W6TRW Club Meeting February 13th, 2024

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“Portable Operation – Preparation and Equipment Selection”

Bill Shanney, W6QR

W6TRW welcomes one of its own, longtime members, Bill Shanney, W6QR. A ham operator since 1960, Bill has written many technical articles and talks for W6TRW and stays current with ham radio items of interest for beginners to the most advanced operators.

“My first call was WV2RDG in NJ. I became WA2RDG when I got my general in 1961. I operate 99.5% CW on 160-6M. After a long period of inactivity (career and family) I upgraded to extra class in 1988 and became very active. That is also the year that I joined the TRW ARC. I have a BSEE from NJ Institute of Technology and worked for 45 years in RF and microwave design. I retired from NG/TRW in 2007 after 31 years with the company.”

Portable operating is becoming more popular. With the rapid rise of Sunspot Cycle 25, band conditions are more favorable to low power operation. In this presentation, Bill will talk about making the best use of your time and getting the most performance from your equipment. A portable operator needs to know a little about propagation and understand the performance of their antenna. He will talk about Propagation: When Should I Go Out, Vertical Antenna Performance, Horizontal Antenna Placement, and QRP Field Day.

When: Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30 PM

Where: Northrop Grumman S-Cafe and Virtual Meeting on Zoom


Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833