Bob Lear Jul 5 at 11:46 AM

Bob Lear Jul 10 at 3:22 PM To Club members: I don't think I reported much on the VHF Superconference back in April that I attended but a recent post reminded me of it and some other info to pass along that you may be interested in.

Here are many nice pictures and write-up about a major rover operation during the June VHF contest.

Terry Price W8ZN has roved before and also was one of the kingpins of the K8GP Grid Pirates contest group who won first place multi-op nationwide in many of the VHF contests from Bald Knob WV over the years. Do a 'Google' search for K8GP and there are many photos and similar reports about contests of that group. Some of the Grid Pirates had passed away, moved, retired or whatever and they have stopped doing their mountain-top portable operation and Terry has gotten back in to roving. Terry is an excellent builder of equipment and also expert at putting together stations both portable and fixed. I had a homebrew UHF amp that he built and also a three band VHF driver amp that he designed and built for a friend who passed it on to me when he no longer needed it. That driver amp was the intermediate culprit that caused the 'Burned and Blackened Preamp' that I showed at one of the meetings. Of course, I was the real culprit, trying to make 1500 watts on 432, which I did with the disastrous consequences!

Terry and his wife Margie and the Grid Pirates were our main hosts for the VHF Superconference in April in the Washington DC area. Of course, none of it would have come off so smoothly without Margies work on the conference. The Superconference was a joint effort of the N.E.W.S group (New England Weak Signal Group), the Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club (The PackRats) and the Southeastern VHF society. It was the first time that SVHFS had held a conference in VA, our last state in the 4 call area to hold a conference. It was an excellent conference with a record number of attendees for any VHF conference with 255 listed as registering. Over the 20 years SVHFS has been in existence our average is just over a hundred. Of course this was a joint effort and combined the annual NEWS group conference and the PackRats 'Mid-Atlantic VHF Society' conference. It was an excellent conference and I got to see many old friends, meet some new ones and even learn a thing or two there. Many fine presentations were given and well attended.

Info about the conference is at

SVHFS info is at

The PackRats also have a nice web page worth visiting and contains a good amount of technical info too at Terry and Margie also own and operate Directive Systems Antennas where they manufacture all kinds of VHF, UHF and microwave antennas, the kind you have seen in use at W4NH for those who have visited. There is also a good amount of antenna technical info on their web page

As usual, mostly VHF related info but you'll have to suffer through it because that's what I do mostly.


73 Bob W4ZST