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QSL: LOTW, direct, OQRS - buro via Clublog QORS only

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Welcome

Welcome to the page for the Maricopa Contest Club (NN7AZ).  Over time, we expect to be the QSL manager for many calls.  See "Current QSL operations" for the most recent calls.

You might be interested in our VHF (and HF) Superstation Construction as well, including the 2mEME work.

Our primary interest is VHF contesting at our club station in grid DM32.    You are also welcome to QSL calls you make with this callsign.  The address above is the QSL address.

Our members will sometimes DXpedition overseas (for either VHF or HF) and this call may be the manager for those calls.

How to QSL our Club or Any Station We Manage

You can get your confirmations any number of ways:

  • LOTW at minimum and often eQSL will be supported.  Easy and cheap.  But, if you need a card...
  • OQRS vial Clublog (www.clublog.org) should be enabled for all calls we manage.  OQRS will always be cheaper and faster than overseas direct (postal) QSLs.  Typical cost:  1.50 to 2 USD and no postage for you, either!
  • Direct QSLs must include SASE (US only) or 2 USD plus return envelope.  No IRCs!  OQRS is strongly preferred if you live outside of the US.
  • NN7AZ does not have envelopes at the "buro".  Beautiful as your card is, we don't need it.  Please do not burden the buro system with cards that must be thrown away.  Use OQRS to get your buro cards.  That is, using OQRS' "bureau option", we will send QSL cards to you without you sending one to us.  Also much faster!

Whatever you choose, email if problems arise.

Current QSL Operations

We will be managing the C6ATA operation for 2017.  OQRS is availble and LOTW and eQSL were uploaded.   Warning:  Calls made on 14-June at 1430 through 2030 are a pirate.  Check Clublog, eQSL, or email.

Before the C6ATA operation, we also continue to manage QSL requests are for the VHF Pirates operation completed on 5 July 2016.  LOTW should already be available for 6Y5AZ, 6Y6M, and 6Y7R and they are also uploaded to Clublog for OQRS.  Most people have their cards by now.  See also OQRS for C6AWO in 2015 as well.

Selected Construction Details

We are constructing what we expect will be a worthy station.  Here's a few selected photos of our progress.  Here's Bud, N7CW, climbing down after the initial "setting" of our antennas on Tower 2 (VHF tower).  That's an M2 6M7 on six (JHV) and also a stacked pair on 1296 and one on 432.  Later on, we added a 30m Moxon.  Tower 2 is 70 foot, Rohn 45.

Tower Raising Day Detail

Here is a current site picture.  We now have "gain" on 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 432, and 1296.  We expect to add 160m, 80m to our "gain" story.  In the meantime, we have a full sized 80m vertical (left of Tower 1).

Antenna Farm, 4/27/17

Here's a couple of pictures of our rackmount work.  The first picture has Gary, N7IR, just finishing adjusting our modern but retro-looking 1296 and 432 amplifier/preamp combos in the hut.

View of HUT rack with amp/preamps for 432, 1296

The second is a picture of our massive 2m EME control, plus our amp, including provision for remote operation.  Custom trays built by AA7A.  The system is obviously undergoing testing.  EME Amp is 2M2000RM from W6PQL, with cnstom modifications for remoting by AA7A.  It supports JT65 at full power.

2mEME Rack

Here's an earlier picture of the EME assembly work.  We did as much at ground level as possible on a temporary mast.  WO7R holds the ladder for N7IR and AA7A. EME ntennas are 8 by 2m5wl (horizontal) and 8x 11 element custom Yagis (modified by AA7A after W5UN design).

Frame Construction

Here's Ned, AA7A, putting the 8th EME Yagi in place with a "bucket truck".  We saw a lot of "big boy" toys on this one -- a backhoe, a crane, and two different "lift" or "bucket" trucks.

Attaching Yagi 8 to EME array

Trenching work.  Our next door neighbor, Mike, is a fully qualified backhoe operator; we gratefully utilized his skill.  Here, Mike is about halfway through the trench, from the house to the hut.  We put control cable, CAT 6, and lots of coax in this trench.  Heliax went in "bare", the softer cable in a 4" drain pipe.

Mike Cable Trencing

Here's a picture of one of our two "cable bridges".  We hung the cables from suitable clamps.  The bridge itself is made of telescoping electrical conduit, cross braced by steel.  The cables are attached to the cross braces with U bolts or cable clamps.  You can also see the handy (blue) roller ladder in the foreground.  A pickup can (and did) drive under this bridge.

Cable Bridge

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