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Monday Night Net Moves to 145.460

The Colorado QRP Club’s Monday night net will meet on a different Colorado Repeater Association frequency – the 145.460 (107.2 Hz tone) machine – until further notice. The time will remain the same, 8:00 pm Mountain Time.

After 35 years, the CRA is moving from its Conifer repeater site due to the construction of a new tower, and the 147.225 repeater will be temporarily out of service.

“We will temporarily shut off the Conifer repeaters on Saturday, September 16th, and return them to operation at their new site as soon as possible,” the CRA reports on its official website, W0CRA.ORG. “The location of our new site will be announced soon.”

The 145.460 repeater is located on Eldorado Mountain southwest of Boulder at an elevation of 8,300 feet. 145.460 is linked to 145.160 in Colorado Springs, so the system works as it did but without 147.225.

 

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The AZ Connection

by Dick Schneider AB0CD

[NOTE: This article is under repair. Via the oddities of the InterWEB an entire chuck in the middle has completely vanished! It will soon be fixed and play can resume — ed. 07/16/17]

During a recent trip to visit my oldest son, Kevin, and his family in Scottsdale, AZ, (and assist in a few home improvement projects!), I packed up a respectable field station and buried it in my single checked travel bag. I figured I had better start working my portable ham radio chops again, since I knew I would be drifting down to Arizona when the chill winds roar up here in Aworked stations on both coasts and a few back into Colorado and locales in the Midwest. It was great fun.

The station is rounded out with a Case Logic station bag, Palm paddle, earbuds, a compact logbook and, of course, an analog pencil.

In the evenings, after the hot sun vanished, Kevin, his family, and I used my Yeasu FT-60R to chat with son Trygve KB0WNZ back in Denver via IRLP.

With the panoply of flat trail/travel ready rigs available, a Buddipole and a little gumption is all you need these days to take the great hobby on Earth with you wherever you go.

EPILOGUE

The painter’s pole and nylon cord were left behind in Kevin’s storage shed for future visits. The Buddipole has since been sold. I do that. A lot. However, I like to make antennas, and I am building a pair of Buddipoles using the original homebrew designs by Buddipole inventor Budd Drummond W3FF. No scorpions were harmed in the making of this article.

AUTHOR

Dick Schneider AB0CD is the current secretary and former president of the Colorado QRP Club. He spends his non-hamming hours with family, staring at trees, tutoring college students in writing, and writing mystery novels under his bigly name, Richard J. Schneider.

© 2017 Richard J. Schneider

CQC Top Ten April 2017

The Top Ten … reasons why oldtimer QRPers really miss active sunspot cycles…

10. Working your East Coast buddy on 80 meters using a gold filling in an upper molar.
9. Beating out kilowatters in pile-ups.
8. Working Eastern Europe BEFORE you walk into the shack.
7. Finally – getting some Q’s with that “magic” antenna that never really worked quite right.
6. Worked All States BEFORE the neighbor kid tells you he cut your feedline when he last mowed the lawn.
5. The dog jumps ten feet every time you key the rig.
4. DXCC on 160 meters.
3. You can just lay out your dipoles on the ground.
2. Two words: CLEAN SWEEP

And the Number One reason why oldtimer QRPers really miss active sunspot cycles…

Constantly uttering the phrase on phone, “Honest, I’m only running five watts.”