HF in the Park

Turtle Lake Park


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Even though it was a last-minute change, we had a great turnout. 50+. I really liked the location - so it’s nice to know there’s a good plan ‘B’. And please thank Chuck, K0ORK, for the quick response and finding another location!

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Chuck (K0ORK) and Leon (K0LWD) apparently checking out 6 meter performance on a handy talky.


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Everyone was welcome. Hams, dogs, boys, girls, lost picnickers. People that were thousands of miles away via IRLP or HF. It didn’t matter. Everyone was welcome and all had a good time. What a great way to make new friends!


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Now that’s as clever idea for doing digital and still being able to see the screen!


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Chris (K9EQ) Rediscovering that it’s always good to have more tools than you need. Within a minute of showing up, I realized I had the wrong connector to take power from the power supply (A 2013 Chevy Volt).


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Chris (K9EQ) demonstrating Icom Dstar vs Yaesu Fusion vs FM. We had a spectrum analyzer to look at the different waveforms. Radios were Yaesu FT1D and FTM400DR, and Icom ID-880 and IC-92AD. Later we joined an IRLP reflector which had 39 repeaters connected to it and heard calls from Anaheim, Torrance, Fremont, Santa Ynez (all Ca), Beaverton, Washington state, New Jersey, and Florida. All Q5 like they were there at the park. (BTW, we were able to work the Fusion repeater with only 2.5 mW to the antenna!)


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The “universal” antenna support. I’ll remember that trick for next time.


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Thanks to Matt, N2PSR for the photos.