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Club Members Hitting the Summit!

KJ7UYT and K7AVG were out operating in an area northwest of Dallas on the 27th of March. They were operating on various bands and were later joined by KK7DCV and KK7DCW. KK7DCV was able to activate the summit that they were at. It was his first activation. DCV is one of the clubs youth members so it was very exciting us all to watch as K7AVG taught him how to perform a SOTA activation!

K7AVG operating his KX3 and FT-2DR out of the back of his SUV
K7AVG set up his telescoping mast and end fed random wire antenna along with a roll-up J-pole for VHF operation.
KJ7UYT set up his FT-891 to run the FT8 mode from the back of his SUV powered by a LiFePo4 battery.
KJ7UYT had his 4BTV set up on a homemade base mount.

Club members portable!

A few of us from the W7SAA club went out to a location northwest of Dallas this morning and set up for a quick portable operation. Had a great time with the four of us. It was Chris KJ7UYT, Andrew KJ7ZYM, Patrick KK7DCW, and James KK7DCV! Chris was heard all the way in North Africa with just 20w from his FT-891 and a Hustler 4BTV vertical antenna. Patrick ran a 53′ end fed wire with his Yeasu 991A powered from his truck batteries.

KJ7UYT working 15m on his FT-891

KK7DCW and KK7DCV working on 20m with a 53′ End Fed Wire antenna

Hamfair – February 19th

The swap meet is almost here!

Flyer: http://w7sra.com/flyer2022.pdf
Where: Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall
When: February 19th, 2022 – 9am – 3pm
Who: The Salem Repeater Association is hosting the event

As a club, we have 3 things we are doing –
Country Store consignment table – bring your gear to our store, set a price, and we will do our best to sell it for you! The commission cost is 10%.
Security – The team is mostly set and organized (Thank you TJ!), if you are willing to participate for a few hours on this task, we could always use a few extra hands. Please contact us!
VE Testing Session – 10am – 1pm, we will have a VE Testing session running. We are also looking for any additional volunteers to participate as VE’s. Time is running out to get registered as a VE through examtools.org, it does take a few days to become approved, you must do this now if you want to help!
If you are wanting to get your license or upgrade, please preregister through our hamstudy.org event!

Thank you to all our volunteers and I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

Nick K7DSG
President