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Field Day wrapup

WOW, what a georgeous weekend for FieldDay this year.  It's been years since we've had weather this good.IMG_0489.JPG

While Friday was a bit on the cloudy side that made it perfect for putting up antenna's.  Richard (n7rig), Tor (ae7ev), Curt (we7u) and I (n7ipb) put up Richards new HF vertical, the forty foot mast for the dipoles and the operations tent.

Considering it was only the four of us (and Richard left early to attend n0fpf's wedding open house) we did pretty well.

Then it was off for beer and food at the Skagit River Brewery.

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It's Field Day time again

Once again the WETNET gang will be participating in  ARRL Field Day from the QTH of N7RIG in the beautiful Skagit valley.

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Tlhis year, unlike years past we're not doing a special antenna project nor are we putting up one of our previous big antenna's.  No Bruce array,  no 20M rhombic.

Instead we'll be keeping it simple. 

  • One Titan-DX multi-band vertical (destined to eventually become N7RIG's permanent HF antenna)
  • One 160/80/40 dipole and G5RV on a single mast
  • One 6-meter quad. 

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SeaPac 2011

Our annual outing to the SEAPAC convention in Seaside Oregon is over for this year.  Once again a fun time was had by all with  something like a dozen and a half of the Wetnet gang there as well as countless other acquaitences  there was no lack of activity.

This year Peter (wa7fus) provided a portable 224.22 repeater and ran it from his hotel room.  It made staying in contact with everyone extremely easy and avoided the hastle of finding a clear simplex frequency for our use.

I didn't win anything but I did pick up some clamp-on ferrite filters to see if I can kill the two meter interference in my car and maybe make an attempt at eliminating the 144.39Mhz interference from my Clear modem at home.  I'm not holding my breath but it would be nice not to have to relocate the APRS antenna.

Richard (n7rig) was the real winner this weekend, getting two small prizes ($10 at the booth of the guy with all the soldering equip. and a free pizza at a local place).  

But the biggie was when he came away with a Yaesu VX-3R handheld at the main drawing.

Pictures are here:

https://wetnet.net/gallery/v/SeaPac-2011/

Man that Eye-Fi SD card for my camera is great. :-)