KA6U Update - April 14, 2023 - 0130UTC
Change in plans for this week.
Today I drove up to the border of NE/KS. I will visit OK/MO at another time.
There is a good weather window now with morning temperatures of 5-9C (which I like) and light winds.
Here is the updated plan:
- April 24 - KS EM29 starting at 1430UTC followed by NE EN20. I believe I have an excellent operating location which is right on the border of KS and NE with no power lines, no cell towers. only flat farmland to the horizon. I will start with 23cm and 70cm at Moonrise from KS. I will be QRV from KS until at least 1700 on those bands until California Moonrise. I will then stop for 15 minutes and install 222 antennas and run until about 1800UTC. After I complete with callers on 222 I will move the station 3 meters into Nebraska EN20 and will run 23cm and 222 first, then I will switch to 23cm and 70cm. I can run as long as needed on 23cm and 70cm to complete with all callers. After I complete operations I have a 4 hour drive North to the area near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hope to arrive by 0200UTC on April 25
- April 25 - EN13 South Dakota near Sioux Falls, SD starting at about 1500UTC 23cm and 70cm followed by 222 Mhz. After completing operations 6 hour drive to MN/ND site
- April 26 - EN15 North Dakota and Minnesota. ND starting at about 1600UTC 23cm and 70 cm running until about 1900UTC until California stations complete on 23cm. I will then replace 70cm antennas with 222 and work callers. I will then move 3M into Minnesota. I will do 23cm and 222 operations first then I will switch to 23cm and 70cm. I do not have a time limit for ND and MN operations.
It is a 9 hour drive from the ND/MN location to MT/WY location in DN74. I will drive on April 27th. Due to the wind forecast of 20-30mph on April 27th, the MT/WY activation will be planned for April 28th at about 1840UTC. At this time the wind forecast for April 28th is ok. If the wind is too high on the 28th, I can probably run 70cm and 222 but not 23cm.
This time of year is challenging in the Northwest US because winter storms are still happening. If I do operate on April 28th the forecast temperature is 2 degrees C. When the temperature gets below -5 C I start complaining.
There is a winter storm scheduled for the Northwestern US toward the end of this week. It the storm happens I will need to go South on the western side of the Rocky Mountains to avoid it. If this happens I may not be able to activate WA/OR/ID but I would be able to do Utah and other planned states in the Southwestern US.
Great plan - I'll be looking for you from KS and NE. GL & 73ReplyDelete
Hi Peter. I wish a good conditions during your trip. Especially on the end of this week. Need OR as a #50 for my 23 cm WAS! GL & 73! Gennadi, ES3RFReplyDelete
Tnx fer KS and NE - easy qsos. I was checking my LoTW and 16 of 47 states on 432 are KA6U. What an effort.ReplyDelete