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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Planning for St George Island Ops Saturday 29 August

The US islands W/VE QSO Party on Saturday 29 August has turned into to a get away trip to St. George Island, Florida for Linda and me. Suzy is going too. I enquired and got permission to use the St. George Lighthouse for an antenna support. I am having a self debate on antennas to use. I am thinking currently to use a 20 meter dipole as the main antenna and then a sloping 60 foot wire to the ground for the other bands.The sloping antenna is the Chameleon Hybrid Micro. I will use a single line over the lighthouse railing. I guess I will go with my Field Day portable station based on the Icom 7100 and a 40 amp hour battery. The WX is touch and go with thunderstorms predicted.

I will be operating under our club call W4RYZ for Panama City ARC. There will be other ops from our club setting up at the State Park or helping me out at the Lighthouse. The US Islands W/VE QSO Party is 1200z 29 August – 0300z 30 August, 2015. 15 Hours. I will be focusing on 1500 to 2100 or 10 am to 5 pm Eastern Time. Our operating frequencies are 14.250-14.260 (main) 7.250, 21.350,and 28.450 mHz phone.  The US islands designator for St George Island is FL007S.

More on the QSO Party information is at Information on the Lighthouse is at and the State Park at I am looking forward to many contacts including RaDAR operators.