432 MHz Sprint This Wed. Night 7-11pm Your Local Time

   Want everyone to know the 432 sprint is on tomorrow night.   Help spread the word.   WB8BZK/R will be activating the NW side of Chicago grids.   His specific plans are: 
    0000Z to 0040Z EN52xc in Palatine, IL
    0105Z to 0145Z EN62ad in Arlington Heights, IL
    0210Z to 0230Z EN51xx Elk Grove Village
    0245Z to 0315Z+ EN61ax in Wood Dale

    432.125 MHz 100W 4 el (Stacked M2 Loops while mobile)
    446.000 MHz 25W FM (Vertical)

    KA9RSL/R will be activating the North-Central IN grids of EN61/71/70/60 (weather permitting, tomorrow looks rough to the east and southeast of WI.)   Stacked 432 loops and 100w.   Look for KA9RSL-10 on the online APRS maps.  Keith put out a healthy signal in the 144 sprint, so make sure to look southeast.  
    K0GEM/R will be activating the Kansas City grids.   In his own words, 
“I will again be activating EM28/38/39/29 just east of Kansas City, MO.  Please remember to tune “up 5” from the calling frequency and look for me calling CQ.

Band  Pwr   Mode Gear        Antenna
432   100w  ssb  FT-847/Amp  Directive Systems 15 el Beam
440    35w  FM   TM-G707     Dual Band Whip

Will be calling CQ on 432.105 mhz SSB and 446.0 mhz FM.

The Planned Rove
*Note times are in Central Time Zone.
7:00pm – 7:45pm – EM28
7:45pm – 8:00pm – Enroute to next stop
8:00pm – 8:45pm – EM38
8:45pm – 9:00pm – Enroute to next stop
9:00pm – 9:45pm – EM39
9:45pm – 10:00pm – Enroute to next stop
10:00pm – 11:00pm – EM29

APRS Beacon will be running during the contest.  Look for me as K0GEM-9
on APRS, or check my main home page for an embedded map.
Austin – K0GEM
e-mail: austin at k0gem.us
web:  www.k0gem.us
Twitter: k0gem

     If you’re wondering about me tomorrow night, my 432 hasn’t been right for a long time.  It was fixed last June, and then I had 2 things go wrong shortly after.   My 6m beam is broken, and my 6m, 222 and 432 tower doesn’t rotate.  So it’s a good thing I have a spare 2m beam on a separate tower, otherwise I’d be really sunk.   I have a 144.240 net to call tomorrow night (WB9LYH is unavailable) so I’ll be talking up the 432 sprint as I rotate around the compass on 2m, taking check-ins.  

      Remember the Sprints website is at:  http://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/2011-announcement-rules
      Microwave sprint is Sat. morning, May 7th, 6am-1pm your local time.  This includes bands like 902/3, 1296, 2304, 3456, 5704 MHz and 10 Gig.  
      The 6m (50MHz) sprint is Sat. evening, May 14th.   It starts at 2300Z and runs until 0300Z on early Sunday morning, May 15th.   In the central time zone, this is 6pm-10pm.   In the eastern time zone, it’s 7pm-11pm.   The 6m sprint runs on Z (or GMT) because there’s a good chance for sporadic E skip across the USA, and we want everyone to be on at the same time.

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