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N1FD Mobile HF Plans for the 2017 NH QSO Party

Jamey, KC1ENX and I are planning to operate as N1FD/M (Mobile HF) during the NH QSO Party this weekend.

Our Mobile HF Station
Our Mobile HF Station

We will be operating from a 500w Mobile Station. Our goal is to activate all 10 NH counties during the contest period which starts at noon ET on Saturday and ends 6 pm on Sunday.

Planned 2017 NH QSO Party Route
Planned 2017 NH QSO Party Route

Our planned route is shown above. We are planning to operate while we are moving. Also, we plan to stop on County Lines and activate multiple Counties at the same time. wherever possible.

You can find the rules and information about the NHQP here. We hope to work you this weekend!

Project Amelia Earhart

Project Amelia Earhart
Recreating Amelia Earhart’s around-the-world flight on its 80th anniversary.

About Ham Radio on the Spirit – Brian Lloyd has a powerful radio system aboard the Spirit. The radio communicates on High Frequency (HF) shortwave using Single Sideband (SSB), and anyone can tune into these transmissions who has the proper type of radio receiver. Listen for WB6RQN, that’s Brian’s Ham radio callsign. Ham radio operators around the world are invited to communicate with Brian while he is on the air in international airspace using the Ham bands. HF radio is dependent on ionospheric conditions to be heard over long distances, and it may change rapidly with the space weather or other factors.

Ham Radio Technical Information
Ham Radio Callsign: WB6RQN
Operator Name: Brian
QSL Via: eqsl.cc Electronic QSL system
HF Radio: Mobat model Micom 3, commercial HF transceiver
HF Power: Maximum power 125 Watts, 2-30 MHz
HF Antenna: Tapered Towel Rack type Belly Wire, with Automatic Tuning Unit (ATU)
HF Modes of Operation: SSB Voice or ALE
Ham Callsign Phonetics: Whisky Bravo Six Romeo Quebec November.

Schedule of HF Radio Operation in 2017
13-21 May: Ground tests and short test flights in the Texas USA area
21-24 May: Texas to New York
22-25 May: New York to Paris Flight
24-28 May: Paris to Miami
01 June: Depart Miami for Round-the-World
02 June-24 July: Round-the-World Flight
24 July: Arrive Oshkosh Wisconsin for AirVenture
29 July: Oshkosh to Texas

Project Amelia Earhart

Note: All dates and flight locations are approximate and tentative. Please see the Live Tracking Map for actual locations and flight movements.

Ham Radio Frequencies of Operation for Spirit Flights. HF Frequencies for Ham Radio SSB Voice QSOs and DX:
Ham QSO activity may occur at any time while the airplane is in International airspace or within USA airspace. Ham operation may happen while Brian is not busy with flight operations. There may be unexpected interruptions during a QSO. Please be especially courteous and patient, because his first priority is to pilot the plane.

Frequency MHzDescriptionArea
14210.0USB QSOsWorldwide
18117.5USB QSOsWorldwide
7130.0LSB QSOsWorldwide

Simplex or Split? Most of the time, WB6RQN will use simplex, listening and transmitting on the same HF frequency. But, sometimes Brian may ask calling stations to transmit “UP 5” split. When using UP 5 split, your transmit frequency must be exactly 5 kHz above WB6RQN. The plane’s HF radio is channelized, and it does not have an S-meter.

Brian said, “During the actual flight I can talk on ham radio when I’m not using the HF radio to make position and status reports to Air Traffic Control. I will probably get 10 to 15-minute windows when I will be able to work ham stations on the HF bands occasionally. I have never been a contester, so my QSO rate will probably be lower than most ham operators would like.”

There will also be Ham Radio ALE Activity. Full details in the FULL ARTICLE:

WB6RQN

SWL and UTE Monitoring of HFAeronautical Frequencies. For SWLs (Shortwave Listeners) or UTEs (Utility Monitors), it is possible to listen to Spirit on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) HF. Aeronautical Frequencies with an SSB (Single Sideband) receiver.

Layne, AE1N

GOTA Event for Young People in Nashua, NH

We recently received a request from the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Nashua, NH to put on a Get On The Air (GOTA) demonstration of Amateur Radio for the kids there. The folks at PAL are trying to create activities that promote STEM and Amateur Radio interest among kids.

Ham Radio GOTA Station
GOTA Station

Jamey, KC1ENX and I went to PAL a little while back and set up our portable station using the screwdriver antenna on my truck.

Ham Radio GOTA - Kids on the Air at Nashua PAL
Kids on the Air at Nashua PAL

We had some of the worst propagation conditions that we have seen in a while on the day we were at PAL, Fortunately, Matt, N1ZGN and Mike, K1WVO got on to try to give the kids a few contacts.

Ham Radio GOTA - QSL Cards
QSL Cards

We also brought some QSL cards and Jamey spent some time with the kids explaining QSLs and some of the places that were contacted.

Ham Radio GOTA - HAB and Foxes
HAB and Foxes

We also brought our High Altitude Balloon (HABand our 2m Fox Hunt transmitters for the kids to see. There was lots of interest in the HAB platform and what it would be like to see the video that it will record.

Due to the poor propagation conditions, the kids did not get to make many contacts. The folks at PAL invited us to come back another time when the conditions are better and we plan to do that later this summer. We also invited the PAL folks to visit us during our Field Day operation coming up and try out the GOTA station there.

Special thanks to Jamey, Matt, and Mike for helping us with our GOTA event at PAL.

Fred, AB1OC

CQ WW WPX Contest

This past weekend Abby, AB1BY and I participated in the CQ WPX contest working mobile!  My mobile set up consists of the Icom IC-7100 and various hamsticks We took part only to have fun and to increase our totals towards our DXCC and we did both! We totaled right around 50 contacts for the weekend which we thought was really good seeing that we only worked when we had to go somewhere in the car and I was at work all day on Sunday.

This was a great contest for us as many of the big stations were out and not only do they put out a great signal, for the most part, they hear very good as well! We were actually able to work 20 meters the whole time and we were on late on Friday night and still making good contacts. I would encourage anyone that is new or has a young ham that is showing some interest in the hobby to get involved in one of these contests as a leisurely participant. It’s fairly easy to make contacts and it’s great for DX.

Some of the places we worked:

Ireland, Northern Ireland, Bonaire, Puerto Rico, Cape Verde, Manitoba, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Netherlands, Venezuela, Spain, Slovak Republic, Russia, Aruba, California and Pepperell, Massachusetts!

Jamey, KC1ENX