Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 Illinois QSO Party prep

This is be mostly pictures with captions. The ILQP is Sunday the 21st starting at 1700z and ends at 0100z. Looks like a good weather day so at least we won't get soaked like last year!

I will be doing the same route as last year as a rover station. This means I can be mobile and still operate from county lines and corners. Operation will be mostly 20 and 40 phone.

I will start at the Pulaski/Alexander county line in an area that is also KFF- 0283 Cypress Creek for WWFF. I will then move to the county corner of Pulaski, Johnson and Massac which is KFF-4112 Cache River.  Operation will be mostly 40 and 80 phone.

There will be an update sometime early next week on how the contest went.



Took my LED headlamp out of the center console of my truck and I guess someone forgot to remove the batteries again. Vinegar and alcohol fixed it up. 

SOTA wire winders are great for cables and ropes. Here are my guy ropes for the pushup mast on the left and on the right is my end fed wire for my Inverted L. The Inverted L will be fed by an AH-4 tuner.

The 40 meter doublet all nice a neat in its bag. It will not look like this tomorrow evening but that is what Monday is for. Winding up all the ropes and wires. 




The mobile contesting console installed on the left. The rats nest on the right is a 35ah battery, DC booster and powergate. This ensures that the IC-7100 always has 14 volts and full power output even if I shut the engine off for awhile. Not seen in these pictures is the 110 watt GE RangR VHF radio that will primarily be used for any simplex contacts and chat with others in the area on the repeaters. This radio has its own 35ah battery in the rear seat floorboard. 


Push-up mast, 2 painters poles, 2 meter antenna, AH-4 tuner and concrete blocks. I find setting up 3 masts by yourself is enough of a challenge and trying to get the stakes for the end guys in the right spot is hard for me so this year I am going to try using only the concrete blocks. I needed the blocks for my second operating location anyway because it is all rock and I can't get a stake driven through the rocks. 


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