Up to date

The FCC finally updated its database and I’m officially on the books as an Extra class licensee. My friend, Scott, is now KN4UWP.  I have been getting ready for Field Day with the Andrew Johnson ARC in Greeneville (TN).  At the club meeting last night, I decided to step up and will be the “digital modes” captain at our FD operation at Kinser Park in Greeneville.   When I come home for the evening, I want to get on my radio and try operating Feld Hell for Field Day…just for something fun and different.  Though the ARRL says that FD is not a contest, I treat it as it is but I really, really enjoy FD with my club and solo.

No word on being able to get the Mosley up for Field Day so I will just make do with the hamstick dipole.  I moved that antenna back to its original location near my shack and it seems to do better at the old location.  I’m thinking about sticking up a G5RV Junior (10-40 meters) next to my parents’ garden in an inverted V configuration.  That’s a work in progress still.

I’m working on getting my 706 together with my other MFJ antenna matcher with my “portable EFHW” antenna (84′ wire connected to a 9:1 balun with a 17′ counterpoise with coax running to the radio) to try operating portable later this year after my personal life settles down a bit.  It would be fun to get out and try to activate a few places like the Unaka Mountain Overlook and the Beauty Spot to operate.  The Beauty Spot is only about 200 feet from the Appalachian Trail.  I’d have to take the Pathfinder up there since the road has deteriorated badly over the past several years.


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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