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JEEP WAVEfrom Scott Tokar, N6ZHV
Land Ops is giving you a blog-wave back.
Thank you Scott for leading Alpha Team on this last op!
We had an awesome desert nav-comm level 2 op.
From nearby ridgelines to flat dry lake crossings the Cuddeback op this year had some exciting and beautiful drives.
Below: Jim Biram K6JKB in his Land Rover crossing the drylake at high speed. Picture was taken from a perch along the lower ridge of Fremont Peaks mountains. Look for the tiny Rover near the bottom of the pic.
Picture above and below gives some perspective as to the scale of this area.
Photo above was taken from the upper third of the lake looking north.
Below: Great times with Land Ops members - the night quite pleasant with little to no wind.
Report from Cuddeback May 5th OpRidgeline Base Camp & Special HF Demo
Instead of staying down on the desert floor we decided to get above it all. This year at Cuddeback we had perfect, I say again, perfect weather for camping up on the ridge south of Fremont Peak and East of Cuddeback dry lake.
We all found our space higher up overlooking the three dry lakes surrounding our camp.
The op attendance was perfectly sized as well. One net control station and about 10 vehicles total on the op. Afterwards we got a demonstration by Peter (new member) KA6U who was using WSJT FT8 digital mode (HF) contacting Indonesia, Russia, Japan and South America.
Peter was using an end fed 40 meter dipole about 20 feet over our heads. We also listened as he made CW contacts at about 30 words per minute.
Off The Books – HF Project (quick report)
Last Saturday April 21, a few Land Ops HF operators got together for a half day to focus on setting up mobile HF base stations.
Attending at El Dorado Park, Long Beach
Tim and Bonnie Sperry AG6RS
Thank you Bonnie for the surprise lunch
Greg Lund & Candy Kawahara K6GHL & KC6ROX
Michael Rozenstraten KJ6KNH
Chris Doering KI6QBM
We were able to make contact with Rick Bean W8KO on 80 meters so we were definitely pushing NVIS. He was based in Temecula at his home station.
Emmanuel Tsompanas KC6RUF was alerted to our exercise in northern California, but our coordination with him was less than perfect so we didn’t actually get to make contact.
All in all it turned out to be a great morning and afternoon working with wire antennas and our new radios as well as spending time with Land Ops friends.
Good news for those who donated to the Kickstarter campaign for our upcoming documentary "Mysteries of Lucky Nugget"...the t-shirts have arrived.
They will soon be distributed to those who participated in the fundraising project at that reward level.
Here's the trailer if you missed it
May 2018 Issue of QST
Land Ops ARC is in QST this month!
Thanks to member Jim Biram K6JKB for a nice trip report sent to QST magazine.
QST Article name is: Land Ops - Off Road and On the Air
This was a nice write up (trip report) on our Monache Meadows, California trip last year.
We did a little mesh networking with our own version of a talking stick.
We've gotten better getting everything functional. We had a fully functioning network with VOIP phones during this years Quartzfest. Thanks to Russ Chung KI6MLU.
Here's a little fun video of this particular trip (QST article) to Monache Meadows with some of our challenges with mesh network last year.
Saturday April 21 2018
LAND OPS WILL BE ON 80 and 40 METERS
Practice HF Mobile Net Control Station Deployments
We will be practicing setting up multiple net control stations from 8AM to 2PM approx.
Stations on the air will be in northern California and Temecula California.
We will be preparing over the net 6 months for our Dual Base Camp op in Nov. 10th, 2018. Stations will have their own nav-comm teams during the November operation and will be intentionally required to use NVIS (near vertical incident skywave).
A great turn out for the Meet n Greet at Irvine Regional Park.
The Land Ops vehicle variety.
Visiting park ranger Mason.
The camping near Brown's Camp in the Turtle Mountains was absolutely beautiful. This area is so unique. The op included navigating to caches around the lost arch area and the use of mesh network between net control and the rendezvous point.
W8KO set up HF communications our of the back of his homemade trailer (below).
Mailbox cache below.
This year was a whole lot cooler than usual. Only one medivac helo at our stage 3, but it was one of our ham radio volunteers who was not feeling well. The medical team took no chances and called in the bird.
A few pictures of this operation: