The front of the folded qsl is a non-tracked time exposure of the TSP radio tower with the Milky Way overhead photo by Steve WB4GHY. The Rohn 70'SSV tower with Mosley PRO-96, 2ele 30m beam and 6m beam are located on the Prude Ranch near Ft Davis, TX.
Our Radio Building is source of TSP radio, weather data, internet, ham radio, and TSP communications for the Texas Star Party.
TSP week (May 1st thru May 7th)
TSP hams operate a fixed station, W5TSP (Whisky Five Texas Star Party) at the Prude Ranch, site of the week-long Texas Star Party event. This station has a Mosley PRO-96 Yagi, 160 thru 20m Saturn dipole, 2-ele 30m Yagi, and various VHF/UHF antennas mounted to a Rohn 70′ SSV tower installed by TSP staff. The station operates 160 meters through 70cm.
On-The-Air (May 1st thru May 7th)
Operation of the TSP Prude Ranch Station runs Saturday May 1, 2015 through Saturday May 7. Due to other responsibilities of the TSP ham radio staff and the availability of attending hams, operation may be spotty. Remember, this is a star party and the emphasis is staying up when it is dark to pursue the wonders of the night sky, and sleeping the morning away.
Mobile Operations (May 1st and May 8th)
Amateur Radio Operators are invited to communicate with TSP Ham Radio Staff and other Hams traveling to and from the TSP. While TSP Staff will be traveling Friday April 30th and returning home Sunday May 8th, other Hams will be traveling throughout TSP week. This will be informal operations among TSP staff amateurs. All hams traveling to attend TSP as well as all other Hams are invited to participate. While traveling, TSP Staff will be operating HF and VHF. HF mobile operating frequencies and (informal) schedule is:
⦁ Most likely Mobile band -40 Meters: 7.215 (alt 7.218, 7.221, 7.224)
⦁ If on 20 meters: 14.238 (alt 14.241, 14.244 and 14.247)
⦁ If on 80 meters: 3.815 (alt 3.818, 3.821 and 3.824)
⦁ Listen for TSP Staff: W5TSP, WB4GHY, K5WUL, K5NCH(SK), NG5V, W5CWO, W5SOG, N5BFB, W5VMD and others
⦁ W5VMD functions as our informal net controller on travel days.
VHF operations will primarily be through:
⦁ The West Texas Connection (WTC) (⦁ http://www.westtexasconnection.net/)
⦁ The Southwest Lynx System (⦁ http://southwest.lynxs.4t.com/custom2.html)
⦁ Big Bend ARC (BBARC) System (⦁ http://www.bigbendarc.com/REPEATERS/Repeater_Index.html) (!! PLEASE read and observe operating guidelines for these linked systems !! )
W5TSP Special Events Station
Amateurs around the world are invited to monitor for Special Events Station, W5TSP.
Special Events operations will commence Tuesday May 3rd and run through Saturday May 7th. An astronomically-themed QSL card will be sent to those that send an SASE to W5TSP (QSL via K5WUL 7724 Chalkstone Dr. Dallas, Texas 75248)
W5TSP will operate near the following frequencies:
W5TSP will attempt to monitor The BBARC and/or 146.52 MHz as much as possible.
TSP attendees are encouraged to do the same.
Please visit the Radio Shack (see picture above) on the Prude Ranch located at the base of the antenna tower. Amateur Radio operators attending TSP are invited to guest operate W5T.
TSP Location data
Grid Square: DM80
County: Jeff Davis
Prude Ranch: A guest ranch in the Davis Mountains of West Texas
Latitude: 30 36’ 36” N
Longitude: 103 57’ 05” W
Ground Elevation: 5100’
View Pictures of TSP
Located about 5 miles west of Fort Davis, Texas
10 miles east of the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory
175 miles SE of El Paso, Texas
140 miles SW of Midland and Odessa, Texas
Time Standard: Central Daylight Savings Time (CDST) (UTC -5)
email@example.com (not always monitored)
QSL to: W5TSP (QSL via K5WUL 7724 Chalkstone Dr. Dallas, Texas 75248)
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