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Orionid Meteor Shower: Friday Night Brings Excellent Conditions In Eastern US

One of the best meteor showers of the fall, the Orionid Meteor Shower, will peak on Friday night with over a dozen meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.

Source: Orionid meteor shower: Friday night to bring excellent viewing conditions in the Eastern US.

It looks like this weekend is going to be a good time to work Meteor Scatter contacts on 6m! The Orionid’s peak tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) night, October 20th and 21st. We’ll be operating using WSJT-X MSK144 mode on 6m. We are planning to use our Remote Operating setup to take advantage of our SDR’s receiver capabilities and the connected 500w amplifier.

Fred, AB1OC

Remote Control Ham Station Enhancements

As explained in a previous article, we have been working on enhancing our Remote Control Ham Station system. The upgrades include additional remote client options, better remote networking via the Internet, and better integration with our microHAM system.

Source: Remote Operating Enhancements | Our HAM Station

As part of the fall upgrade plans at our station, we have completed quite a few enhancements to the Remote Operating Gateway and associated client devices in our station. The upgrades include:

You can read more on our Stationproject Blog about our Remote Control Ham Station Enhancements.

We try to do some station upgrades in the fall of each year to maximize our operating fun during the winter months. We always welcome members who want to join in on our projects as a means to learn about station building. More to come as we make progress with our planned projects.

Special thanks to Dave, K1DLM who has helped us with ideas for several aspects of this project.

Fred, AB1OC

SOTA/POTA Activation on Mt. Washington

On August 26, a group of members did a SOTA/POTA Activation from the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast at 6288 ft.  Members reached the summit by different means.  Abby, AB1BY and Mike AB1YK hiked to the summit.  Patrick, KC1HDN and his XYL Dorothy took the Cog Railway and others took the Mount Washington Auto Road.

Entrance to the Mount Washington Auto Road
Entrance to the Mount Washington Auto Road

Driving up the Auto Road

Fred, AB1OC, Tony, KC1DLX, and Anita, AB1QB, road up the Auto Road.  It was an 8-mile drive to the top with breathtaking views along the way.

A Stop along the Auto Road
A Stop along the Auto Road

We had great weather on the mountain.  Clouds sometimes passed overhead but it was sunny most of the time which provided for great views of the surrounding White Mountains.

View from the Summit
View from the Summit

Operating at the Summit

When we reached the summit, we set up a 6-meter station with an Icom IC-7300 and an M2 6 meter beam at 22 ft.

6 meter beam antenna at the Summit
6-meter beam antenna at the Summit

The station was powered by batteries and solar panels.

Fred, AB1OC, Mike, AB1YK, and Tony, KC1DLX setting up the solar panels
Fred, AB1OC, Mike, AB1YK, and Tony, KC1DLX setting up the solar panels

Fred, Tony, and I had a great time operating the station, completing over 50 QSOs all over the Northeast.

Anita, AB1QB, operating on 6 meters from the summit of Mt. Washington
Anita, AB1QB, operating on 6 meters from the summit of Mt. Washington

Several other members joined us at the summit, including Al, KC1FOZ and Tom, KC1GGP.

Al, KC1FOZ and Tom, KC1GGP operating from the summit
Al, KC1FOZ and Tom, KC1GGP operating from the summit

After the Activation

Thanks to Tony, KC1DXL, and his XYL Josephine, who hosted us for a delicious dinner at their nearby condo after the activation.

Thanks to Jamey, KC1ENX, for planning a great day for club members!  This was our 3rd SOTA/POTA activation this year and each one has been better than the previous one!  We’re looking forward to the next summit!

Here are more pictures from Mount Washington:

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The Thirteen Colonies Special Event Soapbox

The Nashua Area Radio Club is a huge supporter of the Thirteen Colonies Special Event and we strive to represent New Hampshire in this event. It is not a contest but rather an operating event which has become hugely popular over the last Nine years. Attached is some interesting commentary about the event. You can see our results for the 2017 Thirteen Colonies Special event here. Layne AE1N

Excerpts from qrz.com…

AE1N: If want to visit a true sampling of the TOP operators from the 13 Colonies, then listen to them on the air! They participate via invitation only!

KJ4YQK: Did a little research, I guess Special Event station is not consider a contest. Learn something new.

N8SAN: 40m I heard K2K 30min ago like he was next door. But I already had that state.
I could hear K2G ok.5/3 maybe, but had that state as well. I have a Mosley tri bander, BUT it’s a really low 18-20′ temporary mount, but I figured I SHOULD be able to hear them. When I’ve heard stations I’m able to make the qso quickly. Good thing this event goes on for another 6 days! This will be my first Special Event Certificate and I really want it! 🙂

WA6MHZ: I was most pleased with CW, got thru on the 1st call on all those! The Certs come out REMAKABLY fast!!! I was Astonished last year how fast mine came in. The day it came in I went over to Office Depot and bought a beautiful Wood Frame for it. Will do the same this year

K5AGE: Still wish I had my 100w rig. I got the clean sweep last year! Only ham award I am proud enough to display in the office.

K2DFC: The 13 Colony stations need to spend some time on 75/80 meters when the skip is short. Even 40 during the day is to long to work the close in states. When this started on Sat. I couldn’t hear a peep out of Del, MD, CT,MA, or RI on 40. Had to get them on 75.

K2HAT: Got my Clean Sweep, Thank You to all who get on the air for this Special Event.

Pat I agree, Awesome, I was able to use an adif file to populate the information!!

AA0CW: I sent off QSL cards and sase to every station I worked because I thought it would be neat to have their QSL cards along with the certificate. Well except for K2L. What’s up with that?

K1FBI: Right up there with Apple Pie and Chevrolet. Next year remember there are people in New England, even some in your own State trying to make a contact. Also, if you are going to call region numbers at 10 minute intervals per number, be kind enough to say this is your last go around. Sitting there waiting for you to go from 4s to 0s and then say goodnight not good for us 1s.

WA5NTF: Had a great time working the 13 Colonies stations. Band conditions weren’t the best, but stayed with it until I got all 13 stations and worked a few a second time near the end to thank them for their efforts. As I said all the 13 colony stations came in fine, so just wonder why I couldn’t hear WM3PEN. I guess the band gods were not favoring Pa to Tx when I was listening! LOL. Thanks again to all ops that were manning the special event stations and looking forward to next year. 73

KQ4MM: Same here, first time doing this event as well. Been gone a long time (25 years) and getting back on now and this was the first event I worked since back. It was a blast. And special thanks to Paul – NN4F/K2L Manager. So sorry that some folks were rude, People need to remember that this is a volunteer effort by these people and that the work load is incredible after the event is over. Big thanks Paul and the other clubs and folks for taking the time to make this event so successful. Cheers

We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s event!