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Old 11-13-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default Dauphin Island, AL Expedition

Planning a trip to Mobile Bay to Activate Dauphin Island, Alabama

USIslands AL002S and IOTA NA213 for those keeping score.

Will work mostly 20m near 14.260, but if propigation and time allow will get up on 15m and 10m. Best times are moring and evening when the grayline/terminator is passing over the island.

Planning to arrive on Dauphin Dec. 26 and leave Jan 2. So actual on air days will be Dec 27 - Jan 1.

See you on the radio!

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Old 11-15-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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Now that sounds like a plan. I'm going to put that on my calendar so I will not foget. You will probably be too close for me to work you on 20 meters. Will you have any 40 or 75 meter capabilities ?



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Old 11-15-2008, 07:55 AM   #3
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Will you have any 40 or 75 meter capabilities ?
I'll take a 40m dipole but likely will not have a place to put it. Mostly 20m - 10m on the new TW2010 antenna.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #4
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Default Step by step, getting closer!

Step by baby step we're getting closer to the Dauphin Island Expedition.

Built a tiny radio table for the trailer. Been meaning to do that anyway. We'll leave one of the swivel "barrel chairs" home to make a little more room for it.
The TW-2010 antenna has arrived, but I still haven't has a chance to try the thing out. And I just now got a 10 year old 150Mhz Compaq laptop set up as a logging computer.

Get the trailer back out of the shop this week, looking forward to getting in all packed up for the trip.

Really looking forward to this! Last time I did an island I got 525 contacts in about 5 days.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:49 AM   #5
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Wade,
Hope you don't mind, but I added your expedition to the calendar. Looking forward to working you.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:53 AM   #6
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Hope you don't mind, but I added your expedition to the calendar. Looking forward to working you.
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I should have thought of that. Some admin I am, huh? :thanks:
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I assume today is a travel day for "Radio" and his better half. He should be on the air tomorrow. If anyone works him would you please post here. I'm probably too close to hear him but I'll listen for others that might be communicating with him. I could probably work him easier on two meters.



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Listening and calling Wade on 14.260, don't hear a thing above the noise level. Using 100w into g5rvJR inverted V in the attic.



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Old 12-27-2008, 08:12 AM   #9
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I'm listening to 14.260 ... I occassionally hear a WA1 station very weak. Sounds like he may be working Wade....

There's a W1OW in Mass giving Wade a 5 X 7 ... Can't hear Wade at all. It's 7:10 AM CT (12-27-08). He was about 5 X 7 here as well.



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I take it Wade is not www connected? I hear a rag chew on 14.262, but nothing on 14.260. I just gave a couple more calls and nothing.
Just thought I heard my call, but I couldn't read the far end. Maybe it'll get better before I have to leave at 0900 est.



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I have a one sided QSO here on 14.260 Andy.... I called you a couple of times before this QSO started. Have a net to check into at 8AM CT on 3950, so will be down there about 20 minutes, then come back to listen.



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Ok Jim, I gotta get going. I volunteer to build scenery for the local theater company here. Should be back at about 1230 est, will try then again. Maybe it was you when I said I heard my call.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:53 AM   #13
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i'm listening & dont hear u !
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:15 AM   #14
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I had probably shut down by the time you posted Randy. I just found your post, Sunday morning, 8:12 ET (following day). I'm sorry. I hear some stations on 14260 this morning. Several Rhode Island stations coming in here "big guns" ablazing. Sounds as though they are working a South American station. I don't work 20 meters. Do a little occassional listening on that band. I can't hang around long this morning, several things to do before we head out to church.

I'm setting up my new station and positioned my laptop on the desk. Getting a lot of RFI into the receiver on 20 meters. Noise does not appear to be from the computer itself but the little AC power supply and charger. Only one AC circuit in the room, so that's a problem.

Anyone heard "Radio" on the Dolphin Island Expedition yet ?



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14.260 is vry active at moment here in RI
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OK we're here and all set up. Had a bad cable that had us befuddled for about an hour, and the new vertical dipole is stuck under a HUGE live oak tree. I think all I may be doing is warming up acorns for the squirrels. The acorns sure make a racket when they land on the trailer and roll down the slope of the roof!

Only made a few contacts so far, plenty of QRM on/near 14.260 so I may be a little up/down from there. Will be as close as I can. Propigation seems to suck, will be back at it about 5:00 local time and again in the morning, as I have slept in since we got here!

There is no internet available at the campground, have to drive into town and park at the welcome center.

Ya'll keep listening for me, OK?

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yep. i'll keep on listening & tuning around ... and with those acorns poppingon roof, u can practice some cw !
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OK Wade.... We'll be listening. I'll be listening for someone talking to you. I'm probably too close to here you.

Can you imagine that ? Wade's been sleeping in while we've been straining to hear him.

I don't know why, but we have had a huge supply of acorns here in the south this year. Much more than the previous 6 or 7 years. The deer and squirrel should not go hungry.



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wade just worked anorher RI station! 'been listening to his cq's, but seems my 50w & g5rv isnt making the trip
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Just made contact with Wade. 55 both ways and lots of QRN. Just above the noise level here in CT.
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