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
The location is on the West side of Loudon County.
Turn at the red banner that leads to a gate:
Philadelphia, TN 37846
Some things to discuss at our meeting that is
coming up on Wednesday 1/15
after we get a
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 show up.
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 like.
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 noise).
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
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
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