CQ WW DX 2013 and Flying Pigs
SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017
SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017
SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017
SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017
SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017
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5/28/2017 SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017 SEE WHO PASSED
5/28/2017

CQ WW DX 2013 and Flying Pigs

Yes it is the Flying Pigs of North Central Tennessee again out and about playing on the radio. This outing is a yearly event put on by CQ magazine and one of our favorites. In the past we worked this event while driving to Evansville Indiana where we attended the Evansville Ham-fest. This year the contest was one week before the Evansville Ham-fest. Because of weather concerns we decided to use the caboose here in Clarksville. The Clarksville Train Depot is a great spot to operate and is centrally located for the whole gang. The depot is ran by the Montgomery County Historical Society (http://www.mchsociety.org/Sub-Pages/Hist-TrainStation.html ). They are a great group of people and are always looking for ways to help out local organizations. 

This year one of our top operators was not able to make the contest due to an unforeseen illness. Doc-NV4T AKA: Boss Hog was not able to attend and his operating skills were missed. Our little band met for breakfast at the local Mc Donald's on Riverside drive around 0800 hours local time and after having our fill we made our way to the depot to set up. Terry-N5HOT once again brought his K3 radio and all the assorted equipment to operate a full radio station. Terry always brings more equipment than we need because you never know when something might happen while setting up.

The gang consisted of our regulars, Terry-N5HOT, Lewis-KF4WK, John-KX6F, Richard-K4BLE, Jim-KT4FQ, John-KM6NN and a new operator to the gang Jack-N3BQ. This time out we also had a new radio prospect Steve Highley show up with his son Phenyx (8 yrs old).

After setting up the antenna and the radio equipment we got down to getting on the air. I started off by scanning the twenty meter band. Signals were coming in from everywhere so I started at the bottom of the band and worked my way up.

Our first contact was with K3LR-Tim in West Middlesex, PA he was booming in and gave us a 599. Good start so up I went to 14015 and grabbed N3IQ-Brian and Friends from Mt Arie Maryland. This is a contest station in Maryland and had a great signal. VE7GL-Dale in Chilliwack BC Canada. I was glad to finally get someone out of the U.S. for some extra points..... From here on we started getting more and more stations like PJ2T-Geoff Howard from the Caribbean Contesting Consortium in Santa Marta Curacao.... man great signal...

 Then it was Terry's turn to make things happen. Right off the bat Terry picked out E73W-Ivica Matkic in Bosnia - Herzegovina he came booming in and Terry jumped on him. Great job Terry...... Terry kept it up by finding OL9Z, a contest station in the Czech Republic and HK1NA-Another contest station in Columbia. The stations just kept on coming and Terry started getting head phone ear so he gave me the operators seat. But not before he picked up 9A1A-This is another contest club and is located in Croatia. The band is hottttttt and we are having a ball. 

After I took the helm we picked up SP5OXJ-Jecek in Poland... I switched over to fifteen meters and started picking up calls like it was going out of style. I got 15 more contacts from all over the world before we decided to shut down. All in all we got 27 contacts using 5 watts and a wire antenna. Man this radio stuff is so much fun... I forgot to let you know about our visitor Phenyx.... His dad is a prospective ham and I think we got Phenyx interested in CW. At least we gave him and his dad a good example of the fun you can have with ham radio..... A great day for the Flying Pig gang.... Thanks for reading our story and keep an eye out for more coming in next year.... 72 from 

John-KM6NN and the whole Flying Pig gang...