First Annual Antenna Party on the Air

Tripp Brown, AC8S, e-mail me yesterday:

I’m sponsoring the first anual Antenna Party on the Air the third weekend in in September! We’ll have hundreds, if not thousands, of stations on the air that weekend! So many antennas will be used by so many stations!

Whether you want to make just a few contacts, or, if you want to make a lot of contacts, don’t sit this one out! Get on the air and have fun talking about your antenna and learning about other’s antennas.

Here are more details:

Starts: 2300Z, September 21

Ends: 0400Z, September 23

Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters

Modes: AM, CW, FM, SSB

To get as many hams on the air as possible that weekend and to help hams learn about different types of antennas. The idea is for the participants to demonstrate their antennas and describe them to other hams, so that if they hear one they like, they will be able to put up one just like it.

Signal report, US state, Canadian province, or dx country, antenna being used, where it’s located, for example, on a balcony, in an attic, how high up it is, and, how much power you’re running. An example exchange might be:

you’re 59 Alaska, running a long wire, in a backyard, up 10 feet, running 200 watts.

Other Rules:

  • Stations should only be worked once per band, once per mode.
  • Only single station, single ops. This will get as many stations on as possible.
  • Power:  200 watts or less.
  • Must run only from a fixed location, such as, your place of residence.
  • Logging: no logs need to be submitted. Just take down any info about the other stations antenna that you need to know, such as what is given by the station. The station can give as much info on the antenna as needed, such as, how to build it, or, tell the station you’re working, that they can find directions on how to build and put up the antenna at a certain web site, or, to send you an email with a request on info about the antenna.


  1. Dave, N8SBE says:

    No logs: Ah, what’s the fun of not having a ‘worked all antennas’ award/plaque?

    Or maybe an award for miles per barbed-wire/electric fence wire foot used?

  2. Dan KB6NU says:

    Yeah. I suggested that he come up with some certificates to award. Another idea that I had was a certificate for the ham that used the most antennas.

  3. Elwood Downey, WB0OEW says:

    Might be interesting to have a way to compare effectiveness, such as contacts/watt/largest_dimension_in_fractions_of_wavelength

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