KØS, Strange Antenna ChallengeTM
UPDATED: 12 May 2012
KØS Special Event -- May 26, 27 and 28, 2012
Here are a couple UTC clocks. One in 12-hour format and the other in 24-Hour format (but you have to look closely at the hash-marks to read the odd-hours). These were obtained from http://www.worldtimeserver.com/clocks/
UTC, 12-Hour Clock
UTC, 24-Hour Clock
The following links discuss the Strange Antenna ChallengeTM
~~ Serving Inquisitive Hams Since 2002 ~~
My thanks to Kurt N. Sterba, of "World Radio Magazine" fame,
for his tough-love articles that provided the impetus to kick-off this Special Event!
We use the KØS 1x1 call as a tribute to The Krusty One!
Current Strange Antenna Challenge Summary:
- KØS Strange Antenna Challenge Special Event -- May 26-28, 2012
- Start Time: Saturday morning, whenever you get up in your local time zone
- End Time: Monday at midnight (local time zones)
- This is a three-day holiday in the USA
- The special event runs over the entire holiday
- Primary Location: Springfield, Missouri
- Satellite K0S Stations may operate from any location
- Sponsoring Club: Ozark Hillbilly Portable Operations Team
- Sponsoring Members: Erik Weaver n0ew and Dwayne Walker wb5plj
- Special Event Title: K0S Strange Antenna Challenge
- Certificate Information: None offered at this time. (I'm working too many hours!)
- 14.250 MHz is where we plan to start calling CQ (+/- 20), provided, of course, our first antenna can load on that band.
- We intend to operate only in the General Class of any band.
- While we attempt to periodically operate on 20-meters, remember we may be operating elsewhere, and we cannot know in advance to which bands our "strange" antennas may be able to tune, nor which bands may be open.
- There will likely be other "satellite" stations operating as well. Each year more and more people have tried their own hand at this fun and somewhat unusual event. Please join us, by either enjoying a QSO with us or flying your own strange antenna!
- This is NOT a contest. We are actually interested in your antenna system, and we will freely discuss ours as well. So if you are listening in, don't get upset and storm away because we aren't working someone and moving on. We'll do the same with you too! Now, if you are mobile toss that in so we know. I've worked all states as a mobile station, so I understand you sometimes have only a brief window to work us. If I hear that designator I'll try to work you before you lose us.
- Satellite stations may operate as early as you wish Saturday morning and through as late as you wish Monday night as long as it is part of the 3-day holiday where you're at, that's good enough for us!
- Remember, this is not a serious event. We are all out here for fun!
- The "rules" for Satellite Stations are:
- Use only strange antennas!
- No wire!
- No pipe!
- Unless it is currently part of something else.
- My favorite example: TENT POLES:
- Do NOT just hang a few choice pieces of aluminum tent poles as a dipole (for those too young to remember this, tent poles used to be metal!). That would be considered cheating.
- DO put the entire tent together and hang it in your tree! That is obviously a strange antenna, and well within the spirit of the rules!
- Some persons do use "spotting" antennas, or "real" antennas for verifying band conditions. This is OK, just don't use these to make or complete "Strange Antenna Challenge Contacts" because if you have to get a "fill" or otherwise complete the contact with something other than your "strange" antenna, it doesn't count for the purpose of this special event.
- Tell us about your "Satellite Station"
- Email to: ErikEWeaver@gmail.com
- We may highlight your operation on this web site
- I'm still working a ton of hours, so I may not.
- Send us digital pictures
- Tell us about your operation
- We supply a log and entry form in several formats to make reporting your satellite special event easier (you may use these or your own format, these are offered as a convenience):
- You are responsible for your own QSL's. Please provide your proper contact information.
Resources and General Information:
Index of All Strange Antenna Events: