VHF Sweepstakes from AMRAD Van
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Sun Jan 23 20:25:50 CST 2005
We had a very good weekend operating the VHF SS from the AMRAD Van.
Iain, KI4HLV was the main operator and was really working the bands for
contacts and points. The rest of us to include Glenn, KA0ESA, Sandy,
WB5MMB, Hal, WB3KDU, and Andre', K4ICK were working on the setup and
improvements as we found shortcomings.
After trying a number of rigs Iain settled on the ICOM IC706MkIIG and
shortly thereafter, Sandy brought a second IC706MkIIG. Iain dedicated
the second one to 430 MHz while using the first for 6 and 2 meters.
That seemed to work well as the coax cables all stayed the same during
We need some improvements to the van that became evident from this
weekend. We had a discussion about these and will to make some of these
changes with time.
I want to pursue some of our ideas for disaster recovery R&D at the same
We also think we would like to take the van to Vienna WinterFest on
March 13th. We need to think of things we can do to show off the van there.
In summary, this weekend worked out well and it was a good way to
exercise our van and find the weaknesses.
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