The Reston Century 2004 Ride Across Loudoun
Hillsboro Rest Stop
don't reach Hillsboro Elementary School until mid morning but our whole
crew was on site by 0630 hours. Tina - K8TMJ and Don - K8DSJ Jones
of Harpers Ferry, WV were first at 0600 hours, followed by Tom Martin
- KF4TNX of Berryville, Clarke County and Ed Krom - WD4KHP
of Berryville. We all listened on 147.480 MHz as the rest of the network
came up on frequency. First up was the 40-meter dipole and then the
telescoping tower for the 5-element 2/440 yagi and a 2-meter 1/4-5/8
phased vertical. We checked into the HF and VHF nets at 0730 hours.
The stations were powered by 12-volt dc deep-cycle batteries. Signals
were good on VHF and we arranged through Ray Houff - K4AJA operating
from his home in Purcellville to contact Bill Buchholz - K8SYH of
Hurt, VA and have Bill come up on 40-meters to run the net. He did
a great job and had great signals from all HF sites in Loudoun. The
Red Cross and the Purcellville Scout Troop rolled in around 0830 hours
and set up their support facilities.
The Hillsboro HF - VHF - UHF Station
Operating As AI2C
Ed Krom - WD4KHP of Berryville tested the HF Rig from the Clarke County Red Cross Facility. Once we got through all menu, it worked great with 100-watts. Ed is the Clarke County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator.
The Clarke County Red Cross HF Rig
Fully digital and auto tuned
Tom Martin - KF4TNX is a professional dispatcher with the Clarke County Sheriff Office and is the Clarke County ARES Emergency Coordinator.
The VHF- UHF Station including a Kenwood TM-7V Dual Band Mobile Unit, Low and High Band units on the SAR and Clarke County emergency services' frequencies, and a Kenwood DM-7E and Garmin GPS-V unit tracking APRS stations on 144.390 MHz.
The Red Cross and Purcellville Boy Scout Troop Shelter was well stocked and was good training.