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Route 66 On-The-Air Special Event - QSL Manager for the St. Louis locations for W6P Route 66 On-The-Air, September 9 - 17, 2017 - Come see us again.  SASE to above address for W6P only.  See QRZ listing W6P for more information. Thanks for participating and helping to make this special event a success. We have a lot of fun on this end too.Thanks all, de Jim KG0KP.

W6P made 4087 contacts in 2015 - another good year

OUR ROUTE 66 EVENT MADE 46015 CONTACTS IN 2014, THE BEST YEAR EVER.  If you talked to W6P in 2014, you may have talked to me.  I made 2606 of the W6P contacts in 2014.  W6P in 2014 made 4012 contacts, and in 2013, 2012 and 2011 made 3476, 4825, 2504.   These are for W6P in the St. Louis, MO area of the Route 66 On-The-Air Special Event!  Hope you were one of them. We sure had fun doing it. We want to thank everyone who contacted us. YOU are the ones who make this Special Event a success. Our excitement grows each year and it appears yours does too. 2014 was our 14th year. Mark your calendars. Call us next September. Thank you.

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WF&P RAILROAD activation again June 7, 2015 in Field Day style. Digital and SSB stations in operaton, possibly CW as well. I have previously organized the mini Special Event in Glencoe, Missouri at the Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad (WF&P RR, WFPRR.COM and many vidios on UTube); we had a lot of fun. Several brought equipment and operated HF phone, CW, and digital stations with VHF and UHF too. We had a beautiful day again.

We talked to a lot of people who came to ride the little steam railroad that runs on 12 inch tracks and I was told they had 650 passengers this Sunday. This is really a neat (OK, so I am old) little train station and track that runs out along the Meremec River and bluffs and is run totally by volunteers on Sundays and by special scheduling on Wednesdays and Saturdays for kids birthday parties throughout the summer. Take a look at their website, WFPRR.COM, lots of pictures. I had planned on PSK for HF digital but the RTTY contest was on and everybody was on RTTY, sooo… we were too (while also talking to visitors about amateur radio). Worked 26 digital contacts. 18 were DX and 14 of them were over 4000 miles and one at 5050 miles. Great for our temporary setup. New antenna, full sized 40 meter vertical with a wire for 20 (fibergalss 4 ft mast sections to 34 feet, with 8 radials). It worked very well on 15 too of course.  Come on out and check out the trains too.

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Modest station here but with quite a few options. You’ve heard the story – subdivision with all the woes. Elecraft K3/P3 is my main HF radio, nearly full featured. Both mobile and base, 440 to 160 at home (when I get my 160 inverted L antenna back up) and 440 to 80 mobile. Power supply is Astron RS-70M, IC746 original (full filters), Dentron MT3000A tuner, Ameritron ALS-500 and AL-1500Q Amps. In the attic HF fan dipole with wires cut for 10, 20, and 40.  This gives me all 7 bands from 10 through 40 meters with the tuner.  Also a 2 meter vertical, 2 three elt VHF beams, a 5 elt 2 meter quad I designed and built. Outside on the ground are a Butternut HF-6V and an HF-9V. At home I have a quad core 2.9 gig, Win7 PC for digital, HF and contesting, packet, APRS, and other. Mobile, a 2.67 gig i5, Win7 Laptop, Kenwood TM-D710, IC706MkIIG, LDG 200 Pro, HI-Q screwdriver, RMS, APRS, GPS to a TM-D700, keyboard and interface, laptop, second GPS and mapping software, SignaLink, Fldigi, and RMS Express go with on RRT exercises and activations and other portable operations. Another HF antenna added to the mix can be easily moved between vehicles. It is homebrew magmount with screwdriver style coil and manual adjust slider for adjustment to a 102 inch whip. Works great. Efficiency will be greater on the HI-Q screwdriver because of the size of the wire and the coil but this thing is great for temporary setup on any vehicle.

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For the first time in my ham life, I have the two ground rods at my station connected to the electrical house ground outside and have added one but will have 3 additional 8ft ground rods outside 15 ft apart to improve the electrical (and Lightning) ground.Now working on my antenna coax entrance panel which will contain my bulkhead and lightning arresters to be connected to the same ground.

Hey, this is fun. I have amateur radio books I acquired when I was going into high school in 1960. I remember quite well the station of a classmate’s father. Three racks of equipment with switches, meters and knobs all over. His operating table was just to the left of it and there was a mic similar to an old broadcast mic. The walls without equipment were COVERED floor to ceiling with QSL cards. Problem was, he was an over the road salesman and I never met him. I did see his car once when he was home but gone at the moment. The front seat passenger area was completely stacked with equipment, three or four pieces high, built on a bolted in rack, big stuff then. No passengers there.

I never again heard anybody mention anything about amateur radio until 1992. I JUMPED on him. I got my Novice first, then my Tech, took my General written test and Advanced a week later then almost lost my CSCEs for lack of practicing code. I was probably down to ½ word per minute and couldn’t even remember some of the characters, hi. There were 5 weeks remaining until my General CSCE expired. I found 7 tests being given in the area before my CSCE expired and decided I would take them ALL if need be to try to get the 13 words passed. Blew the first one. Passed the second (went from 0-13 WPM in about 2 weeks). Went directly from Tech Plus to Advanced, never was a General. THEN they go and set the date to change the license classes and merge the advanced and extra question pools. Well, I had the 13 words, and wanted credit for the code at 20 which was going away and didn’t really want to take the advanced over again since they were going to merge the question pools, so I would have to take the Extra before the deadline. Here we go again, maybe 5 wpm now as I hadn’t used code for several years, now have a deadline to get from 4 or 5 wpm to 20 wpm to get my extra. Well, pretty much the same story, but DID IT.

Ex-president of St. Louis ARC, Treasurer, Secretary, Chairman of the Board of St. Charles ARC, and charter member of our ARES Rapid Response Team(RRT), VE for ARRL and W5YI.

I belong to St Louis Amateur Radio Club SLARC,  NUMBER ONE in Missouri for Field Day 2014 in Class 2A) .

I also belong to St Charles Amateur Radio Club SCARC,  NUMBER ONE in Missouri for Field Day 2014 in Class 3A and Number TWO in Missouri overall behind SLARC .

SLARC has Tech meetings every Wednesday “evening” from whenever you get there until you have to leave. We look at each others new radios and homebrew items, help with any problems, work on antennas, radios, projects, demo or help with soldering and coax connector installation, plan field day, our hamfest, scheduling contest operators, and anything that is broken including world problems. There is NO call to order and it starts when the first person gets there, usually before 4:00 and ends when the last one leaves, usually 7:30 but it may be 9PM. We actually do have official meetings on third Fridays at 6PM.

SCARC is an eating club, hi. We meet every Saturday morning at the local eatery, stand and talk in the parking lot or lobby until they open at 7:30 and mostly leave by 10 or 11 AM (sometimes, the world simply has more problems). Actual meetings are held on forth Monday of the month (preceded by the dinner before-meeting meeting and followed by a trip to the Ice Cream shop for the after-meeting meeting), BOD meetings are third Monday with the before-meeting meetings and the after-meeting meetings too. Some of the members also get together for secret meetings (hi hi) at restaurants on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday noon. A person simply cannot always wait for the next meeting to eat.

Besides the SERVICE we do as part of emergency organizations and groups that justifies our amateur radio licenses, this is a hobby guys and gals, have FUN. 73, de Jim KG0KP

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