Congratulations to N8LA

Congratulations to Lou Axeman, N8LA, who landed top honors for Top Band in the 2013 ARRL 160 Meter Contest. Lou scored 1,200 points to earn First Place, Single Operator, QRP in the Missouri Section.

Lou Axeman N8LA, ARRL 160M Contest - First Place Single Operator, QRP Missouri Section

Lou Axeman N8LA, ARRL 160M Contest – First Place Single Operator, QRP Missouri Section

Hats off, Lou, for a job well done. FB!


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Annual Club Dinner Nov. 18, 2014

Each November, the St. Louis QRP Society meets for an annual dinner. Traditionally this is the time for members to renew their membership. If you’re interested in joining the club, this would be a perfect time to drop in, meet the group, have dinner, and join the club.

Here’s an update courtesy of NF0R:

“Our Annual Dinner Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th starting at 6:00p.m. This is our regular third Wednesday meeting night for the month. For the third year in a row the club has a private room reserved at Syberg’s at the NE corner of I-270 & Dorsett Road. Directions to the Dorsett location and the full range menu are here: Individual checks for food and beverages. Come help SLQS celebrate and start its 28th year! See you there!”

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Field Day 2014

Field Day has come and gone. Our relaxed effort this year was a change from the norm. But, the socializing was fun as always and it was an opportunity to try new antennas. Lou Axeman and I logged about fifty contacts on 40CW with the end-fed identical to the club kit as provided by John Lonigro. This antenna was an excellent performer as a sloper up 31′ firing east-west. I did not call CQ but estimate 80% of stations worked by me came back on the first call. The band was noisy all day, no exceptions. But, after working only strong stations it was tempting to try the weaker ones about the time the grayline came through. I had few problems being heard on the other end and started thinking next morning the high noise level at our site may have been a more localized phenomenon. Perhaps the lighting services for the pavilion were the culprit. However, when the advance committee operated at Emmenegger in April there was no audible RFI. The club broke camp early this year after storm activity was pending so we’ll never know! HI

Thanks one more time to John Lonigro for his yeoman work arranging for the new site, our 15M and 40M antennas and his skillful administration for this event. And, to Larry Naumann and Tom Brown for the 20M and 80M antennas respectively. Never to be forgotten – Chef Keith Arns for yet another super pork steak dinner.

— Dave Gauding, NF0R

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SLQS Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On November 14th, 2012, the members of SLQS celebrated our club’s 25th anniversary. The event was held at Syberg’s Restaurant in Maryland Heights. Thirteen members attended the event.

To help celebrate our anniversary, the club provided a few special gifts for the members. Each received a new ball cap embroidered with “St. Louis QRP Society”, our “peanut whistle” logo, and the legend “25 Years – 1987-2012”. New name badges with the “25 Years” annotation were also presented. Special thanks to John Lonigro and Keith Arns for making these surprises for the club.

Finally, the special QRP operators were provided by the XYL of Chuck K6QKL. These figurines of “Mr. Peanut” are the original “peanut whistles”, recalling our newsletter’s name “The Peanut Whistle” representing low power.

Commemorative Ballcap

Commemorative Ballcap

25th Anniversary Member ID Badge

25th Anniversary Member ID Badge

Mr. Peanut -- the original Peanut Whistle

Mr. Peanut — the original Peanut Whistle

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