Field Day has come and gone. Our relaxed effort this year was a change from the norm. But, the socializing was fun as always and it was an opportunity to try new antennas. Lou Axeman and I logged about fifty contacts on 40CW with the end-fed identical to the club kit as provided by John Lonigro. This antenna was an excellent performer as a sloper up 31' firing east-west. I did not call CQ but estimate 80% of stations worked by me came back on the first call. The band was noisy all day, no exceptions. But, after working only strong stations it was tempting to try the weaker ones about the time the grayline came through. I had few problems being heard on the other end and started thinking next morning the high noise level at our site may have been a more localized phenomenon. Perhaps the lighting services for the pavilion were the culprit. However, when the advance committee operated at Emmenegger in April there was no audible RFI. The club broke camp early this year after storm activity was pending so we'll never know! HI
Thanks one more time to John Lonigro for his yeoman work arranging for the new site, our 15M and 40M antennas and his skillful administration for this event. And, to Larry Naumann and Tom Brown for the 20M and 80M antennas respectively. Never to be forgotten - Chef Keith Arns for yet another super pork steak dinner.
No wimpy hot dogs or brats for this group. A local favorite, St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks! KC0PP at the grill...
So on to next year with expectations we will start investigating site alternatives early for our 2015 effort.
On November 14th, the members of SLQS celebrated our club's 25th anniversary. The event was held at Syberg's Restaurant in Maryland Heights. Thirteen members attended the event.
To help celebrate our anniversary, the club provided a few special gifts for the members. Each received a new ball cap embroidered with "St. Louis QRP Society", our "peanut whistle" logo, and the legend "25 Years - 1987-2012". New name badges with the "25 Years" annotation were also presented. Special thanks to John Lonigro and Keith Arns for making these surprises for the club.
Finally, the special QRP operators were provided by the XYL of Chuck K6QKL. These figurines of "Mr. Peanut" are the original "peanut whistles", recalling our newsletter's name "The Peanut Whistle" representing low power.
Coming in September! The St. Louis QRP Society is holding its annual Tailgate Sale the evening of Wednesday, September 18, 2013. From 6:00 p.m until everyone goes home.
We will be at our usual location - the south east parking lot of Florissant Valley Community College - just south of the new Engineering Building.
Never a charge to sell or browse. Bring gear to sell and money to buy more or better yet - do both! Plan to talk a lot about QRP and homebrew for starters or just visit for a spell.
Brats off the grill & sodas for the hungry and thirsty at minimal cost. Antennas and radios available for those wishing to get on the air or bring your own rig along.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for driving directions or more info.
Hope you can be with us.
Dave Gauding, NF0R
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