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W7W 2012 Lost Dutchman Days in Arizona's Centennial Year

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The W7W Contact of the Day in 2012 Brings Forth some Phoenix Ham Radio History


Here on the 100th year of Arizona Statehood, some Phoenix amateur radio history was revealed during a contact from W7W at the Superstition Mountain Museum with Bob Hatter, W7MAE, of Virginia, formerly K7RDH of Phoenix and original manager of the Ham Radio Outlet store in Phoenix.  Bob's wife Martha, W7KOY, who was not in on this contact, is the daughter of Ken "Cy" Pond, W7MAE (SK) and "Gert" Pond, W7KOY (SK), the latter of whom was known across the Phoenix area by anyone who frequented the Arizona Repeater Association's 146.94 White Tanks mountaintop repeater.

You see, Gert was always heard giving directions to anybody who needed to get somewhere in Phoenix, very seldom making a mistake, even though she herself did not drive.

Might I add, this contact was made over equipment set up by club member Jeff, K2DFE, whose call sign was his father's call sign before him!  It just fits right in with the theme of the story -- Keeping it all in the family!

And of course, just by coincidence, Gert's call, W7KOY, was similar to the AM broadcast pioneer station KOY that could be heard blanketing almost all of Arizona with its powerhouse signal on, according to its jingle, "55-Phoenix, K-O-Y."  (After ownership and frequency swaps, the lower-powered broadcaster can now be heard blanketing almost all of Metro Phoenix.)

Larry, WB7C, was the control operator of W7W during this contact, and wrote up this piece for inclusion in the April issue of the club newsletter.

For the Operators putting on the 2012 event

Thank you for the time that you put in on the Special Event to make it a successful club outing!  Terry, KE7GRV, who was assigned 17 meters didn't make many contacts, but instead taught four Basic Antenna 101 classes for the newcomers.  While his participation did not register as a W7W station on the air to speak of most of the day, his Elmering was very much welcomed.

Gene, K8WQ was using a center-supported dipole mounted on the back of his pickup truck, about 15 feet high, maybe 20, but he unfortunately had dead conditions plus a lot of noise.  But he engaged in conversation with other club members and occasional museum visitors coming our way.  Thank you!

Jeff, K2DFE, managed to get an effective signal out on 15 meters, using tape measures for ground radials on his vertical antenna.  He and a team of others managed to work a pile of stations on the band ranging from the east coast to Canada to Japan.  Thank you!

Steve, KB7KWK placed his EchoLink node onto the club repeater for the day, and we worked a couple stations via EchoLink, plus a number more on the repeater.  We had never done that before, but EchoLink can be used to advise people where W7W is currently operating on HF.  Thank you!

Our thanks to the club members and prospective members who were not mentioned specifically, who did come out and take part, but we also must give a big Thank-you to the Superstition Mountain Museum for allowing us to set up radio stations in the rear of the museum.

Without all of these pieces fitting together, this group outing would not have been the success it turned out to be.  Thank you all for your part!


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2012 Lost Dutchman Days W7W Special Event Feb 25

Celebrating the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine in Arizona's Centennial Year

W7W Special Events Station was operated out at the Superstition Mountain Museum near Apache Junction, AZ and in front of the beautiful Superstition Mountains on Saturday, February 25, 2012, to celebrate Lost Dutchman Days in the Arizona Centennial month of February.  Arizona became a state on February 14, 2012, Valentine's Day, when Arizona Territorial Governor Hunt was in office.  As it turned out, it was in addition to Arizona's 1912 Governor Hunt, that President Theodore Roosevelt was dedicating memorials to the Roosevelt Dam of 100 years ago, together with the building of Apache Trail as a supply road to the dam 100 years ago.  These activities took place out in front of the museum, next to the highway, while W7W was operating behind the museum among the outdoor exhibits.

The Lost Dutchman Marathon was run the weekend before, and at the time of the race, our club repeater was carrying race support communications, and from there we learned that a woman beat the course record by four minutes! From the marathon web site, I learned also that a man set a new half-marathon record.  Rather adds to the excitement of the Arizona Centennial year to be setting course records in the eleventh running of the Lost Dutchman Marathon.

We did not have much opportunity to read directly from the prepared script, for conditions would fade rather suddenly for such a lengthy discourse.

So here, for your reading pleasure, is the script that I wrote up, not delving into too many details of any one thing as we covered activities in connection with the Centennial, a little about the Lost Dutchman, and a note about the Marathon successes.  It filled one [page in a two-column layout.  The 2012 W7W script

Propagation

The sun has been a'rockin' and a'rollin' here of late, with some wide open band conditions.  It ought to really be a fantastic year for contacts on HF.  This web site takes image information from n3kl.org's Solar Activity Monitor and converts the message in the image into text and prints the data at the top of these pages.

Operating Schedule for W7W on Feb 25

The museum is open every day from 9 AM until 4 PM (1600 - 2300 UTC February 25).  We were able to arrive about 8 AM and be set up to be on the air by around 9 AM, and we had to be wrapped up by shortly after 4 PM -- something to note for future operations from this site!

Operating Frequencies

The ARRL asked for four exact frequencies, allowing plus-or-minus 20 kHz.  This, too, is worth noting for future planning.  It will be wise of us to list four frequencies and refer people to this site for more details where we may list additional frequencies and resources.

10 meters

Look for us on 28.470, plus-or-minus 20 kHz SSB.  To aid in finding you in the log, we will issue a serial number prefaced with an A (Alpha).  The 75th QSO on this band would be A75 (Alpha Seven Five).

Our operation on 10 meters on February 25, 2012 was not too effective, as we suffered some power line noise and QRM from the 15 meter operation.

15 meters

Look for us on 21.435 plus-or-minus 20 kHz.  To aid in finding you in the log, we will issue a serial number prefaced with B (Bravo).  The 75th QSO on this band would be B75 (Bravo Seven Five).

Fifteen meters was rolling in like gangbusters in 2012, and once we settled on the published frequency on this band, it was the busiest station in our setup!

17 meters

Look for us on 18.135 plus or minus 20 kHz SSB.  To aid in finding you in the log, we will issue a serial number prefaced with C (Charlie).  The 75th QSO on this band would be C75 (Charlie Seven Five).

On our February 25, 2012 operation, there was more antenna theory discussion amongst ourselves than actual operation on the air, but we did make a few.  Close proximity to the 15 meter station, both using verticals, made for some wash in the receiver.

Possible 20 meters

We may be on 14.325,20 kHz if conditions on higher bands are poor.  To aid in finding you in the log, we will issue a serial number prefaced with D (Delta).  The 75th QSO on this band would be D75 (Delta Seven Five).

We tried some operation on 20 meters when our 10 meter station wasn't racking up much activity.

=EchoLink, VHF, UHF

We will be monitoring the 147.12 and linked 449.60 repeaters in Mesa, AZ, and EchoLink connected to those repeaters during the event using KB7KWK-L and KD8PC-L linked nodes in Mesa and Apache Junction.  To aid in finding you in the log, we will issue a serial number prefaced with E (Echo).  The 75th QSO on this setup would be E75 (Echo Seven Five).

On February 25, 2012, we did have a few contacts over the EchoLink or over the local repeater.

QSL Information for 2012

It took us awhile after the event to get a QSL card designed and printed, and we have finally answered the cards that we received.  Somewhere in the shuffle, we may have mislaid some received cards, because I was told we had many more than we actually ended up with.

Below are the seven cards we have answered:

  • KB3WSU of Grantsville, MD, by way of EchoLink
  • VE4MG of McCreary, MB by way of 15 meters
  • K7NN of Tucson, AZ by way of 15 meters
  • KB9NNW of Marinette, WI by way of 15 meters
  • WK9X of Frankfort, IN by way of 15 meters
  • K7EMI of Portland, OR by way of 15 meters
  • KY7W of Tempe, AZ by way of the repeater (hand-delivered)

If you worked W7W on Sunday, February 25, 2012 only and are not on the list above, and sent us a QSL with SASE, please resubmit a QSL with a self-addressed envelope, and we will cover the return postage.

There were two independent W7W operations in February celebrating the Arizona Centennial, both with Mesa, AZ postal addresses, and ours was run on February 25 on the day that stand-ins for Arizona's 1912 Governor Hunt and then-U.S. President Roosevelt were giving speeches out in front of the Superstition Mountain Museum in northeast Apache Junction.

Please send your card to:

W7W FEB 25 2012
SUPERSTITION ARC
PO BOX 21522
MESA, AZ 85277-1522

We will get our card out on the return mail.


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2011 W7W Lost Dutchman Days

The Superstition Amateur Radio Club celebrated Lost Dutchman Days under the banner of W7W from February 26 to February 27, 2011.  We made over 500 QSO's during the two days.  This operation was run from members' homes using their home stations.

Lost Dutchman Days Special Event Station W7W 2010 Pictures

Terry, NK7T posted some pictures our way for use on the site.  They could just as easily be posted in the Club Photos page, but I thought people looking for QSL info might appreciate them as well.


On Sunday, February 28, 2010, the club set up at the Superstition Mountain Museum and ran the annual Lost Dutchman Days special event station, though it was a bit wet and the museum event was sparsely attended.

This year, Steve, KY7W headed up the operation.

 

Pictures

W7W at the Superstition Mountain Museum February 28, 2010 (1 of 5)
W7W at the Superstition Mountain Museum February 28, 2010 (2 of 5)
W7W at the Superstition Mountain Museum February 28, 2010 (3 of 5)
W7W at the Superstition Mountain Museum February 28, 2010 (4 of 5)
W7W at the Superstition Mountain Museum February 28, 2010 (5 of 5)


If you see any errors on these pages,
PLEASE contact the Web Site Admin
found on Our Contact Page.
Your help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks to Dave Gardner and DTBusiness.com for our website hosting.

Serving the East Valley since 1973
Superstition Amateur Radio Club, Inc.