Veterans Day 2015
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Veterans Day 2015

Greetings from the Flying Pigs of North Central Tennessee. This is a big moment in Flying Pig history and it occurred on one of our favorite outings "Veterans Day". It all started just like most of our outings with the gang sitting around and one of us remembers that Veterans Day is coming soon and we need to go out and make some contacts.... This year we have some new operators in the pig pen and they brought out a few radios to give them a work out. Now the Flying Pigs are all about fun so anytime we go out we always enjoy our fellowship and ham radio lies.... I mean stories...

The group included KF4WK-Lewis, NV4T-Doc, N5HOT-Terry, N3BQ-Jack, KG4MSR-Mike, KT4FQ-Jim, KG4CSQ-Ralph and myself KM6NN-John. We all get together after getting on the air on 40 meters (7097) at 0755 local time and go to Mc Donald's here in Clarksville Tennessee.   This year Mike our new Flying Pig brought out a Yaesu FT-817 to get familiar with for portable operation. The VFW Post  4895 let us move under the attached awning because of possible bad weather. The rain has been interfering with our portable operation for several weeks and it was forecast that on Veterans Day it would try to keep us from getting on the air. We have been out on days that have been cold (28 degrees) but rain seems to keep us from going out.... Radios just don't like the wet but work just fine in the cold...

We decided for a change that we would go to our local I-Hop on Madison St. and have a Veterans breakfast of red, white and blue pancakes. After the small wait we had our fill of good food and coffee. We all  drove just down the street to our local veterans hang out VFW Post 4895.

On this outing we decided to give a new Magic Antenna a try. Terry and I began by setting the antenna up. Terry's wrist rocket slingshot with a spin cast fishing reel attached made short time to putting the antenna into some high trees next to the seating area where we set up our radios. While we set up the antenna the guys unloaded the radios and assorted equipment. In a flash we had the K3 on the air and all tuned up.  Doc began searching the forty meter band with no luck. Not a lot of stations were burning the airways this morning.  We went up and down all the bands and settled on Twelve meters.  I began searching and came across VP2ECC-Andreas Glaeser Island Harbor,  Anguilla was in the log. Nice signal from Anguilla. Just up the band XE1XR-David Vega from Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico was in the log. I searched up and down and could not hear any other stations on the air so we made a quick check of the CW portions of the bands and had no luck. We decided to call it a day and started cleaning up the area when Mike broke out his Yaesu FT 817 and decided to check out the Mystery Antenna on the phone bands. A quick check on Twenty meters came up with a strong signal calling W5KID. All the guys perked up as Mike sent out our call.... We have contacted W5KID before on CW but never on SSB. W5KID- the USS KIDD amateur radio club puts out a great signal and  is a great contact by CW or SSB and he was in our log. This was a first for our CW club and we were all elated to get the KIDD as our last contact of the day. What a great time was had by all and we are all looking forward to our next outing.....

 Thanks for giving us some of your time and we all hope to catch you on the air...

72 from the whole Flying Pig gang.... oink oink