not cold) NEWS,
W1AW in Idaho - by John Wilson KØIP - please pardon my English and
Some of the newer hams may have never heard of W1AW, which is a pity. W1AW is the flagship call of the ARRL in Newington CT,
W1AW is usually operated from Newington and provides all kinds of ham related services, like Code (CW) Practice as various speeds,
radio teletype bulletins with news about what's going on in the Ham Radio world.
I am going to use this story to do a little advertising for the ARRL, I feel that all new hams should join the ARRL for at least a year
to learn what's going on hobby wise, outside our local area. Get the bigger picture !
If after a year you don't feel its worth the investment, drop your membership. But give it a try for one year. Join the ARRL Click here
So why was W1AW in Idaho, this year the call is being activated in all 50 states to celebrating the ARRL 100th anniversary .
In Idaho a team was assembled to make as many contacts (QSO's) as possible using W1AW during our week in the spotlight.
Idaho's team leader attempted to recruit stations that participate in contests, and especially the Idaho QSO Party. During the past several
years a loosely organized group calling themselves the Idaho Potato Contest Group has racked up very high scores during the IDQP. The
IPCG operates from my QTH. So it was no surprise when I was ask if we could operate on 20 meter SSB, I ask for more 15 and 10 meters.
after some discussions, I was assigned 20 & 15 meters SSB,, other stations in the state were given RTTY, and CW assignments on those bands.
Two fellows up north, were given 10 Meter SSB BUT, they were both unavailable during the weekend. SO our friend KG7E Jim in Mackay
took the 10 M SSB spot for the weekend and decided he would join forces at my QTH for the IDQP..
Lucky for me, I have two towers with BIG antennas, a 20 meter monoband beam on one, and a tri-band beam
on the other, BUT to run 3 bands at once we needed another antenna for 10 meters, the solution was Elborn's tower trailer, and
a 4 element monoband beam for 10 meters. Several fellows loaned radios for the effort, I have enough old computers , we installed
N1MM contest logging software, networked all the computer, and we were ready. (see station descriptions below). NO, Almost Ready , I still
needed the most important piece of the system, OPERATORS, and lucky many folks from PARC stepped up and helped, see their pictures
below. Some made more contacts than others but everyone helped.. it all worked out, we made over 8880 contact (QSO's) during
our week. One interesting stat, for one 10 minute period when all three stations were "scorching the earth" we worked
over 100 stations, that's in 10 minutes..
I have probably typed enough about the operation here in town but not to be left out, PARC member K7CF Mike down in McCammon
was assigned 80 meter SSB AND CW. He made all his contacts single handedly ,, by himself, and did a heck of a job at it, over 2462 QSO's.
Here's a group of pictures that tell the story.
Living Proof, Real Hams join clubs
These are PARC members that made the W1AW Idaho operation a success
you can CLICK any picture below to BLOW it UP ! !
Total PARC member QSO's , a staggering 11342 QSO's, WOW ! Holly Cow ! ETC !
the entire state turn out 41,398 Q's so parc members made about 25% of the contacts
see the green boxes just below for kØip and k7cf for their station totals
|Stats for the entire state of idaho
The 20 meter radio, a Icom IC-7600 - Dentron MLA-2500 running about 1KW to a 4 element mono-band beam at 50 Feet. A BIG SIGNAL
the 10 meter Station was KO7P's Icom 756 pro3 and a collins 30L1 amp.
running about 600 watts to a 4 element beam on Elborns tower/trailer in my
front yard. at about 30 feet. ANOTHER BIG SIGNAL
This picture is actually several years old, I forgot to take his picture this year .. my mistake. as they say on TV " file photo "
Please note: the 15 meter station was an all tube radio, a Collins
|PARC members on the air as W1AW/7 at KØIP's shack
PARC members on the air as W1AW/7 at KØIP's shack
and my apology to W7RSK , I didn't get his picture
and my apology to W7MFC , I didn't get his picture
|These were totals during the IDQP
These were the totals for all but the IDQP
|In the front is the 10 meter beam, behind is the 20
meter beam, at KØIP
The TH7DXX isn't visible in this picture
|Heres Mike in McCammon with is 80 and 40 meter directional
array. another earth scorching signal
|Stats for the entire state of idaho
||Stats for the entire state of idaho
KØIP with a word of wisdom "Life's Too Short for QRP"
Roof work (2012) on Kinport Repeater Building ...
AD7UI, N7FLM, W7EKG picture by KØIP
W7EKG, KØIP, AD7UI, N7FLM
Field Day ,, KO7P - ND7O
Transmitter hunt 2012 ,,, it was the hottest day of the year, right click any picture to save it to your computer ..
Shack of the month, featured each month on the home page ..
|Shack of the month Feb 2011
||Shack of the month March 2011
||Shack of the month March 2011
|Shack of the month May 2011
||Shack of the month June 2011
||Shack of the month July 2011
|shack of the month Aug 2011||Shack of the month Sept 2011||Shack of the month Oct 2011|
|Shack of the month Nov 2011
||Shack of the month DEC 2011||Shack of the month Jan2012|
KØIP shows off his collection for WW2 Radios and his old time Teletype at
the 2nd annual Pocatello Airport Appreciation Day, which was held along with
Field Day at the Pocatello Airport.
|click the picture to make it bigger
Here's Roland K7OJL hard at it..
Local hams get Idaho QSO Party Award at last club meeting
sorry about that video projector light.
These guys worked 2290 stations for top score ever in the 2011 IDQP !
KØIP, ND7O, W7EKG, KO7P, N7RYN
Click the picture to make it bigger
Antenna crew for Skywarn 2009, KK7AT, W7EKG, WB7DNU, K7GIB
Pictures from the FREE swap meet Aug 22, 2009, Burley Idaho
it was a very successful event . lots of goodies changed hands.
If you have more pictures of this swap, or other PARC events, Please
contact KØIP !!
Here is ND7O Rhett, K7EKG Paul, and AD7UI Gregg,
Adron KB7UIK, Don K7DRF (sk)
HDTV MADNESS. ARE YOU READY..
as you should know on 17 Feb this year (2009) .. it's been
extended to June.. you still have time
HD will be the ONLY transmission mode for HIGH POWER TV Stations.
(for now this does not include low power translator stations)
In Pocatello here is the channel lineup when the
old channel 3 is actually transmitting on channel 36
old channel 6 is actually transmitting on channel 23
old channel 8 Stays on channel 8 and Pocatello translator on 21
old channel 10 is actually transmitting on channel 17
old channel fox is actually transmitting on channel 31
Due to an imbedded signal called
Program and System Information Protocol
Your TV, will still display the old channel number.
this is something called "channel branding" , ie
KPVI News 6 doesn't want to be KPVI news 23
So if you decide to install an outside antenna for your new
HD TV set, don't invest in one of those expensive monster VHF - UHF antennas , a "UHF only" should work just fine, at most in town locations..
I am talking about IN Pocatello only.
fun at the swap meet Aug 2008
want more pictures LINK
Sporadic E ??????????
The Spring/Summer E-layer propagation season is beginning, or
should be here very soon.
In general, sun spot's have little to no effect on Sporadic E skip. This means that 10 meters, and 6 meters will be open.
Typically between 500 and 1300 miles. AND you never know when double hop might occur.
If you operate on 6 meters, you should know your grid square. You can find it by checking your info at QRZ.com.
And speaking of QRZ.com, you might want to update your Email and Bio.
To get in on the E skip, you need to leave your radio ON, and turned up.
E skip is "Fickled" propagation, you never know when it will happen, any time(?) but mostly in the afternoon to early evening.
On ten meters, it would be best to scan from (say) 28.450mHz to 28.500 mHz. and on 6 meters either
listen to 50.125mHz ( the national SSB calling Freq) or scan from 50.125 to 50.150 if the band opens
you will hear signals in those windows. REMEMBER if you just walk into ur shack and flip on the radio,
take a quick listen up and down the band, chances are you missed it.
TURN UR RADIO ON, enjoy the openings.!
I built this one, and it seems to work good !! seen here on my
|Links for three different antennas that will get you on 6
meters with style !!!
Link one copper
Link two aluminum
Link three this & that
see the links for simple to build antennas, get on the air
and love it..