The final preparations are being made for our two APEs, starting
this weekend. The computer and radio are checked out, and I've
even finished constructing and testing a new vertical antenna.
The antenna is the one that was in the July QST. It's a little flimsy,
so I'll probably have to guy it to withstand the oceanfront breezes.
But I managed to get it tuned up on most of the appropriate bands.
I found reasonable matches on 40, 30, 20, 17, and 15 meters. 12
and 10 were a little squirrely, so I may not be able to operate much
on those bands. But I was able to work two stations in Florida this
afternoon on 20, with the antenna set up on our back deck and the
FT-817 in the family room, with 559 and 579 reports. Both of those
stations were using G5RV antennas. So if I can work THEM from
HERE, then I should be able to work a lot of YOU from the APE
As I had previously said, I will not have regular internet access from
either location. So if anyone wants to set up a particular sked,
please let me know by this Friday, 9 August. This is especially
true for anyone who will be relatively local, who would like to try 40
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me.