As previewed in the last TLARC newsletter, for
planning purposes (while David, Juan, and I work on
it) we are looking for an estimate of those who are
available and interested in participating that fourth
weekend. Please read through the rest of this message
and send an email to randykgm@...
Friday night Jan 17th if you can make it one or both
The location is on the West side of Loudon County.
Turn at the red banner that leads to a gate:
2315 Big Sandy Road
Philadelphia, TN 37846
Some things to discuss at our meeting that is coming
up on Wednesday 1/15
after we get a head
1. 160m is consistently an 'after dark' band.
We'll be setting up on Friday around 1PM until the
contest starts at 5PM. The daytime will primarily be
local contacts and practice.
2. You don't need to be a CW expert in decoding or
sending code for this contest. There will be a
logging PC also decoding CW along with the radio
display showing decoded CW--if you want to use it.
WinKeyer is used to send code from the computer.
We'll have all of the equipment there for you; just
3. If you want to send your own code, I'll have a
Vibroplex traditional paddle there. You can also
bring your own bug, keyer, or even straight key if you
4. We're going to be using a beverage RX antenna
this year to benefit from the low noise background
that this antenna provides. This is in addition to the
one or two other TX antennas.
5. We'll be using one of Juan's Ameritron 1KW amps
this time. Multi-op for this contest is high power
only and you'll get to see what high power is like
(most helpful on low bands such as 160m with more
6. The small building is heated and has space for
sleeping, a small kitchen, and bathroom. The large
building is prepped for winter so we'll just use/heat
the top floor this time. As such, we're not doing a
picnic but will think about one for spring/summer.
7. GCA is around a 1/2hr drive for most of us. If
you plan on operating late, we can sleep in the
smaller building and either go home later or stick
around until dusk the next day. Sunday will likely
not get us many more points and can be used as a take
down day unless someone's interested in operating at
the end--let me know.
More to follow on the meeting 1/15
. Hope to
see you there and remember to send an email at randykgm@... soon
if you can make it
. (If not available or
interested this time please disregard this email.)