W7DK

The Radio Club of Tacoma, W7DK, trek'd to Owens beach, Point Defiance, Tacoma, WA with equipment to establish 2 HF amateur radio stations.

One CW station on 20 and 40 meters using several radios (one at a time) HW-9, KX-1, FT-817, PFR-3 and a 20/40 meter dipole, one SSB station on 20 meters using an FT-897 and a quarter wave vertical planted in the saltwater.

At 1700 UTC the vertical was poised vertical, but after tidal movements and drift wood damage the vertical was poised as a sloper.$nbsp;  No degradation in performance was observed.

Eight club members participated and many passerbys stopped to observe and inquire.

More photos see the following link:

http://www.w7dk.org/FYBO_2009.htm