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2012 ARRL Rookie Roundup - SSB

Less than 10 days till the SSB roundup, and I need to do some improvements to the station! Unfortunately this will be my only year in the roundup. Rules state "In the Rookie Roundup, a Rookie is defined has having been first licensed in the current calendar year or the previous two calendar years, regardless of license class. To compete in the 2012 Rookie Roundup events, an amateur must have received their license in 2012, 2011 or 2010." I first was licensed on 12/28/2010, which is the two years back from the current year of 2012. I figure the Rookie Roundup for 2013 will include only 2013, 2012, and 2011 Oh well.... It will be fun anyway, and that is the whole purpose of the roundup! Maybe I will try to run a frequency instead of just S&P. Hmm..... :)


As far as station improvements. My 40M/80M dipole is looking more and more like junk! I first had problems caused by RF squirrels, then the freak October 2011 snow storm that dumped 18+ inches of snow on trees that still had a full complement of leaves, stretched the legs and snapped one of them. I have tried to retune it, but the wires are now all tangled and probably wildly out of tune. I have scouted a new location for the dipole, but I still have to be stealthy about it. I'll post more on that later. I also need to rearrange the operating position a little. Need to move some stuff around for better operating, and need to make up a few jumper cables just in case I have a cable failure. (It has happened)


Probably will not get to relocating the 40M/80M dipole, there just is not any time this weekend to finish the new one. I will just have to check it out the old one with the antenna analyzer and see if it is usable.




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