2009 Grid Expedition
CO83, CO84, CO90, CO91, DO05
August 21-26, 2009
This picture was taken in DN05nf near Grand Prairie, Alberta. As the name implies, the terrain surrounding this location is flat for nearly as far as the eye can see.
The initial motivation for this trip was to pick up a 30' Hilo pneumatic mast which I purchased on eBay from a Grand Prairie area ham. It would have been cheaper to have it shipped, but my wife and I were looking for an excuse for a road trip. Since we were driving through a lot of rarely activated grids and I had a new mast to play with, we decided to spend a few extra days on the road.
The 6M Portable Station comprises a 3 element homebrew yagi mounted on the Hilo mast (shown at 25' in this photo), an Icom 756ProIII and an SPE Expert 1K-FA solid state 1KW amplifer. When running high duty-cycle modes like FSK441, the amp is happiest between 500 and 600W.
Here's a picture of the mast when it is down and ready for driving. Although not obvious from this angle, the top of the mast is lower than the luggage rack.
QSO Summary by Grid
At total of 74 6M meteor scatter contacts were made using FSK441, JT6M, and SSB.
QSLs have been sent out to all who have requested them so far. To request a QSL card, please send an SASE to:
Clay Curtiss W7CE
6117 Shady Lane SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Copyright 2009, Clay Curtiss, W7CE. All Rights Reserved.
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