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I got a really nice certificate today via E-mail from the folks at the Sunday Creek ARF.

Thanks!
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Remember everyone, keep sending those OSPOTA pix to KB8UUZ at kb8uuz@gmail.com.

He'll be working on the Radiogram soon, and can use all the OSPOTA pictures he can get.
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Just received a couple of pictures taken of our 2017 W8DGN operation at John Bryan JOB. ...

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Hi everyone,

Well, the big day is almost upon us. I had a couple last minute thoughts.
1) Don’t forget your 80 meter antennas. If 40 behaves as it’s been known to, 80 will be your lifesaver.
2) Also, If you are in a park, don’t be afraid to spend time on the higher bands. While you might not work any new parks, you will find other contacts that still count for points.
3) Parks On The Air. If you are in a park, and are planning to share your log information with that program, then make sure your operators know the proper park designation. A list of Parks and their POTA designators can be found at ospota.org.
4) This year’s event will be very fall like, but at least it’ll be dry.
5) Lastly, Have fun!
I’ve just updated the Planned activations page for the final time. It will be coming down sometime on Friday.
I’m hoping for cell coverage at Jefferson Lake, but just in case, Good Luck everyone! I’ll see you on the air.

73, DE KD8MQ
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Well, I won't be making room for a plaque on the shack wall, but did I have fun! ...

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Well, as I said, it's the first night back in "civilization". Here's how my weekend went.

I tried posting one picture to the page, and it literally took over an hour to upload. So that gives you an idea of the cell coverage at JEF.

I arrived on Friday afternoon, and hung the G5RV. Dummy me, I hung it with one leg crossing a neighboring unused campsite. About 9 PM, I got a knock on my door. My new "neighbors" wanted that campsite, and requested that I remove the antenna wire.

I rehung the antenna on my side of the line "in the dark", and got it tuned. Then, in the AM, I shot a line about 20' higher in t he same tree, and got the antenna working well.

I got on the air about 9:30, got a frequency, and handed out Parks On The Air contacts until 10 AM when I changed my CQ to "CQ OSPOTA".

Thankfully, I had enough cell coverage for texting, and for watching the spotting network. I had a ball working 40 & 80. Unfortunately, since self-spotting is not allowed, I never was able to get anything going on 20 Meters. My apologies for those who were too far away for 20 Meters.

Then, coming home this morning, I took a "shortcut" recommended by another camper, and got hoplessly lost. There's no feeling in the world like when the turn the GPS recommends turns out to be a dirt road!

I lumped all my phone contacts together onto the same logger (N3FJP), so I'm still sorting things out, but it looks like about 100 contacts, and 40 -ish parks for KD8MQ.

All told, the weather was better than last year, as the attached picture from 2016 can testify. Who can forget that lovely late summer shower, or the all day rain we had the year before.
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Well, this is the first of multiple postings I'm making tonight. Since this is my first night back in "civilization", I'm playing catch-up.

First things first. I love the pictures that everyone was posting yesterday. I was telling Parky (our contest chairman) about them, and promised I would ask everyone to forward copies to him at kb8uuz@gmail.com.

I know that I can save them from your posts, but that is time consuming, and besides, I think that Facebook reduces the resolution for posting.

Parky requests that the pictures be renamed to the callsign being used in the contest.
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