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SCHOFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB, Aiken, SC, station operated from one of the homes of two of our students and a parent with a call sign. They used a ICOM 7300 at 100 watts and a Carolina Windom 80 at about 40ft. Three students made all the contacts and did all the logging. They did a fantastic job.
Didn't have too much time to operate, but still fun. All CW QSO's were made with my "One Piece Plastic Cootie" key, made from the cover of an old CD box: three cuts and three bends, and some copper foil and that's it. No schools worked. I could hear AA4UT on 20m, but too weak for QSO, then also heard them on 15m and workable, called several times but could not work them. I checked JS8Call, but no stations heard. Better luck next time ... 73 from Belgium! Luc - ON7DQ
Grate contest Thanks to ALL THE SCHOOLS and Every one .ve3bfu jana
We had a great time operating via social distanced remote operations. Huge thanks to Dave K1TTT for allowing us to all remote into his station sinc we cannot access the club shack. We operated Multi operator single transmitter and played with 2BSIQ. See you guys next year! Radios: FT2000 x2 Amps: Acom 2000A x2 Antennas: 20m: 4/4/4/4/4 40m: 4/4 80m: 4sq
On our last day, we were able to get one of my classes outside to our current outdoor portable (and COVID acceptable) setup. Some of my 6th graders on the air and they performed very well!!! In a short period of time (1.5. hours) these 6 students (all male this time) gained 10 contacts and the thrill of being part of our radio club. Several requested Rambler Radio Club membership forms. Matthew asked us to walk to the car line and tell his mother about what he had done today. His mother was waiting to pick him up at school (I taught her by the way). Matthew was ecstatic telling her about the 1 contact that he had made and the other stations that he heard on the air. Ham Radio had put a smile on Matthew's face. The conversation that Matthew had with his mother was the culmination of hard work from many people who need to be acknowledged. +First, thanks to the Walker County Board of Education and Superintendent Damon Raines, and Kelly Long and the administration of LaFayette Middle School for their continued support of Rambler Radio Club and our efforts to continue participating during Fall School Club Roundup during the year that has become 2020. +Thanks for the support from the best faculty and staff on the planet at LaFayette Middle School, who congratulate and encourage our students during this, the most stressful and challenging school year in memory. YOU ROCK EVERY DAY!! +Thanks to our LMS custodial staff: Barrett, Debbie, Willy, Quinton, Carlos, and Aaron, who made our outdoor setup and social distancing possible with their hard work and help. +Thanks to the hams around the world who welcomed our students to the amateur radio community. +Thanks to Alex, W7HU (and Alex, Jr., N4EVJ), for providing Rambler Radio Club a platform this week to reach a greater audience through their Youtube livestream twice this week. +Thanks to the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club for creating the School Club Roundup events. +Thanks to the hams of Northeast Alabama, Southeast Tennessee, and Northwest Georgia for making our kids feel at home on ham radio. +Thanks to the support of the parents and guardians of our RRC members. +Thanks to the membership Tri-States Amateur Radio Club for their continued 14-year support and encouragement of the Rambler Radio Club. +Thanks to Keith Carter, KF4BI, for making a special appearance and bringing smiles to our group (thanks, Dad). +Thanks to KS4RT, Barry Eure, for founding the Rambler Radio Club and (finally) bringing me into the hobby. +Thanks to the best trio of Elmers of any school club: Tony Hughes (W4TDH), Allen Padgett (KN4FKS), and Jack Thompson (N5U0V). This group arrived early and stayed late every day, and loved every minute of it. +Thanks to my rock of a wife, Sharon Carter, who celebrates her birthday next week! I love you, Babe! We are already making plans for Spring School Club Roundup 2021, and when we take the air in February, this huge group listed above will have our backs. And for that, we are forever grateful.
Looks like COVID took a toll on participation this time.
We had a good time despite COVID-19 restrictions. One newly licensed amateur made his first HF contacts and had his first chance to be control operator of the club station. Another undergraduate student who is working on his license spent several hours operating the station and is planning on a good effort for November Sweepstakes. Thanks again, LIMARC, for running this show.
Due to Illinois COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to operate from the school station like we tradtionally do. We were not not allowed to have students operate from the school QTH before and after school. In keeping with the W9GRS tradition of making things work and finding new, unique ways to participate in SCR, we came up with a plan to operate the school station as a remote transmit site. Operators would control the school station from their home qth's and thus technically speaking, transmit from the school site. We actually did this in two different ways. We utilized our internet connections to operate school station remotely utilizing equipment software. We also made a few contacts using Kenwood's SKYCOMMAND system using a Kenwood TH-D7 HT that transmited to a Kenwood TM-D710 that was linked to the Kenwood TS-480. Fortunately, I live only 2 blocks from the school, so it was a "chip-shot" using 2m. What was nice, it proved the feasibility of transmiting from the school station from remote locations. We knew we had the capability, just hadn't tried it before. We only searched/pounced and even though we heard very few schools, we worked all that we heard. We did put the 75th UN SES from Vienna Station in the log for ATNO! Hoping to be able to have some semblance of normal operations in February!