[html] This weekend brought a lot of people out of the weeds on VHF/UHF/ and above because of the contest that was being held… I missed the Sunday morning group but Sunday evening brought a lot of us together and Bob, VE6BLD, and myself worked a lot of stations mainly north of us on these bands…The biggest thrill for me was working Grant, VE6TA on 1296.100 Mhz who lives approximately 100 miles north of me….My equipment is mainly setup for satellite uplink operation and doesnt have a Tx/Rx relay so I hade to swap the 7/8 hardline back and forth to work him totally on this band…We used CW at first and then switched to SSB and had a short QSO which was actually quite strong in signal stength…Grant is using a 18 foot dish right on the ground with about 600 watts looking through trees (EME setup) but I was only running about 30 watts into a 25 turn helical which has a bad SWR at this freq and is about 45 feet high and also looking right through a bunch of trees…Skip [/html]
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