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Our Mission:

Do radio stuff.
Have fun doing it.
Tell others how much fun it is.

Do radio stuff. Have fun doing it.
Tell others how much fun it is.


Sunday
Sep142014

AR QSO Party 2014: SUCCESS!

It's pretty fun to be a bonus station in a contest. We were like Santa Claus, handing out a perfectly wrapped package containing 200 bonus points to good boys and girls. There were at least two QSOs that ended with us hearing squeals of joy in our headphones. That made us happy.

40m and 20m were the best bands for us, with a few QSOs on 15m and 80m later in the day/evening. We worked SSB and CW, with two transmitters.

We stayed close to Twitter, posting frequency changes on @WR5P, which resulted in several QSOs from folks who were keeping up with us. High five!

Early in the evening, we received an email from Bob W0GXA letting us know that Laci OM2VL was looking for us in his portion of the 40m band. A quick turn of the dial got Laci a QSO below 7.200. Nice!

Then, a tweet from Mike VE7KPM asking for our frequency, got him in the log five minutes before the end of the party. Whew!

The ARKAN group does a great job coordinating the AR QSO Party, especially Don K5DB. We thank them for choosing us to be a bonus station this year. We ended with 421 QSOs on four bands.

See www.arkqsoparty.com for instructions on submitting your log (and getting those beautiful bonus points).

Gary WBØRUR (left) and Kevin K5KVN (right) were the ops for the Noise Blankers in the 2014 Arkansas (AR) QSO Party:

 

 

Friday
Aug292014

We Have The Bonus Points

Usually a contact with a member of the Noise Blankers Radio Group isn't worth the paper the QSL is printed on. But for one day, one glorious day set aside for the Arkansas QSO Party, you can get 200 bonus points for talking to us. Just work our club station WR5P on September 13, 2014, then submit those beautiful bonus points with your log. You can also get bonus points for working AA5AR, the ARKAN club station.

Just make sure you log the QSO with the correct state (AR) and exchange. FYI - here are some of the proposed but REJECTED Arkansas QSO Party exchanges:

  • Signal report, serial number and the last two digits of the year you bought your first pair of shoes [REJECTED]
  • Signal report, serial number and the number of cousins you slept with [REJECTED]
  • Signal report, serial number and the number of teeth you have left [REJECTED]
  • Signal report, serial number and the number of shoeless people at Aunt Gert's funeral down by the crick [REJECTED] 

To recap:

DON'T:

  • Log our state as AK. This ain't the Alaska QSO Party.

DO:

  • Work WR5P in the Arkansas (AR) QSO Party
  • Collect 200 beautiful bonus points
  • Visit www.arkqsoparty.com for complete rules.

 

Tuesday
Jul012014

Field Day 2014: Success!

The Noise Blankers put on another successful multimedia field day. This included the live webcam and a ton of updates to social media.

Like last year, we operated on generator power as category 2E.

The traditional Australian Crawl took place at midnight, which featured a round of Foster's. Also making a return this year was "topless hour" on the webcam. Kevin K5KVN was nice enough to give us the elected official bonus and Nathan K5KAC gave us the served agency bonus.

The WR5P Field Day, by the numbers:

 

Thursday
Jun052014

Field Day Plans 2014

The Noise Blankers Radio Group will be at the WR5P club station using emergency power. And once again, we will present a high-energy, multimedia view of what it's like to work field day.

This will include a live webcam (with audio directly from the radio), real-time updates posted to Twitter and photos uploaded to the photo galleries here.

Tune in to the webcam for features such as Topless Hour, Oilcans at Midnight, WAS dance party, and Nodding Off At Nine O'Clock.

We will look for media opportunites, too, including local news outlets, the QSO Radio Show, etc.

It's fun for us ham ops to watch, plus it gives the "public" a view into to what ham radio contesting is all about. Follow along on field day here.

Here's a look back at what we did last year: 2013 Field Day

 

Look for WR5P on the air for field day 2014! Let us know what you are doing for field day in the comments below!

p.s. We need some band pass filters. 10m - 160m, please.