KL1TL, parked on Hagelbarger Lookout, Fairbanks, AK, approx 8pm AKDT. Practiced slow CW with WL7CW on frequency 14.125 Mhz until approx 8:50pm AKDT. I was able to copy about 70% of the characters received.
Callsign KL1TL. I parked for mobile-stationary operation at Hagelbarger lookout, Fairbanks, AK, around 3 or 3:30pm AKDT. Transmitting 100W with a Hustler multi-band antenna mounted on my GMC. Today was some kind of field day event, so there was lots of activity on multiple bands, but I only made one actual contact myself.
Contact: 4:10pm AKDT. 3920 Khz. KL7QZ (John). Transmitting from Summit Lake for Field Day. I suppose he must have meant Mat-Su Region’s Summit Lake State Recreation Site. That would be a few hundred miles away. His signal was coming in very quiet to my station, but I could read him. He mentioned static on his end.
I couldn’t hear much activity on 80 meter, but there was a moderate amount on 40 meter, and a lot of traffic on 20 meter, though much of it weak and difficult to follow. I also remember trying to copy some slow CW signals coming in on 30 meter.
Here is an interesting Eielson Ionosonde report for 4pm AKDT:
KL1TL stationed at Hagelbarger Lookout approx 8pm AKDT. Checked into the Bush Net on 3920 khz via relay. Switched over to 40 meter: Frequencies around 7060 khz were very active with CW. Practiced copying for about 30 minutes.
Eielson Ionosonde about 8:30pm AKDT:
Stationed my GMC at Hagelbarger Lookout, Fairbanks, at about 7:45pm AKDT, tuned to 3920 kHz, with the multiband antenna. Received local communications from WL7CW, KL4QZ, and KL4VN, who indicated good copy. Then was able to listen in to the Alaska Bushnet. It sounded like, as near as I could tell from all the rapid communication and people communicating over each, that I was hearing pretty nearly everybody who was checking in, at various levels of volume and signal clarity. I’m not sure of the furthest locations I was hearing, because it was hard to keep track of who was naming their location and who was naming a relayed location. But I got a strong signal from someone in Talkeetna, and somebody in Clam Gulch, which is on the Kenai Peninsula. And I could hear the net controller (WL7CXJ?) though his station sounded weak.
It seemed that the net controller could not hear me, but somebody relayed me in.
Eielson Ionosonde from 8pm and 8:15pm AKDT:
Hagelbarger Lookout – 2m Propogation Test
Start date and time: 2020-02-12 20:05 AKST
End date and time: 2020-02-12 20:30 AKST
Frequency: 146.52 Mhz, simplex
Hagelbarger Lookout, northern Fairbanks, AK, USA
Stationary Operation from mobile station
GMC Jimmy, 5/8 whip antenna, 75 Watts, ICOM IC-V8000
AL7N, 20W, Colinear Vertical
Airport Way & Market St
AL7Z reads KL1TL with all bars, full quieting
KL7AJ, North Pole residence, 50W
Homebrew Ground Plan
KL7AJ reads KL1TL at nearly full quieting
KL7EDK, Farmers Loop & Steese
10 Watt Quarter Wave
KL7EDK reads KL1TL at full quieting
KL4DA, North Pole, location Plack Rd, Northpole, near the Pipeline
6-10 Watts, Diamond X 50A, 30ft off the ground
KL4DA reports KL1TL perfectly clear
Later switched to Kenwood portable hand-held
Kenwood TH-D74 transmitting at 5 Watts
KL4DA reports KL1TL having slight background static
AD4BL, 14 Mile Chena Hot Springs Rd
Diamond X 50A, transmitting 50 Watts
AD4BL reports KL1TL at full quieting
Forgot to record return signal reports, but from memory all contacts
easy to understand with some very slight background
static. KL4DA’s portable had more crackling.
Ionosonde report for 8pm AKST (Eielson):