005702 20m W3HF 25 United States 14070 PSK31
2 2014-08-09-024112 20m KC3AZX   United States 14070 PSK31
3 2014-08-09-024744 20m WD5CMP   United States 14070 PSK31
4 2014-08-09-025606 20m N4GBK   United States 14070 PSK31
5 2014-08-09-030207 20m VA7GEM 1470 Canada 14070 PSK31
6 2014-08-09-030901 20m W3RL   United States 14070 PSK31
7 2014-08-09-031428 20m ND2K 1049 United States 14070 PSK31
8 2014-08-09-032937 20m N6STA 1516 United States 14070 PSK31
9 2014-08-09-033328 20m F4FZR   France 14070 PSK31
10 2014-08-09-034905 20m R6AV   Asiatic Russia 14070 PSK31
11 2014-08-09-035727 20m W7JSD 1513 United States 14070 PSK31
12 2014-08-09-040714 20m KB1EOF   United States 14070 PSK31
13 2014-08-09-041347 20m KD1PV   United States 14070 PSK31
14 2014-08-09-041729 20m IW1FZR   Italy 14070 PSK31
15 2014-08-09-043736 20m SP3SLO   Poland 14070 PSK31
16 2014-08-09-045248 20m IT9QDS   Italy 14070 PSK31
17 2014-08-09-050359 20m YV5LBB   Venezuela 14070 PSK31
18 2014-08-09-051306 20m SQ9BEJ   Poland 14070 PSK31
19 2014-08-09-051904 20m I4IOR   Italy 14070 PSK31
20 2014-08-09-052359 20m UT1PA   Ukraine 14070 PSK31
21 2014-08-09-052756 20m F6EQZ   France 14070 PSK31
22 2014-08-09-053201 20m HB9RDD   Switzerland 14070 PSK31
23 2014-08-09-123601 20m HK1F   Colombia 14070 PSK31
24 2014-08-09-124427 20m W2DEN 1725 United States 14070 PSK31
25 2014-08-09-165847 20m WJ0T   United States 14070 PSK31
26 2014-08-09-170501 20m AE7JP   United States 14070 PSK31
27 2014-08-09-171027 20m W0LPF   United States 14070 PSK31
28 2014-08-09-171249 20m KC0JQO 1771 United States 14070 PSK31
29 2014-08-09-172156 20m KC4OBB 1609 United States 14070 PSK31
30 2014-08-09-211737 20m W4ED   United States 14070 PSK31
31 2014-08-09-212407 20m K4ERO   United States 14070 PSK31
32 2014-08-09-213008 20m AE7WI   United States 14070 PSK31
33 2014-08-09-213753 20m W7MIN   United States 14070 PSK31
34 2014-08-09-214437 20m KK4FYV   United States 14070 PSK31
35 2014-08-09-215057 20m KK4DMS   United States 14070 PSK31
36 2014-08-10-012258 40m YY5SAC   Venezuela 7040 PSK31
37 2014-08-10-014443 20m K3STL   United States 14070 PSK31
38 2014-08-10-015448 20m K8BHK 1754 United States 14070 PSK31
39 2014-08-10-020058 20m 4Z1IG   Israel 14070 PSK31
40 2014-08-10-021008 20m WA8AJS   United States 14070 PSK31
41 2014-08-10-115302 20m PJ2LJG   Curacao Is. 14070 PSK31
 

 

 

August 19-20

 

2014 KC9UR Pontoon Portable APE Tall Tale For 2014

 

Stan (W9SMR/9) and I (Bob - KC9UR) wanted to build on the success of our 2013 Pontoon Portable APE. New for this year were two directional HF antennas (to hopefully give us stronger signals), a kayak-mounted vertical for 40M - 15M omni-directional coverage, and a 6M antenna to hopefully give out a few contacts for those PODXSers seeking a "6 on 6" endorsement.

Our APE was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug 19 - 20, so we set up the antennas and equipment on Monday. It took most of the day to get things set up, so we were only able to make a couple of contacts in the evening to check things out. On Tuesday morning we started on 30M and 20M then moved up to 17M and 15M as the day went on and propagation allowed. We called CQ on 6M each hour, but saw nary a trace either day.

Bob (KC9UR - left) and Stan (W9SMR/9) inside the pontoon boat shack. The dark plastic shields the sun from the laptops and to helps protect the equipment in case of rain.

 

Around 4:30 pm, a classic Indiana summer "thunder boomer" moved through the area, so we had to high-tail it for shelter. It was three hours before we could get back on the air. After the storm we worked the resulting pile-up on 40M and then were chased off the boat again around 11:00 pm by nearby lightning. The forced shut-downs were during "prime time" when hams were getting home from work and turning on their radios. I'm sure the "weather breaks" contributed to our reduced total contact count compared to last year. One of our "lessons-learned" is to start next year's APE in the evening after antenna set-up, giving us two full evenings and days, weather permitting. Wednesday started slow and continued slow, but steady, throughout the day. At the request/encouragement of some 070 members, we tried 12M often, but without seeing a trace - propagation left a lot to be desired. Our offer of a custom certificate for working us on three bands generated quite a bit of enthusiasm that added to the fun.

 

 

 

View during the Tuesday afternoon thunderstorm: 1) "Swamp Monster" kayak-mounted vertical (blue kayak right side rear deployed near lily pads) leans from the wind and rain; 2) hex beam (center); 3)
wind-blown pontoon boat shack (left)
 

 

Our final QSO count was 164 (108 CONUS and 56 OCONUS), working 31 states and 22 countries. The rarest DX consisted of Namibia (V51WF) and Australia (VK4EJ). Kudos go to the 11 certificate winners, including K4LEA (40/30/20M), K8TOM (40/30/20/17M), KE4JB (40/30/20M), KK4CPS (40/30/20M), KU8Q (20/17/15M), N5SLY (20/17/15M), N7WE (40/30/20/17), W2DEN (30/20/17/15M), W3GXV (40/30/20M), W3WMU (40/30/20M) and WA4MIT (40/30/20M). Special recognition goes to three certificate winners who worked us on 4 bands (K8TOM, N7WE, and W2DEN)! Two of the winners were repeats from last year (K8TOM and W3WMU) - great job!! Also, honorable mention goes to the following who worked us on 2 bands: DL2OCE (17/15M), KG9DW (40/30M), N4GBK (30/20M), VA7GEM (40/30M), W5FER (40/30M), and WA3WZR (40/30M). The band breakdown by # of contacts and # of PODXS070 members contacted is as follows (Band/# contacts/# 070 members): 15M/15/1; 17M/30/6; 20M/71/21; 30M/28/14; 40M/20/13.

 

 

For those interested in a bit of the technical details, here's the info:

Rigs: Two Kenwood TS-590S transceivers Software: Fldigi, Ham Radio Deluxe Antennas:

1)     Homebrew multi-band dipole at 25 ft (40/30/20/15M)

2)    Traffie Hex Beam at 10 ft (20/17/15/12/10M)

3)     Homebrew 6M Double-Bay antenna at 20 ft

4)     "Swamp Monster" homebrew kayak-mounted 31 ft vertical (40/30/20/17/15M)

5)     Floating Phased Array - homebrew 2 element 20M vertical phased array mounted on an 8' x 8' swim raft; switchable NE or SW

Stan and I would like to thank all who took time from their busy schedules to work us and to thank the PODXS officers/volunteers who create and administer the many fun operating events throughout the year. We thoroughly enjoyed the "APE" experience and would encourage anyone who is considering an "APE" for next year to go for it!

 

Pontoon boat shack in the lower right (covered in black plastic), one end of the multi-band dipole at the top of the picture, hex beam at 10 feet attached to kayak rack in the center, 6M double bay antenna attached to pole on dock behind hex beam, and 20M floating phased array on swim raft deployed at lower left.

20M Floating "Fazed" Array - Our homebrew 2-element phased array, switchable NE or SW, produced the bulk of the 20M contacts. Plans for next year are to grow it to 4 elements switchable in 4
directions.

 

 

2014 KC9UR Pontoon Portable Log:

Call

PODXS#

Date

Band

Time (UTC)

Country

State

F5PSI

No

8/19/2014

20m

1:40:05

France

 

K7EA

No

8/19/2014

20m

1:49:27

United States

UT

W5TMP

1815

8/19/2014

20m

1:57:34

United States

LA

PD7RF

No

8/19/2014

20m

2:13:43

Netherlands

 

W1AW/5

No

8/19/2014

30m

12:19:07

United States

O K

WA4MIT

110

8/19/2014

30m

12:28:04

United States

AL

W0SZ

No

8/19/2014

30m

12:34:20

United States

CO

KB0VB

No

8/19/2014

20m

12:37:38

United States

FL

W2SFD

No

8/19/2014

30m

12:49:09

United States

NY

WA4MIT

110

8/19/2014

20m

13:04:45

United States

AL

W2DEN

1725

8/19/2014

30m

13:19:29

United States

FL

W5TTW

No

8/19/2014

20m

13:19:35

United States

TX

K8TOM

815

8/19/2014

30m

13:27:47

United States

WA

KG4YDV

No

8/19/2014

20m

13:28:34

United States

FL

K8TOM

815

8/19/2014

20m

13:33:35

United States

WA

WB9AYD

No

8/19/2014

20m

13:45:19

United States

FL

N7WE

No

8/19/2014

20m

13:49:04

United States

FL

N7WE

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:00:22

United States

FL

F1UMO

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:10:48

France

 

W3GXV

1753

8/19/2014

20m

14:15:19

United States

FL

DL1TRK

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:21:15

Germany

 

OK1ZCF

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:27:19

Czech Republic

CZ

K4ARS

1818

8/19/2014

20m

14:27:54

United States

FL

SP1F

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:32:51

Poland

 

DL5GBP

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:37:28

Germany

 

W7IWW

No

8/19/2014

20m

14:40:04

United States

MT

LY2OT

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:41:10

Lithuania

 

DH1AKG

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:44:58

Germany

 

TF2MSN

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:50:03

Iceland

 

W1OER

No

8/19/2014

20m

14:59:47

United States

M A

SP6LUP

No

8/19/2014

17m

14:57:26

Poland

 

SP4XQE

No

8/19/2014

17m

15:00:55

Poland

 

KP4BC

No

8/19/2014

20m

15:05:37

Puerto Rico

PR

OM2AOA

No

8/19/2014

17m

15:04:26

Slovak Republic

 

R1AY

No

8/19/2014

17m

15:08:26

Russia

 

N4DAM

No

8/19/2014

20m

15:08:53

United States

N C

RN1TV

No

8/19/2014

17m

15:12:22

Russia

 

VE7WAH

No

8/19/2014

20m

15:27:20

Canada

BC

W2DEN

1725

8/19/2014

20m

15:31:57

United States

FL

 

 

 

WP4JCF

No

8/19/2014

20m

15:38:09

Puerto Rico

PR

KU8Q

No

8/19/2014

20m

15:43:56

United States

FL

DL2OCE

No

8/19/2014

15m

15:48:43

Germany

 

W3WMU

1673

8/19/2014

20m

15:47:31

United States

MS

KU8Q

No

8/19/2014

15m

15:53:15

United States

FL

KD0FIP

1396

8/19/2014

20m

15:55:27

United States

KS

W2DEN

1725

8/19/2014

15m

16:00:35

United States

FL

K4BLL

No

8/19/2014

20m

16:06:36

United States

GA

F5XX

No

8/19/2014

20m

16:11:50

France

 

DL5CJ

No

8/19/2014

15m

16:13:07

Germany

 

ON4KEB

No

8/19/2014

15m

16:21:45

Belgium

 

V51WF

No

8/19/2014

15m

16:32:43

Namibia

 

LY1CZ

No

8/19/2014

20m

16:40:01

Lithuania

 

IZ5GXQ

No

8/19/2014

20m

17:24:33

Italy

 

IK7RVY

No

8/19/2014

15m

17:25:56

Italy

 

DP4E

No

8/19/2014

20m

17:34:41

Germany

 

AF4HQ

No

8/19/2014

20m

17:44:42

United States

GA

ON3BRC

No

8/19/2014

17m

17:47:07

Belgium

 

N5SLY

No

8/19/2014

20m

17:56:37

United States

TX

WA7HDZ

404

8/19/2014

20m

18:00:13

United States

WA

N5SLY

No

8/19/2014

17m

18:10:46

United States

TX

KU8Q

No

8/19/2014

17m

18:24:20

United States

FL

KF2GQ

710

8/19/2014

17m

18:33:03

United States

FL

K8TOM

815

8/19/2014

17m

18:47:01

United States

WA

OM1EI

No

8/19/2014

15m

18:57:35

Slovak Republic

 

ON6MA

No

8/19/2014

20m

19:03:17

Belgium

 

AI6AS

No

8/19/2014

20m

19:24:40

United States

CA

EA7AVM

No

8/19/2014

15m

19:43:23

Spain

 

VE2ADL

No

8/19/2014

20m

19:48:44

Canada

 

KK4CPS

1708

8/19/2014

20m

19:59:00

United States

GA

WB9AYD

No

8/19/2014

20m

20:09:41

United States

FL

W3WMU

1673

8/19/2014

30m

20:10:09

United States

MS

HI8/KB1KKE

No

8/19/2014

20m

20:15:07

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

KD0OIX

1766

8/19/2014

30m

20:16:51

United States

KS

KK4CPS

1708

8/19/2014

30m

20:21:25

United States

GA

OE9PCJ

No

8/19/2014

20m

20:29:00

Austria

 

K4LEA

1746

8/19/2014

30m

20:24:04

United States

SC

N7WE

No

8/19/2014

30m

20:28:09

United States

FL

AI4QB

513

8/19/2014

30m

20:31:26

United States

VA

AI4CO

No

8/19/2014

20m

20:35:46

United States

FL

W3HF/0

25

8/19/2014

20m

23:32:50

United States

PA

 

 

 

AL1V

No

8/19/2014

20m

23:37:50

United States

UT

W5LMM

No

8/19/2014

20m

23:48:48

United States

NM

IK2WZM

No

8/19/2014

30m

23:53:38

Italy

 

WA4ASJ

No

8/19/2014

20m

0:00:46

United States

FL

N4GBK

1688

8/20/2014

30m

0:14:34

United States

NC

CO2XK

No

8/20/2014

30m

0:20:30

Cuba

 

N7ORY

No

8/20/2014

30m

0:26:07

Un

ted States

ID

N2RGM

No

8/20/2014

30m

0:31:05

Un

ted States

FL

AC0WZ

No

8/20/2014

40m

1:27:04

Un

ted States

MO

W3GXV

1753

8/20/2014

30m

1:30:50

Un

ted States

FL

KE4JB

1701

8/20/2014

40m

1:30:05

Un

ted States

NY

W3WMU

1673

8/20/2014

40m

1:34:01

Un

ted States

MS

KE4JB

1701

8/20/2014

30m

1:37:45

Un

ted States

NY

KG9DW

No

8/20/2014

40m

1:37:47

Un

ted States

IL

KK4CPS

1708

8/20/2014

40m

1:40:52

Un

ted States

GA

WA0GUD

No

8/20/2014

30m

1:45:37

Un

ted States

IA

KA1PPV

1482

8/20/2014

40m

1:46:42

Un

ted States

CT

K1KOB

No

8/20/2014

30m

1:52:59

Un

ted States

AL

K8TOM

815

8/20/2014

40m

1:50:02

Un

ted States

WA

W5FEC

No

8/20/2014

40m

1:53:10

Un

ted States

TX

K0CIE

98

8/20/2014

40m

1:57:30

Un

ted States

OK

KG9DW

No

8/20/2014

30m

1:57:51

Un

ted States

IL

N7WE

No

8/20/2014

40m

2:02:14

Un

ted States

FL

W3GXV

1753

8/20/2014

40m

2:06:47

Un

ted States

FL

W5FER

1217

8/20/2014

40m

2:11:55

Un

ted States

TX

DL1MTG

No

8/20/2014

30m

2:15:13

Germany

 

WA3WZR

875

8/20/2014

40m

2:16:21

United States

PA

W5FER

1217

8/20/2014

30m

2:23:05

United States

TX

WA4MIT

110

8/20/2014

40m

2:20:51

United States

AL

VE3NOO

No

8/20/2014

40m

2:25:58

Canada

ON

WA3WZR

875

8/20/2014

30m

2:29:33

United States

PA

W4KRN

215

8/20/2014

40m

2:30:49

United States

VA

VA7GEM

1470

8/20/2014

30m

2:33:21

Canada

 

K4LEA

1746

8/20/2014

40m

2:33:46

United States

SC

KA5QQA

No

8/20/2014

30m

2:43:16

United States

TX

VA7GEM

1470

8/20/2014

40m

2:39:30

Canada

BC

NJ2X

No

8/20/2014

40m

2:43:17

United States

CA

VE2UC

1405

8/20/2014

20m

12:56:00

Canada

 

W0EJ

No

8/20/2014

40m

12:42:28

United States

SD

VK4EJ

No

8/20/2014

30m

12:52:37

Australia

 

YV4DHS

No

8/20/2014

20m

13:13:09

Venezuela

 

 

 

 

W5IFP

No

8/20/2014

20m

13:24:08

United States

TX

IK2JYT

No

8/20/2014

17m

13:23:51

Italy

 

RT4A

No

8/20/2014

17m

13:29:14

Russia

 

KE6KNP

No

8/20/2014

20m

13:29:14

United States

CA

N4GBK

1688

8/20/2014

20m

13:35:32

United States

NC

M5PLY

292

8/20/2014

17m

13:49:05

England

 

WB4IZC

No

8/20/2014

20m

13:50:25

United States

MS

AA5AT

No

8/20/2014

20m

14:34:28

United States

LA

VA3TPS

526

8/20/2014

20m

14:39:11

Canada

ON

N5SLY

No

8/20/2014

20m

14:44:26

United States

TX

N5SLY

No

8/20/2014

15m

14:50:12

United States

TX

KG8JF

176

8/20/2014

20m

14:49:22

United States

AL

K0TAZ

1831

8/20/2014

20m

14:54:57

United States

KS

R6AV

No

8/20/2014

17m

15:02:09

Russia

 

F5POJ

No

8/20/2014

17m

15:11:19

France

 

DL2OCE

No

8/20/2014

17m

15:15:15

Germany

 

N1KPW

No

8/20/2014

20m

15:16:23

Un

ted States

CT

KM4DB

No

8/20/2014

20m

15:21:36

Un

ted States

NH

W7PSK

138

8/20/2014

17m

15:28:26

Un

ted States

WA

W3OFD

990

8/20/2014

17m

15:40:36

Un

ted States

PA

W2DEN

1725

8/20/2014

20m

15:42:27

Un

ted States

FL

W2DEN

1725

8/20/2014

17m

15:53:33

Un

ted States

FL

K4EZD

1666

8/20/2014

20m

16:45:20

Un

ted States

VA

KE4JB

1701

8/20/2014

20m

16:49:48

Un

ted States

NY

IK2ZJP

No

8/20/2014

17m

16:57:05

Italy

 

W5BGP

No

8/20/2014

20m

31:38:00

Un

ted States

O R

K5YRT

No

8/20/2014

15m

17:14:03

Un

ted States

LA

W9MDB

No

8/20/2014

20m

17:13:56

Un

ted States

IL

AC4R

No

8/20/2014

15m

17:19:02

Un

ted States

AL

KK4SWV

No

8/20/2014

20m

17:19:28

Un

ted States

GA

KR4RO

No

8/20/2014

20m

17:32:14

Un

ted States

NC

K4LEA

1746

8/20/2014

20m

17:35:32

Un

ted States

SC

K4HEB

No

8/20/2014

20m

17:41:45

Un

ted States

FL

F6EQZ

No

8/20/2014

17m

17:43:37

France

 

N7WS

No

8/20/2014

20m

18:19:25

United States

AZ

SP1MWF

No

8/20/2014

15m

18:28:08

Poland

PL

K4MWE

No

8/20/2014

20m

18:40:23

United States

NC

KF3AA

124

8/20/2014

20m

18:52:29

United States

MD

KF4CQ

1496

8/20/2014

20m

19:24:52

United States

FL

DC1MUC

No

8/20/2014

15m

19:36:22

Germany

 

N1HNY

No

8/20/2014

20m

19:42:49

United States

ME

 

 

 

SP1MGM

No

8/20/2014

15m

19:50:09

Poland

 

F4BDG

No

8/20/2014

20m

19:53:15

France

 

 

 

 

 

August 23 - 24

K9H Sixth Annual APE  

For the sixth year in a row Chuck (K9PLX, 070 #930) and Mitch (K9ZXO, 070 #967) headed for the wilds of Jacksonville IL (EM49ur) for an old homestead reunion and this year also for the celebration of Mother Hopper's 95th birthday. Mitch provided the rig, computer, interface and scope; Chuck provided the 4-band Hustler vertical and its tripod mount (thank you, York Radio Club of Elmhurst, IL!).

Setup went well (except for having to erect the antenna in the 95 degree heat and very high humidity) and we soon were on the air. Band conditions weren't great through late afternoon but they improved as evening came. By the end of the night Saturday we had logged 55 QSOs, including four which were 2nd contacts on different bands. We were glad to work some stations we have worked on previous APEs, including Joe, KA1PPV, for the 4th or 5th year in a row.

We worked 11 different DXCC entities (including the US) and 24 states. Our closest QSO was 249 miles and our farthest was 5,243 miles. Great fun again... look for us again next year!

Note: All QSOs have been uploaded to eqsl.cc; anyone wanting paper should QSL via K9PLX. Please include a SASE.

K9H (K9PLX and K9ZXO) — APE Contacts, 2014
QSO # DATE (UTC) TIME (UTC) Call (* = 2nd QSO, new band) PODXS-070 # Name QTH Country Grid Bnd Freq. Mode
1 23 Aug 18:38 AB1J -- Ken Waltham MA USA FN42jj 20 14.070 PSK31
2 23 Aug 18:41 W4KRN 215 Karen Nokesville VA USA FM18dr 20 14.070 PSK31
3 23 Aug 20:07 KB1EOF -- Bill Danville NH USA FN42kw 20 14.070 PSK31
4 23 Aug 20:12 KE4JB 1701 John Cherry Valley NY USA FN22pt 20 14.070 PSK31
5 23 Aug 20:34 CO8LY -- Eduardo Santiago de Cuba, Cuba Cuba FL20la 15 21.071 PSK31
6 23 Aug 20:49 VA7GEM 1470 Barry North Vancouver BC, Canada Canada CN89li 15 21.071 PSK31
7 23 Aug 20:58 KG7AV 1656 Ray Bend OR USA CN94ic 20 14.071 PSK31
8 23 Aug 21:03 KP4JM -- Jose Caguas PR Puerto Rico FK68xf 20 14.071 PSK31
9 23 Aug 21:08 W8IE -- Ed Lakewood OH USA EN91cl 20 14.071 PSK31
10 23 Aug 21:12 K5UOR -- Stan China Spring TX USA EM11hp 20 14.071 PSK31
11 23 Aug 21:16 KG5DSR -- Skip Conroe TX USA EM20gh 20 14.072 PSK31
12 23 Aug 21:22 N7WE -- Rick Leesburg FL USA EL98bp 20 14.072 PSK31
13 23 Aug 21:35 K8CPA -- Chuck Lincoln Park MI USA EN82jf 20 14.071 PSK31
14 23 Aug 21:45 K8TOM 815 Tom Monroe WA USA CN97av 20 14.071 PSK31
15 23 Aug 21:56 WB4DE -- Denny Sun City Center FL USA EL87tr 20 14.071 PSK31
16 23 Aug 22:27 VA7GEM* 1470* Barry North Vancouver BC, Canada Canada CN89li 20 14.072 PSK31
17 23 Aug 22:36 W7SVD -- Dave Sierra Vista AZ USA DM41um 20 14.071 PSK31
18 23 Aug 22:55 N6L -- Barry Redding CA USA CN90fm 15 21.072 PSK31
19 23 Aug 23:09 DG7EKJ -- Markus Moenchengladbach, Germany Federal Republic of Germany JO31ff 15 21.07 PSK31
20 23 Aug 23:28 LU7WW -- Pedro Puerto Madryn, Argentina Argentina FE77lf 15 21.070 PSK31
21 23 Aug 23:33 W7GBB -- Bob Renton WA USA CN87wm 15 21.070 PSK31
22 23 Aug 23:38 F4UQD -- Lucette Mericourt, France France JO10kj 15 21.070 PSK31
23 23 Aug 23:47 VE7TMO -- Bob Comox BC, Canada Canada CN79mq 15 21.070 PSK31
24 24 Aug 00:02 AC7EJ -- Karl Vernal UT USA DN50fk 20 14.071 PSK31
25 24 Aug 00:05 KC2LM -- Ed Albuquerque NM USA DM65pd 20 14.071 PSK31
26 24 Aug 00:10 ER5DX -- Victor Chadyr-Lunga, Moldova Moldova KN46jb 20 14.071 PSK31
27 24 Aug 01:57 PD7AD -- Ad Oosterhout, Netherlands Netherlands JO21kp 20 14.072 PSK31
28 24 Aug 02:09 NG1J -- Francis Belmont NH USA FN43gk 20 14.071 PSK31
29 24 Aug 02:21 NU2E -- Kiran Wayne NJ USA FN20vw 20 14.072 PSK31
30 24 Aug 02:27 W3HF 25 Steve Collegeville PA USA FN20ge 20 14.072 PSK31
31 24 Aug 02:33 W0ZXR -- Eric Lakewood CO USA DM79lq 20 14.072 PSK31
32 24 Aug 02:37 WB3BDH 1413 Don Clearwater FL USA EL87pv 20 14.072 PSK31
33 24 Aug 02:41 VE3NOO -- Michael Bath ON, Canada Canada FN14nd 20 14.072 PSK31
34 24 Aug 02:47 W7IWW -- Dave Billings MT USA DN55qt 20 14.072 PSK31
35 24 Aug 02:51 CO2IZ -- Jesus Habana, Cuba Cuba EL83tc 20 14.072 PSK31
36 24 Aug 03:09 N4ZUM 178 Ed Springville AL USA EM63qo 40 7.072 PSK31
37 24 Aug 03:13 KD0OIX 1766 Dwight Quenemo KS USA EM28fp 40 7.071 PSK31
38 24 Aug 03:20 N0T -- Robert Benton KS USA EM17kt 40 7.072 PSK31
39 24 Aug 03:23 K0L -- John Kansas City KS USA EM29oc 40 7.072 PSK31
40 24 Aug 03:27 KE4JB* 1701* John Cherry Valley NY USA FN22pt 40 7.072 PSK31
41 24 Aug 03:38 K4LEA 1746 Les Greer SC USA EM84uw 40 7.071 PSK31
42 24 Aug 04:14 HO100CANAL -- Victor Panama City, Panama Panama FJ08bn 20 14.072 PSK31
43 24 Aug 04:38 WA7RLL -- Don Mesa AZ USA DM43cl 20 14.071 PSK31
44 24 Aug 04:45 RA4LY -- Gena Ulyanovsk, European Russia European Russia LO44gi 20 14.071 PSK31
45 24 Aug 04:52 KL7GLL -- Don Reston VA USA FM18hx 20 14.071 PSK31
46 24 Aug 04:54 W9EXP -- Ted Lake Worth FL USA EL96vo 20 14.071 PSK31
47 24 Aug 05:08 W4FDT -- DeWayne Trion GA USA EM74in 20 14.071 PSK31
48 24 Aug 05:15 WA6OVP -- Tom Sparks NV USA DM09dn 20 14.070 PSK31
49 24 Aug 05:21 ND6S -- Ray Sutter Creek CA USA CM98oj 20 14.070 PSK31
50 24 Aug 05:25 K4LEA* 1746* Les Greer SC USA EM84uw 20 14.070 PSK31
51 24 Aug 05:29 WI3L 601 Gary Collegeville PA USA FN20ge 20 14.070 PSK31
52 24 Aug 05:37 WA7HDZ 404 Larry Richland WA USA DN06if 20 14.070 PSK31
53 24 Aug 05:53 KA1PPV 1482 Joe Stamford CT USA FN31fc 40 7.071 PSK31
54 24 Aug 05:58 VE3NOO* -- Michael Bath ON, Canada Canada FN14nd 40 7.072 PSK31
55 24 Aug 06:06 K2RNO -- Bill Belleville NJ USA FN20ws 40 7.072 PSK31

 

 

August 24, 2014  -  IK1AMC 

 

After an one hour trip through the hills of the Piedmont region, I arrived in the small town of Sale Langhe at 480 meters height above sea level .

This small town is located amid the beautiful hills of the Langhe area of Piedmont region in the North West of Italy.

The Langhe area  is known for its cuisine, for its wine and truffles.

You can see below  in  Google Maps and Street View  the exact QTH of my APE 2014 Expedition and my Home QTH :

 

 

This year has collaborated with me for the  APE 2014 performance the SWL station I1-0555-GE  Davide.

This is a picture of my QRP Radio Station in Sale Langhe:

 

 

 

My rig :

 

Radio: Yaesu FT-857D set on 10 W output

Computer: netbook Packard Bell / Windows 7

DC-DC adapter for netbook

Software: Ham Radio Deluxe

Interface: home made

Antenna: home made Long Wire

Balun 4:1 : home made

Antenna Tuner: Z-11Pro LDG

Power Supply: 1 Battery 12v/12Ah (radio), 1 Battery 12v/7Ah (PC)

 

Below there is the Log , many 73 de IK1AMC Gilio.

 

24 Aug 2014    2E0DDM       England        BPSK31        14,070     599     09:48

24 Aug 2014    IW9HDT        Italia              BPSK31        14,070     599     09:56

24 Aug 2014    M0NPT         England        BPSK31        14,070     599      09:59

24 Aug 2014    SP1TJ             Polonia         BPSK31        14,070    599      10:04

24 Aug 2014    AN01RJ         Spagna         BPSK31        14,070     599     10:10    Special Call for the crowned King Felipe

24 Aug 2014    UY9IF            Ucraina         BPSK31        21,070     599     10:14

24 Aug 2014   G0OJG           England        BPSK31        14,07 0    599     10:26

24 Aug 2014 GW1IPU/P     England        BPSK31        14,070    599      10:35

24 Aug 2014 IT9CCB             Italia              BPSK31        21,070    599       10:41

24 Aug 2014 IK7XTG            Italia               BPSK31        14,070     599      10:47

24 Aug 2014 YT2AD             Serbia             BPSK31         14,070    599      11:03

24 Aug 2014 HF2014SMP  Polonia           BPSK31        14,070     599      11:13   Polish commemorative station

24 Aug 2014 OZ/DL7MST  Danimarca     BPSK31       14,070    599       11:16

24 Aug 2014 SQ1NDR         Polonia           BPSK31        14,070    599       11:27

24 Aug 2014 PD1DHT         Olanda            BPSK31        14,070    599       11:30

24 Aug 2014 SP1MGM      Polonia            BPSK31         14,070    599      11:36

24 Aug 2014 Z31MM         Macedonia     BPSK31        14,070    599       11:39

24 Aug 2014 SP4TXI           Polonia            BPSK31        14,070    599       11:42

24 Aug 2014 G3PGA          England           BPSK31         14,070   599       11:45

24 Aug 2014 DL2TW          Germany         BPSK31         14,070   599      11:53

24 Aug 2014 G3ZCH          England            BPSK31         14,070    599      11:57

24 Aug 2014 2I0LDC          Irlanda del Nord  BPSK31   14,070   599      12:00

24 Aug 2014 2E0CWE        England           BPSK31          14,070   599      12:05

24 Aug 2014 OZ1BZJ          Danimarca      BPSK31         14,07     599      12:08

24 Aug 2014 SV1EAG        Grecia              BPSK31          14,070  599      12:15

 

 

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Aug

CALL

070#

QTH

TIME

UTC

BAND(s)

NOTES

OFFICIAL?

4-7

K9VIC as N9AN

488

Yellowstone Lake State Park, WI


1900-2400

 

TBD

POTA K-4347
Grid EN52as

OFFICIAL

6

AG7CC

2893

Dworshak State Park, ID

 

Late Morning

 

TBD

POTA K-2232
Grid DN16UN

OFFICIAL

7-9

KJ7MEB

2774

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

1830 Local 7th through 0600 local  10th

20/17/40M

POTA K-5793
Grid Not provided

OFFICIAL

8

WA1LAD

2923

George Washington Memorial State Forest, RI

 

1400-1900 UTC

 

40-10M

POTA K-5484
Grid FN41

OFFICIAL

13

KB3RAN

1692

Kings Landing Park MD

10AM to Midnight EDT

20M/40M

Grid FM18pp

OFFICIAL

15-21

KJ7MEB

2774

Olympic National  Park, WA

TBD

20M

POTA K-0056
Grid CN87et

OFFICIAL

19-21

KC9UR
(w/W9SMR

1609

Trine State Recreation Area, IN

TBA

80-6m

BPOTA K-4182
Grid EN71MR
10th annual APE

OFFICIAL