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“Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald" – WØJH Split Rock Lighthouse Special Event Recap
For the eighth year in a row, we headed to the north shore of Lake Superior to operate this popular special event. Most left from home early on Friday, Nov. 2 and set-up began at Split Rock shortly after noon.
Here’s a list of SARA members present: Henry (KØHAS), Jim (WØELC, formerly AAØUP), Keith (AGØH), Mary (NØDXH), Shel (NØDRX), Joe (KCØOIO), George (KCØWOA), Roxann (KDØELD), Gregory (KDØELF), Jerry (NØMR), Bill (VE3XT), Brad (VE3MXJ), Dan (KDØASX), Bob (WØGAF) and Bob’s XYL Connie, Jeff (KCØMKS), Scott (KDØHRM), John (W9LHG), Mike (NØODK) and Dave (WØOXB).
Gear was carried ~250’ from the parking lot to the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Trail Center. Inside our temporary QTH, tables and benches were rearranged while radio gear was set up at three stations. The large, wood-burning stove was started. (BTW: The facility has indoor bathrooms and is handicap accessible.) SARA Crew 2012
While inside work was taking place, antennas were being erected in the cool 40 degree WX. A ~60’ birch tree served as the center support for a 190’ long, center-fed Zepp (aka OXB SpecialTM) antenna oriented east-north-east to west-south-west. Naturally, the multi-band antenna performed very well on 160m thru 10m. A second center-fed Zepp (~160’ long running NNW to SSE) was raised to the top of a 70’ birch. A third center-fed Zepp antenna was erected for digital use. Digital operation, with Joe’s “Go Kit” was limited due to interference with our SSB stations.
SSB stations consisted of a Yaesu® FT-450/FT-450D HF transceiver, a QJE® power supply and a MFJ® 949E manual antenna tuner. SARA is grateful to Radio City, our local “Candy Store”, for co-sponsoring the event and providing the SARA crew with some FB equipment. Visit their web site to see photos: Here.
Radio City is celebrating 30 years in business on Sat., Nov. 10 at their Mounds View, MN store.
This year we tried something different. APRS, via a 2m transceiver, was used to alert off-site stations, to the frequencies we operated. TNX to George, Keith and Jerry for making this happen.
Bill and John braved near freezing temps to operate QRP from a small covered shelter ~100 meters from the Command Center. That mini Elecraft rig ran on only 4 AA batteries!! Two visiting hams from the Duluth area Arrowhead Radio Club dropped in. After yakking with us for a while, we sat them down to operate the 20m pile-up for two hours!
There was quite an assortment of snacks the whole time. Persian Delights, combined with Canuck Coffee from Bill and Brad, were big hits this year. Special TNX to Connie who made the FB QRO beef stew for dinner on Saturday and Sunday lunch!
About 1,000 contacts were made over a period of ~22 hours. The 20m band produced over half the contacts and 40m accounted for ~one third. We worked many club members multiple times. All contacts were logged with SARA laptops using AC Log logging program. We already have over 200 QSL requests. As in the past, we ONLY plan to fulfill QSL requests via e-mail!
Requests must be sent to: SplitRock2012@radioham.org and include standard QSL info: Callsign, Date, Time (UTC), Band/Frequency, Mode and Report (RST). Anyone wishing a QSL, whether you worked WØJH or not, can get one free!
By all accounts, everyone attending had a great time. Most are expecting to come back in 2013. (Reservations for next year are already made.) Our SARA ops are always pleased to hear the many positive, unsolicited comments from on-air contacts.
Special Event QSL sample 528kb pdf file
Web Pages by Ben
Photos by SARA's: Michael D (NØODK) Paskeuric and ???
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