Sunday, November 7, 2021
Beautiful Day in the Hinterlands!!
Thursday, September 16, 2021
POTA Activation #12
|KB9BVN doing POTA|
When I arrived the place was all mine, so I had no worries about bothering anyone trying or wanting to go fishing.
It didn't stay that way for very long, but that's OK. I'll be back here again soon.
Also I have been working like crazy, and the fishing bug bit me so I have been spending most free evenings trying my hand at catching some fish, as well as teaching some youngsters the joy of landing a big one...but here I am.
|Grandkids and a Nephew - Catching the fishing bug!|
This evening I had just about an hour to operate, as you know you need 10 contacts to have a successful validation, tonight I got eleven contacts in just about 60 minutes. I decided to run down to K-4183 (Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area) and set up near the Italian POW chapel and Stone Arch Lake.
|Chapel Built By WWII Italian POW's held at Camp Atterbury|
|Welcome to Stone Arch Lake - Free Green Hamshack |
|K2 on 20m - About 10w to the Eagle One Vertical|
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Curses!! Foiled Again!
So I made another trip down to K-4183, the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, and got all set up at a new much shadier site called Beaver Bottom.
So I started thinking about what could be wrong and I got up and started checking my coax feedline foot by foot. I bought this feedline maybe 15 years ago, and I have used it and rolled it up and unrolled it and rolled it up again about 100 or so times that I could almost remember. Sure enough, somewhere along the way the braid or the center conductor got damaged, by kinking, or too much rolling up, or something. I found three suspicious "lumps" in the feedline. Curse you Red Baron!! I know knew how Snoopy felt.
Of course I did not bring a spare feedline for the vertical. I was dejected but it was still a good outing, I was outside, it was flat gorgeous, and I saw a couple heron's, some squirrels, a few rabbits, and a gigantic Red Tailed Hawk. So I stayed and just soaked it in for a bit before tearing down and heading back to the ranch, a mere 25 miles away. This site even had a Rumpke Office.
The day wasn't a total loss, no logs to submit, since I worked no one. I have ordered a new feedline and will maybe try my Alex Loop the next time. I forgot I even had it in the truck with me. It normally does fine on 12m-40m
Until the next adventure!
OH!! Congratulations to Joe Taylor K1JT and Peter Parker VK3YE on being selected for induction to the QRP-ARCI QRP Hall of Fame! Their contributions to the art and science of QRP radio have been felt worldwide.
73 de KB9BVN
Thursday, July 8, 2021
New Rules at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area
It's been a few months since I have been able to get out and activate a park for the POTA program, but I was able to head out this weekend of July 4th. I was surprised to find that the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area has made some changes about people using the site.
First of all it is now required, that you sign in at the self serve kiosk.
So I stopped at the shack and did the self service thing by filling out my card and signing the log book. I am not sure how long this has been in effect, I have not been here since March 8th of this year, but the log book only had one page filed up and I was the third person to sign in on page two.
|Sign In Shed at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area|
So as you can see they have a logbook for Turkey hunters, night hunters, small game hunters, deer hunters, water fowl enthusiasts, and good old miscellaneous (which is POTA).
Here is what the card looks like, you fill this out and put it in the dash of your vehicle. Where it asks for your visitor number, you put the line number of the logbook page. In my case that was the number three.
|Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area - Johnson County Indiana|
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Virtual Four Days In May Update!
vFDIM is Saturday May 22, 2021
QRP-ARCI is excited to announce that the grand prize drawing will be for a brand new Icom IC-705 transceiver. Also we have added another speaker/presenter, Will Jourdain AA4WJ. He will be having a presentation about the IC-705. You do not have to be present to win but you need to be registered. Also, QA sessions will run from 7PM CDT to 9PM CDT on May 22nd, the day of vFDIM.
Registration is at https://qrparci.org on the main page.
Registration will close at MIDNIGHT CDT on MAY 15th, 2021.
Almost 300 have registered at this point, don't get left out.
Registration is $10.00, then one week before the event you will receive a link to the event
and a link to a PDF of the Proceedings Book. Please register as soon as you can so we
have some idea of headcount.
We are excited about vFDIM, and we hope you are too. It's is shaping up to be a great event.
Printed copies of the Proceedings Book will be sold through the QRP-ARCI Toystore
for $15 a copy. If you can not attend, the book is a great way to catch up on the
presentations from this Virtual FDIM.
"Book sales to US Customers Only, DX customers purchase through the Toy Store after 5/20/21."
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Four Days in May is Virtual and Taking Registrations Now!
Come one! Come All! Virtual FDIM is Saturday May 22, 2021
It's time to register for FDIM 2021, you do not want to miss out on our first ever virtual FDIM. Registration Link is found by going to https://qrparci.org on the front page.
The line up this year includes:
Jerry Wolczanski KI4IO - Making an Antenna Coupler
Dr. Jack Purdum W8TEE - How to Select a Microcontroller for a QRP Project
Dave Benson K1SWL - Anatomy of a Transceiver; Building a Better Mousetrap
Han Summers G0UPL - Reach for the Skies: Extreme QRP at 35,000 Feet
Dino Papas KL0S - Bench Setup Using Inexpensive Test Equipment
Tim Snodgrass KC0DN - Breaking Free of the Sunspot Cycle
Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE - sBITX - An Open Source SDR that YOU can hack!
There will also be evening sessions with the authors, and vendors. Registration is $10.00, then one week before the event you will receive a link to the event and a link to a PDF of the Proceedings Book. Please register as soon as you can so we have some idea of headcount. Also, registrants will be eligible to win fabulous and certainly valuable door prizes, like always! You do not need to be present to win but you DO need to be registered.
Printed copies of the Proceedings Book will be sold through the QRP-ARCI Toystore for $15 a copy. If you can not attend, the book is a great way to catch up on the presentations from this Virtual FDIM.
Book sales to US Customers Only, DX customers purchase through the Toy Store after 5/20/21.
David W. Cripe, NM0S - President QRP-ARCI
Monday, March 8, 2021
So GOOD to be back in the Park!
Today the DNR was doing measured burns of a lot of the grassy fields in the AFWA, so the smell of smoke was everywhere, this was another reason I decided to cut out a little early.
|Italian POW Chapel located near Stone Arch Lake in the AFWA|
The chapel is normally locked up unless there is a Mass scheduled, this had to be done because of vandals that have tried to destroy this place. The pictures below give you some idea of what is inside. It's a very quiet and peaceful place.
|The Altar inside the Italian POW Chapel, and other artworks that were restored in 1988.|
|Stone Arch Lake - Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area - Franklin Indiana|
Well I can't wait to get out there again! Weather looks great all week so maybe Wednesday or Thursday night.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Ready for Spring!
So this morning I brought out the old K1 and fired up on 40m. The band sounded lively and I needed to check the readout calibration. I tuned to 7056 Khz and sent our a couple of CQ's, Reverse Beacon has me at 7056.2 Khz. So I definitely need to check the other bands. I built my K1 in May-June 2002, so it's almost 20 years old now...def in need of a tune up.
My last CQ was answered by Dave N9ZXL up in Rockford Illinois, about 250 miles from my QTH, and I was running 5w. Dave gave me a 569 and I gave him a 579. The QSB was pretty bad so we didn't really get to have a rag chew, we said our 73's and ended the QSO.
So like usual I went to QRZ to look Dave up. Wow. Dave has a machine shop in his basement and makes keys and bugs. They are very nice looking. Check out N9ZXL on QRZ to take a look for yourself. Dave is a US Navy veteran radioman, and his bio on QRZ is interesting reading. Just goes to show what kind of interesting folks are out there waiting to talk to us.
That's it for now....I hope my next posting is about my latest POTA activation!
73 de KB9BVN