December, 2013 Contest Manager’s Notes
December, 2013 Contest Manager’s Notes avatar

Happy Thanksgiving to all CTRI members and their families!

Let me start this month’s notes by apologizing for my relative inactivity over the last month or so. I’ve been pretty busy with work, school, and family, and just recently was hired as the Graduate Research Assistant in PC’s History department, so I have not had much free time with which to enjoy amateur radio in general. Unfortunately I missed operating in the CQ WW CW Contest, which I had been counting on to improve my country count of 80M and 160M. There’s always next year, I suppose.

On to December’s contest happenings. December is a great month for contesting, although I don’t know that most contesters would view it as such. There are some interesting opportunities with plenty of activity to satisfy almost anyone I would imagine.

If you like 160M December and January are your months. The ARRL 160-Meter Contest runs between 2200z December 6th through 1600z December 8th.

2013 CQWW DX CW Contest Results
k3iu

Please post your results here. Don’t forget that the deadline for submitting your log is 2359 UTC November 29, 2013 for the CW contest. That’s 6:59PM (EST) Friday evening the 29th.

When I get all the results from this contest, I’ll put an updated Leaderboard on our web site.

73,

Ken K3IU
Keeper of the Leaderboard.

CQWW CW @ W1AN/W1DX this weekend (23/24 Nov 2013) – Operator Scheduling
CQWW CW @ W1AN/W1DX this weekend (23/24 Nov 2013) – Operator Scheduling avatar

CTRI’ers,

I want to contribute to the effort this weekend @ John’s, but I have some commitments that are going to force me to operate only at certain times.  I’d like to coordinate those times if at all possible so that we spread the operators out over the entire weekend, instead of us having a lump of ops all at the same time (sitting around rag-chewing instead of operating).

Please post what times you can be there, and what times you absolutely can’t be there, and perhaps we can “force fit” ops to the entire weekend without too many problems.  I will work with John on Thursday and Friday during the day to assist with final preparations, like making sure the F-key labels are ready, the computer files are up-to-date, etc.

I CANNOT operate early Friday evening, nor Sunday morning through mid afternoon.  I guess that means I could be available most of Saturday.  I would like to get some sleep Saturday night since I have a busy Sunday morning/afternoon.

Thanks for posting your options.  I am looking forward to sitting behind the stack on 15-meters (5 over 5).  We should have good propagation – it should be a blast.

73, Mike, K1DM

2013 ARRL November Sweepstakes – Phone
k3iu

This weekend is the Phone Sweepstakes weekend. Hopefully conditions will be as good as they were for the CW weekend and that everyone will get a clean sweep! Don’t forget that there are now 83 sections now that Ontario has been split up.

Please post your scores and comments here by adding a comment to this posting. Thanks…

73,

Ken K3IU, Keeper of the Leaderboard

Meeting Notice — November 9, 2013 — Please RSVP ASAP
Meeting Notice — November 9, 2013  — Please RSVP ASAP avatar

It’s that time again. If you are familiar with the interactive meeting notice skip down to “Topics“. This is an interactive meeting notice. What, you may ask, is an interactive meeting notice? As the phrase suggests, it is a meeting notice which requires interaction by the readers. For example: we need to have topics for presentation at the meeting; we need presenters; we need volunteers to provide lunch; we need to know who is coming to the meeting so the quantity of lunch portions may be determined, and so on. This post will be updated as interactions (comments) are appended.

Topics

  1. Contest Report
  2. Report on Resolution of Dues issue
  3. K1DM technical presentation on Vector Network Analyzers and affordable instrumentation
  4. NP3U 2014 possibilities
  5. Prioritize the plaques we intend to sponsor
  6. Matters Arising

Lunch provider: K1SD

Coffee and Drinks by: K1SD

Members who will attend: W1PN, K1SD, K3IU, K1DM, NG1G, W1XX, KS1J, W1AN, KI1G, W1WBB

Venue: QTH of K1SD at the usual time of 10:00

2013 ARRL November Sweepstakes – CW
k3iu

This weekend is the CW Sweepstakes weekend. Hopefully conditions will be as good as last weekend and everyone will get a clean sweep! Don’t forget that there are now 83 sections now that Ontario has been split up.

Please post your scores here by adding a comment to this posting.

73,

Ken K3IU, Keeper of the CTRI Leaderboard