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80m NVIS Excerise

We tried something different this weekend and took advantage of traveling to another county. This was something we as a club wanted to try for a while.  Could we communicate effectively between Skerries and Rathangan, Co Kildare on 80m utilising NVIS? The weekends spent building and fine tuning our portable 80m linked dipoles was about to be put to the test Tom  travelled Rathangan, Co Kildare and met up with John EI1762. They setup a portable station using a FT857D a custom built 15Ah LifePO4 battery pack, and 80m homebrew linked dipole at the local Men Shed in time to call in to the 80m IRTS News.  Meanwhile  Frank  was operating portable from Badlungon and both  Ben  and  Dom  where operating from their home locations in Skerries. After the news all stations moved to a free frequency and got a net going. Signal reports of 59 were exchanged between  Tom  and John in Rathangan with  Frank  in Badlungon.  Ben , operating from home also gave a 59 report to the guys in Rathangan.  Dom  w