SMARC Sparks Online Magazine

July 6, 2020

Greetings SMARC Members and Friends.

As Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. have allowed retail to start a phased reopening, there has been the question regarding "eye ball" meetings. This area has not yet seen the spikes other parts of the country are experiencing. Rest assured, we will. With that said, I don't see the monthly breakfast meetings returning any time soon.

Happenings at my shack? I have the mast planted in the back yard for the Cushcraft R7000 vertical. Waiting for the tree service to schedule a time to take down a few trees and trim some others before I attach the R7000 to the mast. The Alpha Delta DX-LB trapped trapped dipole for 40, 80, and 160 is working quite well.

Work is moving along on installing an HF antenna on the pick up truck. I purchased a motorized antenna and controller. I have submitted drawings to a sheet metal fabrication shop for a quote for the antenna mounting system. It will live on top of the pickup bed cap and will accommodate 3 antennas.

Ken LaCapria, KA3POX