Recap and Pix from 3/99
The LPQS dry run exercise -- a preliminary foray into setting up a QRP station at the swap meet turned out to be a "wet run" what with some clouds and early morning rain. Nonetheless, Sam, KF6ML, and Gody, AC6UV, showed up at dawns early light and were able to get up a fan dipole for 40 and 20 meters, a table (and an umbrella), and a station. K6WHP followed along with his OHR 100A, a couple of chairs, and a ton of towels. Surprisingly, the station was operating in less than 20 minutes (Gody and Sam are real pros at this) and Gody had KR6LP checked into the Saturday morning net on 7.040. Also on hand to lend help and moral support were Dick, WB6JDH, Norm, KQ6SD, and Veda, KF6JHC.
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|Despite the gloomy skies, precipitation, and sparse attendance, the operation attracted quite a bit of attention. A number of spectators expressed an interest in QRP and were added to the mailing list as potential members. One shudders to think of the response on a fair, crowded Saturday.||
|An interesting side effect of the damp weather was that each rig seemed to "lock up" by sending repeated dits. At first K6WHP thought it was his Bencher paddles (that had a propensity to do this in the shack), but when the problem recurred with Sam's Scout, it was assumed that the dampness caused the paddle contacts to arc over (mental note: remember this for any similar damp outings).||
|We spoke with the CMRA officials (who operate the swap meet) and will be getting a permanent slot with a prime location (#44 if all goes well) for the upcoming events. Come on out and kibbutz or operate.||
|When the swap meet adjourned understandably early, the hardy souls beat feet for Hudson's up the road and warm dry surroundings. Joining the group were Roger, KD6CC, Jim, AD6CW, and Barry, AD6HR. Roger immediately went to work photo-documenting the current crop of projects brought for the show'n'tell (see the web site) and the rest of the group busied themselves with screwdrivers, disassembling the works of art -- the Glowbug QRP rig and power supply and "oner" rig -- that Roger brought. In addition we had the pleasure to see first hand, Sam's incredible complete Qrp station in a box. Sam designed into the box a Tic Keyer, a wire antenna with antenna tuner, a 38 special modified to 40 meters, and a set of paddles. EVERYTHING one would need for an impromptu Qrp session in the woods. Barry shared his Tixie transceiver, the smallest rig in the bunch, and Jim brought along his QRP+, and all band self-contained QUALITY Qrp rig. Godi brought along his recently completed NorCal 20 Transceiver that is the current rave on QRP-L..||
for a bit on starting a concurrent FISTs chapter and took
membership applications for the same. He also said that
he would apply for the club call and petition for the
club FISTs number when the application is honored by the
FCC. Roger made an excellent suggestion: A contest called
the "KR6LP Fishing Derby". Basically, we would
offer certificates for those working any KR6LP members
and each of the membership would be able to provide a
contact with an "endorsement" sticker. It was
suggested that the first person to work five or ten of
the members could win a prize -- maybe a Small Wonders
Lab kit or something relatively nominal. In any event, it
is a super idea and one that will really put us on the
map. Barry, AD6HR, has invited all of us to help him with
the Diamond Bar 10th anniversary commemorative station --
they need strong backs to help raise the tower for the
N6T station on April 17th. The fruits of our labors would
be to stick around and operate. So, come on by and help
or just sidewalk supervise.
April 24th is QRP TTF and Gody and Sam proposed we set up down in the San Diego area close to the border so we could give out two countries and double out points. We should kick this one around more -- sounds like a great idea. No matter what, we should see about getting out for the day if, for no other reason, than to prepare for FD.
Speaking of which, we will go to Chilao again this year but there will be significant additions to our team: Sam will be there and will *assist* with the chow situation (he did a great job for the Zuni Loopers in past years -- but we should give him an opportunity to have some ham fun too), Norm, KQ6SD, wants to operate 20 phone with his solar-powered SWL White Mountain rig (bonus points) and Veda, KF6JHC, is going to try to become a satellite pro and get us a few contacts (*more* bonus points)..
Before we knew it, 2:00 rolled around and we had to
leave but look for us next month -- again, slot #44 and
then at Hudson's. ..and for goodness sakes, bring your
projects to brag about. BCNU
Also, we took the first step toward bringing the local chapter of FISTS into being. The next step is to apply for a club license, then for a vanity callsign. Once we get the club license, I will apply for a FISTS club number, which we hope can be 6600, and will also apply for a vanity callsign. We are calling ourselves "Inland Empire FISTS," with Roger (KD6CC) as President, and I'll be the trustee for the club license.
Thanks again to Bill and all, for allowing the local
FISTS chapter to meet with LPQS each month. Looking
forward to seeing everyone next month.
WOW! Am I excited. It is truly a pleasure to be in the company of so many motivated and enthusiastic individuals. If we can carry on with these things, we are bound to have a successful club. The QPRTTF activity sounds like a winner, as it will give us the opportunity to practice and organize for Field Day, 1999. I'm planning on this club setting some records and/or bringing home the title. How 'bout you?
A big "ATTABOY" to the Bill, Godi, and Sam for planning, and successfully implementing the Qrp Station at the Swap meet. For those of us not yet FISTS members, please contact Jim AD6CW for further information. Jim will be placing more information on our web page soon.
If you have projects in the works or completed, we would love to show case them on the web. Take your pictures and send them to me for scanning, or if you have a scanner, you can send them with an email. We missed our members who could not make it to this meeting. We all know how tight individual schedules can be but I urge you, if you can at all swing it, plan on attending our next meeting after the Cal Poly Swap meet. If you are excited about Amateur Radio and Qrp, you'll find instant camaraderie at the luncheon. If not, you will be.