The forecast was for rain, possibly snow, for Saturday’s ‘Get-On-The-Air’ event our radio club sponsored on Saturday, October 28th this year. The Richfield Historical Society (a suburb of Minneapolis) was letting us use a small shed out back to set up our radios, and we could run our transmission lines out a window, to the nearby trees just outside the building. It’s a small building we’ve used before; it’s tough to set up a few radios and get a dozen people inside, but it works -especially in bad weather. We plugged in a small space heater, and kept our jackets on. It sure beat the alternative -standing/sitting under a tarp in the cold rain. We were out of the weather, warm, and had commercial power readily available, or batteries. Many thanks to the Richfield Historical Society for hosting us!
We got no snow on that Saturday morning, just a light rain. Life was good! We initially set up two antennas outside – 1) an off-center-fed (10-40 meter) dipole, and a home-brew (10-40 meter) fan dipole. Propagation was poor in late morning, but got better in the afternoon, with most activity in the 20 and 15 meter bands. A second radio showed up in the afternoon and there were about 25 people present at one time or another between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There were a few new faces along with some familiar ones -as usual, at such events.
For some unknown reason, I can’t get photos to upload. I’ve never had this problem before! I’ll add them in a future post. My apologies.
73 de Mike, KEØGZT