We had a pleasant QSO roundtable Thursday evening at 9:15 EDT at 3899. I said that I would start at 3899 and go down 3kc fm there till I find a quiet spot. What I meant was to find a freq not in use and 3899 was not in use but it was not quiet. Plenty of QRN to go around, thanks to normal summer noise augmented by thunderstorms in the Southeast.
Bill, KB4KFT, was first to ck in, from Duluth, GA. Then Billy, KI4KGK who was 55 most of the time. Next came Bobby with 600w, W4MAA, loud and clear. I found he is using a Heathkit SB-221 and using it well. I have an SB-200 that I cannot get to work so I plan to ask Bobby for advice. Jason, K1OGR, chimed in at 58; he and I have talked on 2m in Atlanta and he told me about LxPedition and we had also talked about BuddiPole with John, KI4ESV that morning. Finally Bill from Buckhead, KM4LS joined us at 58 and a Maryland station tried to enter but I couldn’t hear him altho the folks in Atlanta could. My signal reports were 57-58 most of the 30 minutes we talked.
We talked about rigs and antennas, QRN, and an upcoming hamfest in Waynesville that KB4KFT wants to attend. We had a variety of antennas represented: mine is OCF dipole, Bill’s is a G5RV (but he spoke of a field day special 80m antenna 5′ at the apex; I want to hear how that works), someone else had a phased array and yet another had a vertical loop.
This was a fun experience for me and next time I’ll give everyone a week’s notice instead of just 12 hours and look for more check ins.
Here’s a view of Misty Mountain Cabin.