Margaretsville Light Activation September 2016

Hello everyone

Our first lighthouse activation went very well! Ten AVARC members showed up at the Margaretsville Light, and we quickly erected two 24-foot masts that supported dipoles for 20m and 30m, and a 33-foot vertical antenna for 40m. Several people also brought along their own portable stations with mag-mount antennas for the HF bands, and in short order we had 5 transmitters operational.


Unfortunately, propagation sucked today! Despite that however, we made several dozen phone, CW and digital QSOs. We worked a number of US states, including a few hard-to-get ones like Nebraska. We also received excellent signal reports into Europe, and worked Ireland, England, France, Austria, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Not bad for dipoles a few meters off the ground!

I’m not sure if we’ll be able to schedule another lighthouse activation before the winter hits, but we’ll definitely be doing this again!


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