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Flex-6700 US Island Activation Hits Stormy Weather 8 - July - 2013

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Weather has interrupted  the testing with George W9EVT is hosting  on WI-001L Washington Island, and the internet we use.

Pictures and updates will have to wait until my return.

For now here is a video of from the German Ham Show:

As posted at the SmartSDR Yahoo Group list:

Hello to all,

Look http://youtu.be/Dg28LJvEzDA

73 to all
Michel F5OZF

Thank you Michel F5OZF

73

Steve
K9ZW

K9ZW Flex-6700 US Island Activation at WI-001L 4 - July - 2013

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As mentioned, George W9EVT is hosting us for a few days on WI-001L Washington Island to let me try the Flex-6700 in an exceptionally RF quiet location with his world class antenna farm.

Everything set up very quick and we’ve been working DX right from start.

I also ran a clean sweep of the 13 Colonies event, including the bonus WM3PEN station. I did do one QSO in the sweep on the IC-7800 as K2H was PSK and RTTY only, and I didn’t bring everything to put the Flex-6700 on digital.

I have filled in some band/mode holes and a couple DX QTHs I hadn’t worked at all.

Did a lot more listening, basically comparing against the IC-7800, with the Flex-6700 showing itself very well!

Will be on periodically for the next several days, depending on what days I need to be home and which I can be up there.

Catch you on the air!

73

Steve
K9ZW

With Flex-6700 Heading Off for US Island Activation 2 - July - 2013

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George W9EVT is hosting us for a few days on WI-001L Washington Island to let me try the Flex-6700 in an exceptionally RF quiet location with his world class antenna farm.

Software on a thumb drive and radio in its shipping box we’re off for the couple hour drive, then 30 minutes ferry ride to Washington Island.

Will be on periodically for the next several days, depending on what days I need to be home and which I can be up there.

Catch you on the air!

73

Steve
K9ZW

A Day Out to WI-001L with WI9DX/W9DK Clubs 20 - June - 2010

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Yesterday June 19th 2010 seven Mancorad W9DK Club members traveled to Washington Island, Wisconsin – US Island WI-001L – to visit and operate from George W9EVT’s Mega-Hamshack as part of the WI9DX Washington Island DX Club.

A 5:45am departure took us to a 8am Northport departure (first of the day this time of year) on the Washington Island Ferry Line’s ferry boat the “Washington” to the Island. Thirty minutes later we were on-island and quickly having to remember to wave to every passing car, a wonderful Washington Island tradition!

After dropping most of the team at the Red Cup Coffee & Cafe ( reviews ) young Victor KC9NWB was dropped off at an Island based buddy’s home where he is spending much of the week. The Red Cup was outstanding as usual, and it was a real pleasure to drink carefully crafted coffee outside in such a pleasant place!

Not wanting to arrive at the W9EVT Hamshack too early, we made the next stop the “Stavkirke” wooden chapel. Click on the link for pictures, but this is one my favorite churches, and over the years we’ve attended services and performances several times in the building. Photo session and donations done, it was off to Schoolhouse Beach.

Unlike the photos on the tourist website linked, I was the only one who waded into the still very cold water.

Next stop was the W9EVT hamshack at Greengate Farm.

I will cover the Hamshack in another post, once we’ve pictures uploaded. Doesn’t seem smart to write “wow” several hundred times over & over to allow for a single “wow” for each radio in the shack!!!

Alison KC9MPL and Miki KC9NVZ made a ladies side trip to Siever’s School of Fiber Arts while the Hamshack tour continued.

Lunch was had a Nelsen’s Hall, a bar & hall that even the prohibition couldn’t legally close!

We were joined by Susan & George’s daughter Amy, who is home on vacation from a teaching assignment in The Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific (yes V63-land for us DX fans!), and the Board of Directors of the Thorstein Veblen Historic Cottage preservation project, part of the Island Heritage Conservancy. John Moore and Jerry Maiers both made time in their busy day to meet to discuss my firm’s contribution of roofing materials to the project. The Green Bay Press Gazette did a nice Veblen Cabin Article covering much of the project.

Before we finished lunch, several of us joined the Nelsen’s Hall Bitters Club, by drinking a shot of Angostura Bitters. Most of the group didn’t, and it is a level argument who was smarter!

While I had made a number of 6 meter QSOs during the morning tour using my own call, the remaining chunk of time in the afternoon was spent working under the WI9DX Club call sign, and mostly on 20m at 14.180

I “primed the well” checking for clear frequency and getting the QSO’s started before turning over affairs to Rich KC9LOA and Tim N7TAL – who did a great job learning what it is like to be at the receiving side of a mini-pile up.

Winston KC9FVR did diagnostics and worked with George W9EVT to sort out network & internet issues, and fixed a configuration issue on George’s MacBook Pro that had started interfering with email & connectivity.

Alas it was time to leave to catch the last ferry for the day off the island, and after thank you & good byes, we made way to the 5 pm ferry, pausing only to pick up a Blue Berry pie.

Once back on the mainland, we made our way part way down the Door Peninsula for our featured diner stop – Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The roof top goats were out and we had an excellent waiter of Transylvanian extraction who took a moment to tell us of the Siebenburgen (seven forts or castles) of the region. Al Johnson passed on this month at 84, and there were very touching memorial leaflets and posters up as a tribute. I’m going to admit to evening my day with breakfast, as Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Preserves & Swedish Meatballs are enough of a treat to have breakfast in the evening!

We had a great ride back to Manitowoc, listening to podcasts & big band music from a band I play in, and even though I cruised past an exit (wrong lane – duh) we were back & home by 9:30 pm.

Pictures to follow later this week and if you were one of our QSOs WI9DX QSLs for the day can go to the W9DK address (good on QRZ) and my K9ZW are fine direct.

73

Steve
K9ZW

Between Moons, but on an Island 3 - February - 2010

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Going out in February with the local club (W9DK Mancorad) to do a Winter US Island activation, and once the Island is activated will go QRP under my personal call for some winter QRP.

As we’re keeping an eye on weather and special on the ice (we walk on water, but have to freeze it first) our PR will likely head out 48 or even 24 hours ahead.

Looking forward to catching a few proper PolarBear QRP QSOs and hope to catch some of the other Polar Bear QRP members on the band. (I am #141)

Polar Bears QRP Club Logo

Polar Bears QRP Club Logo

Usually PolarBear QRP activity is on the Saturday most close to each winter Full Moon. Each Full Moon gets a name. The ones near our club event are:

January 30th 2010 – The Wolf Moon (Polar Bears on The Air will be Saturday Jan 30th)

and

February 28th 2010 – The Snow Moon (Polar Bears on The Air will be Saturday Feb 27th, the nearest Saturday)

I guess I will have to call this a half-moon event!

BTW I am doing some cold temperature testing on a NUE-PSK stand alone digital modem, so perhaps we will even get some digital Polar Bear type QRP time in. I may have to improvise a heater to keep the NUE-PSK’s display screen warm enough to read, as the component spec chart doesn’t say if it really stops working at zero F or if that was just the lower limits of the LCD Screen Manufacturer’s testing.

Also I am setting up a TGE “N8XJK Boost Regulator” with an gell-cell aircraft battery from a C-182 for a QRP power source.

More as we get closer!

73

Steve
K9ZW

“The Flats” WI046R First Time Island Activation by W9DK 19 - October - 2009

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ManCoRad Radio Club - WWW.W9DK.COM

On October 17th 2009 the Mancorad W9DK Radio Club successfully qualified “The Flats” Island in Appleton Wisconsin as First Time Activators!

The field team for W9DK consisted of:

  • Jody KC9KVT
  • Gene KB9KXF
  • Rich KC9LOA
  • Steve K9ZW

The W9DK team made 26 QSOs with 5 DXCC countries – Germany, Madeira Island, Spain, Canada & USA – using the W9DK Club Call Sign.

Weather was tough – started with small amount of snow/sleet, then rained lightly, then for maybe an hour got above 40 F and briefly the sun came out. Mostly it was that Wet, Gray, Breezy Sun-less damp cold that everyone hates. Not real that bad, but wet cold draining weather.

Once the Island was activated the station was quickly taken down and we retreated to the warm interior of the truck.

Photos at: http://web.me.com/steveweinert/K9ZW/W9DK_Island_17_Oct_09.html

“The Flats” ia an Island in the “Fox River,” Outagamie County, Appleton, Wisconsin

The Flats Island

We were also operating as a Class-C participant in the W/VE QSO Party – so let us know if you need us to note our Island Rover status when we exchange QSLs.

Links are: W9DK – http://www.w9dk.com
US Islands – http://www.usislands.org
W/VE QSO Party – http://www.usislands.org/contest_rules.html

W9DK is good at QRZ.com and information is also at W9DK.com but please indicate that it is a USi event QSL and the Island you worked us on. We will be doing eQSLs in a couple weeks.

Mailed QSLs to Mancorad Radio Club W9DK
Attn: USi Activation QSL
PO Box 204
Manitowoc, WI 54221

73

Steve
K9ZW

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