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2017 Alabama QSO Party

Jun 3rd, 2017 (11AM CDST to 11PM CDST)

Will try to cover 9 counties this year.  As in the past I won't have a driver, so will drive to a county then operate, then to the next county and so forth.  Here is a graphic of my 2017 route.

First of all thanks for all the QSOs if you worked me and if you didn't then perhaps next year!

Initial results and notes for next year:

Did cover all 9 counties, operating mobile with NO driver. 

Total operating time was 5 hours 10 min.  Total QSOs 232.  About 8 hours of driving time.

Really another antenna would be nice.  Not having to change resonators would remove some aggrevation and perhaps save some time.  Probably spent 30 min or more just changing resonators.

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First licensed Aug 1978 as KA4DMC.  Was in the USAF 20 years and retired in 1988.  Shortly after being licensed I was assigned to Weisbaden, GE in 1979 and got a reciprocal license as DA1JO.   Spend 3 years there and was very active there.  Operated in my first contest in 1980 from Germany.  Great activity.

Picture in the upper right corner is the "DXSpider" that W4EIP (aka:W2DTJ) built a number of years ago from muffler parts.  Arnie is a Silent Key now, he was a wonderful gentleman and I miss him!  He gave me the DXSpider and I have kept it out at the tower for good luck with my DX activities.  

Have had many different stations over the years.  This was my station around 2011.  It has changed a bit and I will update the picture one of these days. 

Refurbed an old F9FT 2m antenna.  I replaced the driven element insulation.  I used it for a while, but really lost interest and gave it to NV4B who has a much more significant interest in VHF and UHF Contesting.  Also shown is the installation of the 2m and 6m antennas.  The 6m antenna was a homebrew on loan from K4ZGB (returned it)--have a 5 element 6m LFA beam project on the horizon as soon as the weather permits.

This is a 80m sloper with hardward that WO4D helped me with around 1999.  It worked pretty good on a small lot in Florida.

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