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Hot off the press - from Paul, NA5N, and Jan NØQT:
Countdown to the 16th Annual Zombie Shuffle - A unique on-the-air
event exclusively for QRP Zombies
The whole world seems to be getting full of zombies. But - we’re the
originals!!! QRP Zombies since 1998.
WHY ZOMBIE SHUFFLE?: Because Zombies don’t sprint.
THE ZOMBIE SHUFFLE is an annual event for QRPers to get on the air, have some fun, and rack up a really big score in spite of what your CW or operating skills may be. It is normally held on the Friday before
Halloween to avoid the CW SS contest. It is administered strictly
through the QRP-L mailing list.
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013, from sundown (Suggestion - 6 p.m. Local time) to Midnight.
Rules? (or, in case of Zombies - Suggestions?) Dig here:
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Portable delta loop feedpoint/insulator & balun. Balun is in the pink container. Coax will attach where red & green wires are on front bottom, and feed through the balun which is plugged in on the backside, and then to the antenna wire (green) which is fed through some of the mounting holes on the sides for strain relief.
The arrangement should provide flexibility to allow other wire antenna types and baluns (2:1, 4:1, etc.) to be used. The other mounting holes will be used for support cord. Apex of the delta loop and other corner will be set/hung by large clothing buttons.
Perhaps an expensive approach if you had to purchase the binding-post wall plate, but I was given a bagful by a fellow ham, so the price (for me) was right.
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Already well into June. Time to measure myself against my New Year goal list for 2013:
And I bought a KX3…. that must count for something……
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My new portable 6m Moxon. Assembled in the basement Saturday morning and tested on the deck prior to the June VHF contest.
Aside from the coax, mast and hub, entire antenna collapses down into about 2” x 48”. Hub is about 12” x 5” x 1/2”.
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QRP To The Field and SOTA operation photos from Saturday 4/27 on High Point Mountain W2/NJ-001 (highest point in NJ - 1803 ft.) also along Appalachian Trail. Click on photos to enlarge & see captions.
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Ham Radio Life’s Been Good To WB6ACU So Far… Ham Nation 1: Joe Walsh, WB6ACU (by twit)
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Your Final Instructions from Prepper Paul, NA5N:
Zombies and Maya Kings,
Gosh. Where has the time gone? Seems it was just summer, then
Thanksgiving, Christmas next week … oh yeah, and the end of the world
thing this Friday. Hate it when doomsday sneaks up on you like that! :-)
So a reminder that our special 2012 “End of the World” Zombie Shuffle will
be THIS FRIDAY, famous December 21, from local sundown (considered 5pm
local) to midnight. Just as the Maya calendar runs out of rock. Early
enough to get a little 20M in there before resorting to 40M. Solar flux is
115-120, quiet geomagnetic field, and no big competing contests which should
provide fairly decent evening bands.
Rules and other ramblings at:
NEW TO QRP OR CONTESTING? This is for you. A contest that serves no
purpose whatsoever except get on the air and have fun no matter what your
code speed or how rusty your fist may be. We all know Zombies can’t crack
out 35 wpm in those old blood soaked rags, right? Scoring is based more on
serendipity (recording those Zombie numbers) than operating skill. Over the
years, we’ve had quite a few new QRPers who accomplished their first real CW
QSOs during the Zombie Shuffle. That’s what it’s all about … to give
everyone a chance to get on the air and pound some brass.
ZOMBIE NUMBERS can be obtained from Jan <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you don’t have
one. Zombie numbers are good for life. Or, send your 3-digit telephone
area code if you wish. We’re pretty close to hitting 1,000 Zombie numbers
assigned (like 35-40 to go).
ZOMBIE BADGE: It was reported by several that the Zombie badge link wasn’t
working on the above Zombie page. I have repaired the link for those who
wish to print out their own Zombie/Area 51 badge.
MAYA KINGS: We have 13 Maya Kings willing to serve you this year fairly
evenly scattered across the empire. Plenty of chances to work some bonus
For their name, they will be sending MAYA KING, MAYA, KING, or even KING JOE
or KING RON (or whatever their name is) as they decide. We even have a
special KING ELVIS. Each Maya King worked is worth an additional 666
I’m sure between sending CQ BOO and KING ELVIS, we’ll drive the QRO folks
nuts trying to figure this thing out!
Whether you get on for 2-3 QSOs, or work several hours, you’ll have fun.
And, thanks for participating. After all, the end of the world only comes
along every so often. I think the last one was Y2K.
I was listening to Coast to Coast AM radio show this weekend, and one
doomsday believer claimed that “every major observatory is tracking the
collision course of planet Nibiru with Earth on Dec. 21 - and all
observatory employees have been sworn to secrecy.” At the VLA (merely the
world’s largest radio telescope), I must have missed that inter-office
email! With the internet, Twitter, and Facebook, how on Earth could you
keep something like that secret these days?
However, I do feel there’s a chance of a minor earthquake or a volcano might
blow its top. Not because the Mayan Calendar says so … but just to prove
God has a sense of humor. He can’t wait to drive those doomsdayers nuts!
72, Paul NA5N
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