“The Barnstormers News” Volume 8 No.2, March 12,2003
Major Contest Season Finished, Now for the Repairs and Changes
With the ARRL contests behind us, the four majors are over. The Barnstormers did our best to make it five in a row for the YCCC. I am sure the club appreciates our efforts. To recap, here are the summaries for CW and SSB:
Band QSOs Mults
160: 21 17
80: 324 71
40: 650 94 Operators: KB1H, AA1CE, N1XS
20: 1330 118 NB1U, K1EBY, N4XR
15: 1266 108
10: 862 106
Total: 4453 514 Total Score = 6,827,976
Band QSOs Mults
160 14 13
80 193 67
40 239 78 Operators: KB1H, KB1DFB, N1XS
20 1164 126 AA1CE, K1EBY, W1TJL
15 1108 117 WB2VVV, N1NK, N2PGD
10 479 104
Totals 3197 505 Total Score = 4,778,310
Both efforts were M/M with the SSB weekend understaffed. Still good efforts and I thank all for the help both in operating and preparing for our efforts.
Now for the Changes…..
As discussed and agreed during our annual Christmas party, we will be expanding the station to have four permanent operating positions. Well, the weekend following the SSB contest, Kim and Chris started the destruction/reconstruction. Station #2 and #3 Desks have already been moved including electrical work. We will be moving some shelves and constructing the desk for Station #4 soon. The picture below was taken in the midst of this past weekend’s work.
KB1DFB trying not to electrocute himself.
It was amazing how fast the initial work was done and Station #2 was being reassembled. K1JCL will be CAD welding our new grounding buss bar this weekend and the new Station #4 will be started. The old Station #4 will be dedicated to VHF/UHF. Speaking of those toy bands, Terry, KB1FMM, helped us out and finished the 6M conversion of the SB-220. With about 40 watts in we are getting about 1KW out on Six! We will now rule this band as well. Come on summer openings!
The picture below shows the old 2M amp moved and the desks reinstalled.
Probably one of the biggest chores we will have to do before CQWW is to find operators to fill the new seat. During ARRL SSB it was nice to meet and have Mark, N2PGD, help us out. Mark usually operates with N1RR but due to station repairs at N1RR he needed a place to operate. Welcome Mark!
The Dreaded Repair List:
The “To Do” List:
q Finish the “Dallas”
q Install the new prop pitch on the 40M tower
q Install the “Dallas” and new 6M antenna on the windmill
q Move the 144, 220, 432 antennas to the 15M tower with new feedlines
q At least one new beverage running E-W
q Finish Station #4
q Re-do the antenna/station switching to accommodate the new Station
q Rebuild the VHF/UHF station
q Finish our “entertainment” center
As always, our lists are long with much to do. I am encouraged though to see us working already on the rebuilding in the shack. Not like us to start so early!
CQWW WPX SSB – March 29-30
We are planning to operate as a M/S entry in the WPX contest. Last year KB1DFB, N1XS, NB1U, and KB1H made a fairly decent effort and I think we came in second! We might try a little harder this year. Drop me an email if you want to help.
Don’t forget the YCCC Meeting April 6th. Elections will be held .
Frank’s Filter Fund
This fund is up to more than $30 and still growing. We are thinking about holding Bingo on Saturdays to help the fund!
Again I want to thank everyone for all the help throughout the year and I hope we still enjoy what we are doing. Remember, it’s a hobby!
73 – Dick KB1H