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Link Posted: 7/20/2021 7:17:56 AM EDT
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Great job and thanks for posting the pics.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 9:17:03 AM EDT
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Thanks for the beautiful photos, Ty. I'm jealous of your views.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 9:56:19 AM EDT
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I saw you on the POTA spotter, but you were down in my noise level.

I've been all over the southeast, midwest, southwest, but need to see Alaska, that looks amazing.

Here's some pics my wife and I took at some of our local POTA spots... ( many of these are from her phone )









these little bastards were right by a picnic area, expecting us to toss them some snacks. she shot them with a Nikon D3300.


















Link Posted: 7/20/2021 11:35:26 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:


I saw you on the POTA spotter, but you were down in my noise level.

I've been all over the southeast, midwest, southwest, but need to see Alaska, that looks amazing.

Here's some pics my wife and I took at some of our local POTA spots... ( many of these are from her phone )

https://i.imgur.com/xzN5V1N.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/z8tcY3F.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/X3Sawr0.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Ifp2FSV.jpg

these little bastards were right by a picnic area, expecting us to toss them some snacks. she shot them with a Nikon D3300.

https://i.imgur.com/6wAv7do.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/jdSOe2N.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/rzXdEkP.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/DLvE312.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/ZUZj2xm.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bFYNovM.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/9BWUgK8.jpg




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Very nice, those are some great shots and beautiful scenery. Alaska takes forever to see. I would plan on a 2-3 week road trip to see the bulk of the road system. Even as a resident I’ve wanted to do a SE Alaska cruise also.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 11:36:41 AM EDT
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Awesome pics, Derek. Every once in a while, my wife  says she'd like to get a good camera and telephoto lens and learn how to use them. Living in the country, we're always seeing something to get pics of.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 1:34:58 PM EDT
[#6]
Nice pics Derek. I could take some here and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Pretty country.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 2:25:37 PM EDT
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No bigfoot pics?
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 3:07:34 PM EDT
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Since we have a good thread rolling here with many activators.

Can we discuss what antennas everyone is using?

I have been using a linked dipole or EFHW.

I like the EFHW but it seems kind of frail due to the exposed design (QRP GUYS). Anyone running a a more robust EFHW?



And also what is your favorite field antenna setup and why?
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 3:50:24 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:
Since we have a good thread rolling here with many activators.

Can we discuss what antennas everyone is using?

I have been using a linked dipole or EFHW.

I like the EFHW but it seems kind of frail due to the exposed design (QRP GUYS). Anyone running a a more robust EFHW?



And also what is your favorite field antenna setup and why?
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My radio lacks a tuner, and it's one less thing to carry so I prefer resonant or "tunable" antennas.

Current go-to is a home built trapped/loaded-EFHW.  I took design cues from the "shorty-80" design and one K6ARK built with traps to add in 30M where it's not a native harmonic.  I use a custom made transformer inside a 3D printed box.  Packs down small and light enough, and has worked extremely well for me.

Attachment Attached File


This requires the use of a tall branch I can launch a line over with my slingshot/reel combo.  If that's not available, I use a self-supporting loaded vertical ground plane made with an MFJ-1979 17-ft. whip, home built coil, and wire or tape-measure radials.

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Link Posted: 7/20/2021 3:59:59 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:
Since we have a good thread rolling here with many activators.

Can we discuss what antennas everyone is using?

I have been using a linked dipole or EFHW.

I like the EFHW but it seems kind of frail due to the exposed design (QRP GUYS). Anyone running a a more robust EFHW?



And also what is your favorite field antenna setup and why?
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I used a ZS6BKW with my FT818 on Field day 2020, it's big but works very well.

I also built a 20m dipole, but haven't used it yet.

I'm still piecing together my portable station. waiting on more anderson power poles, and I need a bioenno to replace my gel-cell




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We've been doing it the lazy mobile way, in the vehicle with air conditioning, instead of mosquitoes

200 watts of TS480HX makes some pile-ups.





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I cut 15' and 29' of wire yesterday, soldered a ring terminal on one end, and an insulator on the other, on each.

I plan on using them to replace the 3' whip on the TARHEEL II, by slinging them up in a tree.




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I've also thought about slingshotting the ZS6BKW into a few trees and running it to a MFJ-945 and TS480HX mobile.

Link Posted: 7/20/2021 4:32:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:
Since we have a good thread rolling here with many activators.

Can we discuss what antennas everyone is using?

I have been using a linked dipole or EFHW.

I like the EFHW but it seems kind of frail due to the exposed design (QRP GUYS). Anyone running a a more robust EFHW?



And also what is your favorite field antenna setup and why?
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With my FT-891 (no tuner) I’ve been using a Wolf River Coil with their collapsible whip and the Super Antenna spike mount and 8 radials or the Tim Ortiz eBay 20/40 linked dipole. If I have my FT-450D with tuner I’ll often use an end fed. I’m trying to figure out a resonant end fed that I can use without a tuner with the FT-891. I mostly do 20m since it’s always daylight here, so I just ordered a 20’ JackLite fiberglass pole and am going to make a 20m vertical. I bought a DXCommander, but haven’t built it yet.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 4:41:51 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By D_Man:
My radio lacks a tuner, and it's one less thing to carry so I prefer resonant or "tunable" antennas.

Current go-to is a home built trapped/loaded-EFHW.  I took design cues from the "shorty-80" design and one K6ARK built with traps to add in 30M where it's not a native harmonic.  I use a custom made transformer inside a 3D printed box.  Packs down small and light enough, and has worked extremely well for me.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/157876/Trap_EFHW-1_jpg-2021624.JPG

This requires the use of a tall branch I can launch a line over with my slingshot/reel combo.  If that's not available, I use a self-supporting loaded vertical ground plane made with an MFJ-1979 17-ft. whip, home built coil, and wire or tape-measure radials.

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/157876/2021-07-18_11_19_31_jpg-2021633.JPG

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Like the homebrew EFHW very smart.

I too dont run a tuner and want resonate antennas. After setting up now about 15 times in the field I have learned that EFHW seems to be the easiest and most forgiving to deploy.

Just wish we had more 49:1 match box systems available. Just dont have the time to do a complete homebrew right now.

I also run a 31' push up pole from jackite. The whole throwing a line in a tree is for the birds. lol
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 4:44:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:


With my FT-891 (no tuner) I’ve been using a Wolf River Coil with their collapsible whip and the Super Antenna spike mount and 8 radials or the Tim Ortiz eBay 20/40 linked dipole. If I have my FT-450D with tuner I’ll often use an end fed. I’m trying to figure out a resonant end fed that I can use without a tuner with the FT-891. I mostly do 20m since it’s always daylight here, so I just ordered a 20’ JackLite fiberglass pole and am going to make a 20m vertical. I bought a DXCommander, but haven’t built it yet.
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The QRP guys no tune EFHW works and what I use and has the lengths printed on the side which gets you in the ballpark. I just hate its open design. If it starts to mist or rain I have to pack up.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 5:00:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


Like the homebrew EFHW very smart.

I too dont run a tuner and want resonate antennas. After setting up now about 15 times in the field I have learned that EFHW seems to be the easiest and most forgiving to deploy.

Just wish we had more 49:1 match box systems available. Just dont have the time to do a complete homebrew right now.

I also run a 31' push up pole from jackite. The whole throwing a line in a tree is for the birds. lol
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I think the Hy-End Fed brand is probably one of the better built commercial options for them out there.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 5:42:12 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


The QRP guys no tune EFHW works and what I use and has the lengths printed on the side which gets you in the ballpark. I just hate its open design. If it starts to mist or rain I have to pack up.
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Wish they made a 100w version
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 6:09:22 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By D_Man:,,, or tape-measure radials.

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I like this idea


Link Posted: 7/20/2021 6:25:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:


I like this idea


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They're bulkier and heavier than a spool of wire, but man are they super practical to use.  Already marked for length so you can put them out at about 16' for 20-meters or the full 30' for 40-meters and so on depending on the band.  They're heavy enough with the housing on the end that you just set them down and don't need stakes or tie-outs.  And the hi-vis yellow color helps present less of a trip hazard.  I just sanded a little spot of paint off the end and easily soldered a few inches of jumper wire to them with a bullet connector to plug into ground sockets on the stand.  Cheap too, like $4 each at Harbor Freight.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 9:15:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: M4Madness] [#18]
Ty is on 14.287

EDIT: He just scored Jamaica from Alaska.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 10:45:12 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By M4Madness:
Ty is on 14.287

EDIT: He just scored Jamaica from Alaska.
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He should change his screen name to POTACommander.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 10:54:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By M4Madness:
Ty is on 14.287

EDIT: He just scored Jamaica from Alaska.
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They was awesome! I’m gonna throw away my home shack and just work beaches from now on...

I got an activation with about 25 contacts before I got rained out. Should’ve brought a shelter.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 10:54:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


He should change his screen name to POTACommander.
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Lol
Link Posted: 7/21/2021 10:19:04 PM EDT
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Did an activation in Florida while on vacation. Just did a quick 10 at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou SP. 20m was in rough shape too, so it took some work. I may go try one more in the morning. Just get a quick 10.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 4:25:31 AM EDT
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1000 watt rated 49:1 balun


For those looking for a 49:1 balun rated for high power.
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 4:41:21 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/54857/49131-1__54251_1594643161-2023502.jpg





1000 watt rated 49:1 balun


For those looking for a 49:1 balun rated for high power.
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I just ordered one of these to make a portable antenna.

Tennantennas 49:1 Balun
Link Posted: 7/22/2021 10:43:03 PM EDT
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Wife and I took another road trip and did an activation.

60 QSO's in about 60mins.


right at the end HAMRS locked up, but when I got home I was able to export the ADIF

lots of really short skip on 20m tonight

Link Posted: 7/23/2021 12:44:22 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:


Wife and I took another road trip and did an activation.

60 QSO's in about 60mins.


right at the end HAMRS locked up, but when I got home I was able to export the ADIF

lots of really short skip on 20m tonight

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That’s so much fun!
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 12:48:50 AM EDT
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Heading out to K-7201. Band conditions look good here. Shooting for 14.287. Should be set up in about an hour.
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 9:40:20 AM EDT
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dumb question about PARK TO PARK  

A few nights ago, i get home from work and the wife wants to go eagle spotting

we end up at a park, and i fire up the TS480HX mobile and hear a POTA station.

I call — “ PARK TO PARK”

he answers and we exchange K-park numbers and signal report

we head home to cook supper, i never did an activation, and only worked one station.

will this show up as a park to park, or do i have to submit one QSO as a failed activation?

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Link Posted: 7/24/2021 11:12:11 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
dumb question about PARK TO PARK  

A few nights ago, i get home from work and the wife wants to go eagle spotting

we end up at a park, and i fire up the TS480HX mobile and hear a POTA station.

I call  " PARK TO PARK"

he answers and we exchange K-park numbers and signal report

we head home to cook supper, i never did an activation, and only worked one station.

will this show up as a park to park, or do i have to submit one QSO as a failed activation?

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Both stations have to submit for it to count. You'll still get credit for everything even if it's considered failed.
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 6:23:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ManiacRat461:
Both stations have to submit for it to count. You'll still get credit for everything even if it's considered failed.
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OK, I just got home and submitted a few from yesterday

...and from when i worked @tyrex13 on ~00:41utc 07-19-2021

they should show up as PARK TO PARK in a bit.

Link Posted: 7/24/2021 9:28:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:



OK, I just got home and submitted a few from yesterday

...and from when i worked @tyrex13 on ~00:41utc 07-19-2021

they should show up as PARK TO PARK in a bit.

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Yeah my one park to park was a fail. It works out fine.
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 9:46:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: ManiacRat461] [#32]
Can just barely here you Tyrex. I'm staying on freq to listen though. If I can hear you well enough once I'll hit you.

ETA: Dangit, you came up and I called then you fell out again.
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 9:53:06 PM EDT
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He's way down in the noise for me, too.
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 9:59:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By M4Madness:
He's way down in the noise for me, too.
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He will come up enough to call and then crash off again. Happened twice now.
Link Posted: 7/24/2021 10:43:23 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/25/2021 12:10:40 AM EDT
[#36]
Thanks guys! I got a nice activation yesterday and today. Confirmed that salt water is magic.
Link Posted: 7/25/2021 8:57:14 PM EDT
[#37]
Ty is on 14.317 right now
Link Posted: 7/25/2021 9:09:15 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By M4Madness:
Ty is on 14.317 right now
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Been listening for an opening to him. But no luck so far.

Some rude ass hunters on there. I would flat out ignore some of those fucktards.
Link Posted: 7/25/2021 9:31:15 PM EDT
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I sincerely hope that you get him, as I know you need Alaska. You guys may have to work something out so that you can avoid the pile-up.
Link Posted: 7/25/2021 9:47:45 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By M4Madness:
I sincerely hope that you get him, as I know you need Alaska. You guys may have to work something out so that you can avoid the pile-up.
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I do. Its actually the only state I've never QSO'ed with. Some haven't confirmed, which is fine. But I'm on a mission now.


ETA: Ragchewers on 14318 now. So probably not happening.
Link Posted: 7/25/2021 10:07:20 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ManiacRat461:
ETA: Ragchewers on 14318 now. So probably not happening.
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I know the feeling! I was waiting for a faint station earlier today to fade in a little better so I could score a new country, and guess who shows up 1 KHz away? Lou from Barcelona!
Link Posted: 7/25/2021 10:39:31 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/25/2021 11:15:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By RED_5:
Just got K7CAR in DM37 doing an activation via FT8
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Got him also. He's good at doing a bunch of modes. Always super nice when doing phone also.
Link Posted: 7/26/2021 1:11:32 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ManiacRat461:
Been listening for an opening to him. But no luck so far.

Some rude ass hunters on there. I would flat out ignore some of those fucktards.
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Man it’s really hard to manage the pileups. I’m outside, windy, waves are loud trying to manage the phone, mic pen and paper and pull the weak stations. I think I’m getting better though.

Link Posted: 7/26/2021 1:14:46 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ManiacRat461:
I do. Its actually the only state I've never QSO'ed with. Some haven't confirmed, which is fine. But I'm on a mission now.


ETA: Ragchewers on 14318 now. So probably not happening.
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I will do an ARFCOM only POTA for you guys. Let me know know when works for you and I’ll go set up at the beach and not post it spot.

Propagation must have been good today, got 2 pileups at 3 parks and logged about 150. It was hard to find an open freq and when I did eventually got crowded in on.
Link Posted: 7/26/2021 1:15:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By RED_5:
Just got K7CAR in DM37 doing an activation via FT8
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He worked me park to park too. SSB
Link Posted: 7/26/2021 7:47:36 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Man it’s really hard to manage the pileups. I’m outside, windy, waves are loud trying to manage the phone, mic pen and paper and pull the weak stations. I think I’m getting better though.
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I was at home hunting last night, and was amazed at the giant POTA pile-ups

Alaska and Hawaii tend to get pile-ups, but last night even common Virginia and South Carolina had massive ones.

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when I activate, and the pile-up becomes a swarm of bees, it reminds me to ....

"Any Park to Park, QRzed ?"

followed by

"Any mobile stations, QRZed ?

"Any QRP..."

I usually ask the mobiles and QRP about there station.

"a 7300 into a G5RV"  

"are you mobile, sir ?"

"....er...no"

"MOBILES ONLY, QRZed"




Link Posted: 7/26/2021 8:02:56 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:


I will do an ARFCOM only POTA for you guys. Let me know know when works for you and I'll go set up at the beach and not post it spot.

Propagation must have been good today, got 2 pileups at 3 parks and logged about 150. It was hard to find an open freq and when I did eventually got crowded in on.
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That would be awesome. The times you've been on are good. Propagation just hasn't worked in my favor yet.

Of course I may just go to the clubhouse and use the beam and get you that way.
Link Posted: 7/26/2021 8:08:20 AM EDT
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As far as pile ups go, y'all do what you want. It's your activation after all. I found out pretty quick that if you don't manage the jackasses then everyone else starts doing it too.

It all begins with when they start calling in my opinion. I keep that under control and I don't have to worry about the rest of it. My biggest pet peeve is when I finish a QSO and they're all already calling again without my prompting.

Ignoring also works. If they can't wait their turn and keep blabbering I just keep on ignoring. The bigger the station the better this tactic works.

Last tactic is to answer and not log. A couple times of that and an email exchange of why I won't log them, they get right pretty damn quick.

There are a who's who of POTA hunters in both the nice folks and the jackasses. There are a few who I won't even answer their call anymore cause of their BS.
Link Posted: 7/26/2021 9:34:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Colt653] [#50]
I was trying to work a special even station a few months ago

the op was a female new yorker

she started working the numbers

“ 5 landers only, QRZed”

some 6 lander kept calling

she says in her Carrie Heffernan voice —

“ W6 i hear you, i will not acknowledge you, nor will i work you!”




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