Long Range Recon Field Exercise
 
This activity on Friday afternoon, Sept 21 from 1400-1730 EDT is for many the highlight event of the MRCA Meet.  This year we are adding some features to encourage the use of additional frequencies and modes.  We are adding target activity times during the afternoon so that those with a specific interest will know when to look for other operators with the same interest.  Otherwise, times and frequencies throughout the afternoon are completely up to the participants. 
 
Target Activity Times
 
1400-1500  5357 kHz USB
1500-1530  3875/3885 kHz LSB
1530-1600  3875/3885 kHz AM
1600-1630  3570 kHz CW
1630-1700  51 mHz FM
 
In addition several new operating locations in the Beltzville Lake area have been identified so that lower power manpack and field sets users can not only have fun setting up their equipment, but they can actually have strong signals with multiple other stations with modest antenna deployments.  The locations are spread out over seven miles with most within two miles of each other.  A few along the lake shore and across the lake are just thousands of feet apart for use with short range equipment.  Participants should plan to bring HF AM field sets for use on 3875/3885 kHz, SSB radios for HF use on 75 and 60 meters, 51mHz FM sets and anything else that you would like to try out .  Team up with others and erect more than one antenna and do some antenna comparison, directivity, polarization and NVIS experiments.  The Beltzville sites are close enough so operators may choose to move and set up at several locations during the afternoon. 
 
From the long range recon sites, e.g. Big Pocono, Pocono Raceway, Jacobsburg it should be interesting to see what equipment and antenna configurations at Beltzville can be heard approximately 10 miles away. 
The brief information below about locations is for your advance planning. You may want to try a new location this year, or if you are traveling to the MRCA Meet on Friday afternoon you may want to head directly to one of these sites before checking in at the fairgrounds to set up for a specific target activity time.
 
Clicking on a link below will take you to a Google aerial view, and in some cases a ground level view of the site.  Cut and paste the URL info into your browser.   Directions and additional info will be available at the Howell Bldg before deployment.  If you will be traveling directly to one of these sites Friday afternoon and need directions or if you have any questions email kw1i@earthlink.net.
 
 
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