[WVARC] WA6LXN/6 Field Day Results

Tree tree at kkn.net
Thu Jun 27 06:13:29 PDT 2013

Driving up to CP and seeing those two full sized 3 element 40 meter beams
is a site I will never forget.

I also have a picture from one time we arrived up there and the whole San
Fernando Valley was fogged in - and it looked like there was a carpet down
there that you could walk on.

I have another memory of Contractors Point....  I was up there about two
hours before I lost my virginity.  -)


On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM, Ken Beals <kabeals at live.com> wrote:

> Wasn’t Clint’s Mustang yellow?...
> And... having watched the lower 12 feet of that 100’ pole get put in the
> ground, I could have guaranteed that thing wasn’t going anywhere. I do
> remember Clint and I having to remove the 30 degree lean from one of the
> poles after it was placed. Crazy kids.
> Magnet
> *From:* Leigh S. Jones
> *Sent:* Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 5:41 PM
> *To:* Marty Woll
> *Cc:* wvarc at kkn.net
> You had to go and wax poetic on us there Marty...
> FD memories:
> 1) a bunch of crazy kids getting together every year and the miracle that
> no one was ever badly injured
> 2) Matts 30 watt novice transmitter into the Hygain equivalent of the
> Gotham Vertical ground mounted on a superb hilltop works no better than the
> same down in the valley and some crazy non-ham participant's 1952 Chevy
> boat tearing up and down washboard dirt roads with two of our other
> participants clinging to the roof of the car because we couldn't fit them
> inside the car
> 3) operating 2A at W6CXW/6 from a vacant lot near WB6NWK's location -- a
> garbage looking homebrew 3 ele 15 yagi at eye level (about 5 feet) works 10
> db better than a TA-33 at 25 feet.  WB6NWK's high pitched prepubescent
> voice cuts through QRM, so I emulated his results by doing all of my future
> phone contests while straining my voice to squeak like a dolphin
> 4) The first WVARC FD. a 5A effort with several super portable
> plywood-spreader quads made all previous FD participation by our group's
> members look, well, amateurish. Two other squeaky voices manning 15 M with
> one of the plywood quads making huge contact totals and having both the
> Frankfort Radio Club operator and the PVRC operator tell me our signal
> dominated all bands on the East Coast
> 5) WB6VFJ's Hygain yagis the next year made the quads look as feeble as
> Gotham verticals. I slept overnight at the site Friday night to guard Ken's
> antennas, and another police car turned on his lights and sirens once per
> hour, awakened me and checked ID's and letters of permission
> 6) riding to Contractors Point in WB6WIT's red 65 mustang the evening the
> crane was coming to Contractors point to raise W6GP's telephone poles
> 7) WB6VFJ's 5 element long boom yagis at Contractors Point and three
> elements on 40 M, but the single antenna with the highest contact total is
> the 15 foot high 40 meter dipole used on phone during the daytime
> 8) 60 QSOs per hour on 80m CW for four solid hours well after midnight,
> then the next two hours waiting for the rental place to open up so a new
> generator could be rented to us down in the valley (80 m Hygain tape dipole
> at 20 feet).
> 9) Thad actually repairing a defunct generator in the dark and putting us
> back on the air just before the new generator came up the road.
> 10) the worries before FD that we'd lose hundreds of contacts per band
> because of interference from W6SD.  Looking out the tent at W6SD's yagis
> visible on the hill above us during our 20 m contact, but having trouble
> pulling his exchange through interference from the Midwest
> 11) W1ZM, a guy I didn't even know, calling me on a wats line Monday
> morning early from Connecticut -- a WVARC member told him I would be
> submitting the logs -- and he was excited to learn whether his club had
> defeated us.  I don't remember which club, some "wireless association" that
> put on the biggest effort Connecticut had ever seen to try to defeat, in
> particular, our already famous club, the one in the movie, sparing no
> expense.  The foul mouthed cursing you never hear on the air when I told
> him our numbers. The eventual congratulations. More cursing.  Years later
> he gave me a remarkably similar call when he came in behind me in the ARRL
> DX contest.
> Leigh S. Jones KR6X
> On Jun 26, 2013, at 15:10, "Marty Woll" <n6vi at socal.rr.com> wrote:
>  Hi, all.
> Great to hear from so many of you recalling our glory days, when our motto
> could have been, "Never trust anyone over 25 . . . just beat them!"
> A look through the November issues of QST for the following years reveals
> the club's results:
> 1969 -  1st place, 4A
>  1970 -  1st place, 4A
>  1971 -  1st place, 4A
>  1972 - 2nd place, 4A
>  1973 -  1st place, 4A
> Yours truly was fortunate enough to be included in the results article
> photos, wearing my mighty Superex headphones with custom perspiration
> absorbers courtesy of Kimberly Clark (a.k.a. Kleenex).
> A few fond memories include:
>  - putting up two full-sized 40m 2L quads, one 'phone and one CW, and
> having to shoo a pesky rattlesnake that sat in my path as I tried to tie
> off the lines
> - being belted atop a 100' pole to mount the 20m beam and having it get
> stuck on the way up.  Since we didn't know about such things as snatch
> blocks back then, the ground crew stood a good distance away and gave a
> mighty pull, which not only freed the stuck yagi but almost freed the pole
> from its foundation!  It creaked and swayed back and forth for what seemed
> a couple of minutes as my yet-short life flashed before me
> - hooking up my new Drake line for its first Field Day outing, replacing
> my green Collins wannabe's (SB-301 /SB- 401)
> - pooling our not-so-massive financial resources to pay A. A. Wanamaker
> Rents the princely sum of $35 for the weekend use of a generator
> - seeing WA6PNN's camera flash on Contractor's Peak from my home and
> having him copy my headlight CW in reply
> - watching WA6TLV in our Novice tent running at 45 wpm
> - using WB6UJY's telescope to watch the W6SD ops on the next hill drinking
> beer and generally milling around
> I have to say that WVARC was one of the best starts to a Ham Radio career
> that anyone could have had.
> Thanks and 73,
> Marty N6VI
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