APE 2014This was my third year to go on an APE (August PSK Expedition). This is an event of PODXS 070 International PSK Club.Click here for 2012 & 2013 APE This year we went to Grand Bayou, Louisiana, it is in the northwest corner of Louisiana. We rented three cabins at the resort. We had Ken K5KRB, Charles W5WF, and myself Larry WB5CXC on this APE. We arrived about 3:00 in the afternoon and unloaded the trucks. We setup Charles station first and Ken started making contact. The first contact he made was with Ireland so I knew it was going to be a great APE. We have improved our APE/portable operations over the last three years. This year we decided to build a smaller Go-Box and we used the 33’ fiberglass poles and the end-fed antennas, I also wanted to try out a 15M J-pole. Click here for information on 15M J-Pole.We didn’t have any idea of how to mount our antennas until we arrived at the site. Each of the antennas had 100’ of RG-8 coax. .We put up the antennas on the porch of two cabins. We intended to operate two stations at the same time. We operated 20M and 15M during the day without any interference between the two. The 20M band was open late into the evening, on Friday night Charles W5WF worked 20M until a little after mid-night. Saturday night we tried 40M but, had poor band conditions.
I’m putting up my 33’ Fiberglass Mast
Go-Box with Yaesu FT-857D, MFJ Manual Antenna Tuner,and Tigertronics USB TNC
One of the things I wanted to do this year was to use my 15M Ladder Line J-Pole and compare it with the end fed antenna. I operated the morning using the end fed and then switched to the J-Pole. I couldn’t tell any difference between the two antennas, both performed well.
Operating APE on 15M
Ken - K5KRB Operating on 20M
Charles - W5WF setting up his Go-Box for operating on 20M
We made 86 contacts on this year’s APE. We had some very good DX contacts. We had two stations who contacted all three of us - W3HF and W2DEN.
Stations contacted during our APE-2014(by W5WF, K5KRB, and WB5CXC)