1996 – A CW Flashback

Rewind back.  The year is 1996.  I was a sophmore in high school.  The radio was a Yaesu FT-101ee.  It put out a 100w and in retrospect I really loved the radio.  My mother had given me $200 the year before to be able to purchase it  (although in a kick myself moment, I threw it in a dorm room dumpster after my senior year in college after buying a Yaesu FT1000).

My antenna was a homemade vertical that worked on 3 bands (40-20-15).  I’ll need to look it up again someday in the ARRL handbook,  it was base fed with 75 ohm cable that I had bought at Radio Shack (it was all I could afford) with a modest radial network underneath it. Picture a backyard about 30 feet wide and 60 feet long with one tree.

Anyways,  I’d come home from school and fire up the FT-101ee.  I only had a general license then so I lurked around 7025-7035.  I can now admit I would chase DX below 7025 but never CQ there.

I’d start CQing.  And usually right away, I’d get callers and many were in Eastern Europe.  My favorites were the OKs, YOs, LZ, that wild signals chirping, sparking and drifting their way out of the Eastern Bloc.

I miss those home-brew signals now, I rarely hear them now.

 

Audio Mixing for a Ham Station

I made a nice enhancement to the station.  I had an old Dunestar audio mixer in my drawer.  It’s a neat little device that takes audio from two radios and then gives you the ability to mix the audio to your liking.  One or the other radio only, both radios and any mix of audio therein.  It’s a holdover from when I was building an SO2R operation.  But right now my plans aren’t for this kind of contest operating.

But – I’ve got another use for it.  I like to listen in on various nets and pileups and watch TV at the same time.  Voila – this mixer is perfect!  Another great application from my RTTY contesting days, is to tune RTTY and watch movies at the same time.

Very useful addition to this station.

dunestar

Ham Radio Club Meetings on Zoom?

I went to the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC)meeting on Zoom.

The meetings are normally in person, in a centrally located spot.  The clubs membership comes from all over England, parts of New York and Quebec.  In the past, getting to a club meeting requires 4 hours of driving.  I think in 15 years, I made it to 5 meetings.

But owing to COVID-19 we did on Zoom.  It was well run by W1UE, the club president. I think the attendees enjoyed it very much.  I think these video conference meetings are an absolutely wonderful medium for large regional clubs.  I hope they continue in the future. It’s great to see everyone and meet without giving up the whole day.

 

 

FT8 – Log

Really enjoying FT8.  Cranking out the contacts.  I think about 25 DXCC so far.  I’ll add them up soon

 

2020-04-06,00:02:30,2020-04-06,00:06:03,KE0PX,DM67,10.137319,FT8,-14,-18,,,
2020-04-06,00:11:15,2020-04-06,00:12:40,K9ATX,EN53,10.137319,FT8,+05,-09,,,
2020-04-06,00:17:00,2020-04-06,00:21:35,AE5YP,EM12,10.137319,FT8,-14,-15,,,
2020-04-06,00:24:15,2020-04-06,00:29:13,N5VX,FM14,10.137319,FT8,+03,+02,,,
2020-04-06,00:30:15,2020-04-06,00:32:39,KE0BIB,DM59,10.137319,FT8,-12,+02,,,
2020-04-06,00:40:00,2020-04-06,00:42:34,KG5HTH,EM02,10.137319,FT8,-08,+02,,,
2020-04-06,00:53:30,2020-04-06,01:00:29,VE3XET,EN58,10.137319,FT8,-12,-20,,,
2020-04-06,01:03:30,2020-04-06,01:10:44,K3YGC,FM03,10.137319,FT8,-23,-20,,,
2020-04-06,01:19:15,2020-04-06,01:20:32,K6VV,CM98,10.137319,FT8,-13,-06,,,
2020-04-06,01:22:45,2020-04-06,01:25:27,KE0IOU,EM17,10.137319,FT8,-15,-06,,,
2020-04-06,01:39:00,2020-04-06,01:42:29,AI4FR,EL88,10.137119,FT8,-09,-03,,,
2020-04-06,01:44:45,2020-04-06,01:47:21,N7FN,DM33,10.137119,FT8,-05,-03,,,
2020-04-06,01:59:45,2020-04-06,02:05:57,N5FPJ,EM10,10.137119,FT8,-13,-17,,,
2020-04-06,02:21:45,2020-04-06,02:23:02,N0KEN,EN26,10.137119,FT8,+09,-04,,,
2020-04-06,02:26:00,2020-04-06,02:28:02,AD0DQ,EM72,10.137119,FT8,-05,-04,,,
2020-04-06,03:08:45,2020-04-06,03:10:52,N4UXP,EM73,7.075119,FT8,+03,-22,,,
2020-04-06,03:11:00,2020-04-06,03:12:52,K2AMF,DN17,7.075119,FT8,-14,-22,,,
2020-04-06,03:25:30,2020-04-06,03:27:34,AG4QD,EM73,7.075119,FT8,-03,-13,,,

2020-04-06,12:00:28,2020-04-06,12:00:28,WZ5A,EM40,14.074619,FT8,-09,-03,,,
2020-04-06,12:18:45,2020-04-06,12:21:32,W5CJ,EM55,14.074619,FT8,-16,-06,,,
2020-04-06,12:21:38,2020-04-06,12:28:12,AE4IN,EM62,14.074619,FT8,-19,-03,,,
2020-04-06,12:38:20,2020-04-06,12:38:20,KD4GFY,EL99,14.074619,FT8,-15,-12,,,
2020-04-06,15:31:15,2020-04-06,15:36:04,KE0QKF,EN41,14.074600,FT8,+06,-21,,,
2020-04-06,16:42:45,2020-04-06,16:46:41,KB1PQB,FN42,14.074600,FT8,+04,-13,,,
2020-04-06,16:55:13,2020-04-06,16:55:13,K4CY,,14.074600,FT8,-19,-22,,,
2020-04-06,17:36:15,2020-04-06,17:41:03,HA7XL,JN97,14.075500,FT8,-01,-15,,,
2020-04-06,17:47:00,2020-04-06,17:48:47,KE0N,EN34,14.075500,FT8,-19,-15,,,
2020-04-06,17:52:45,2020-04-06,17:54:33,KX4AV,EM88,10.137500,FT8,-03,+02,,,
2020-04-06,17:56:15,2020-04-06,18:13:05,KE4MVW,EM86,10.137500,FT8,-14,-09,,,
2020-04-06,18:15:15,2020-04-06,18:27:42,N9TNT,EN71,10.137500,FT8,-14,-10,,,
2020-04-06,18:32:15,2020-04-06,18:34:13,KE8YP,EM99,10.137500,FT8,+03,-19,,,
2020-04-06,18:36:45,2020-04-06,18:41:21,K4CHT,EM86,10.137500,FT8,-05,-16,,,
2020-04-06,18:47:30,2020-04-06,18:49:30,KN8DMK,EM89,10.137500,FT8,-07,-11,,,
2020-04-06,18:57:45,2020-04-06,19:01:23,N8LSU,EN90,10.137500,FT8,-02,-11,,,
2020-04-06,19:49:00,2020-04-06,20:00:41,EA1AXX,IN73,10.137500,FT8,-19,-03,,,
2020-04-06,20:08:30,2020-04-06,20:48:12,SP3XR,JO72,10.137500,FT8,-09,-21,,,
2020-04-06,20:55:00,2020-04-06,20:57:46,N3JD,EN91,10.137500,FT8,-16,-18,,,
2020-04-06,21:00:15,2020-04-06,21:20:42,K8JRG,EM89,10.137500,FT8,-13,-18,,,
2020-04-06,21:22:15,2020-04-06,21:26:47,F5FDC,JN04,10.137500,FT8,-14,-17,,,
2020-04-06,21:34:15,2020-04-06,21:38:15,AC2SB,FN03,10.137500,FT8,+00,-15,,,
2020-04-06,21:38:45,2020-04-06,21:42:18,CT1EQQ,IN51,10.137500,FT8,-08,-08,,,
2020-04-06,21:46:00,2020-04-06,21:50:33,DK7ZT,JO40,10.137500,FT8,-01,-14,,,
2020-04-06,21:54:15,2020-04-06,22:01:49,IU4MTO,JN64,10.137500,FT8,-16,-10,,,
2020-04-06,22:04:00,2020-04-06,22:06:40,SP5ENA,,10.137500,FT8,-17,-15,,,
2020-04-06,22:12:15,2020-04-06,22:15:00,AI4QT/P,EM74,10.137500,FT8,-15,-15,,,
2020-04-06,22:21:45,2020-04-06,22:28:47,DL9ZAL,JO41,10.137500,FT8,-15,-11,,,
2020-04-06,22:31:45,2020-04-06,22:39:48,AC4AT,EM64,10.137500,FT8,-11,-13,,,
2020-04-06,22:46:15,2020-04-06,22:55:35,KG5HTH,EM02,10.137500,FT8,-20,-14,,,
2020-04-06,22:58:45,2020-04-06,23:03:09,N9SW,EN51,10.137500,FT8,+03,-14,,,
2020-04-06,23:10:15,2020-04-06,23:14:34,KM4COD,FM14,10.137500,FT8,-07,-07,,,
2020-04-06,23:18:45,2020-04-06,23:21:53,K8DID,EN63,10.137500,FT8,-06,-07,,,
2020-04-06,23:29:30,2020-04-06,23:34:28,DF7JC,JO31,10.137500,FT8,-17,-17,,,
2020-04-06,23:47:07,2020-04-06,23:47:07,KD8VSQ,EN82,10.137500,FT8,-05,-04,,,
2020-04-06,23:48:15,2020-04-07,03:08:41,KN4MKB,EM77,7.075500,FT8,-11,-19,,,
2020-04-07,03:11:00,2020-04-07,03:15:26,S52D,,7.075500,FT8,-07,-20,,,
2020-04-07,03:20:45,2020-04-07,03:23:38,NR9Q,EN40,7.075500,FT8,+01,-05,,,
2020-04-07,03:28:45,2020-04-07,03:32:56,KB2ELA,EL96,7.075500,FT8,-20,-15,,,
2020-04-07,03:33:45,2020-04-07,03:35:15,N4UXP,EM73,7.075500,FT8,-12,-10,,,
2020-04-07,03:38:15,2020-04-07,03:40:38,AI4FR,EL88,7.075500,FT8,-05,-10,,,
2020-04-07,03:54:00,2020-04-07,03:56:39,WB9TRJ,EN61,7.075500,FT8,+03,-04,,,
2020-04-07,04:21:30,2020-04-07,04:24:36,K6PWN,DM26,7.075500,FT8,-11,-04,,,
2020-04-07,04:25:15,2020-04-07,04:28:08,K6BRN,DM03,7.075500,FT8,-02,-19,,,
2020-04-07,04:29:15,2020-04-07,04:31:21,KC0LR,EM28,7.075500,FT8,-17,-08,,,
2020-04-07,10:37:30,2020-04-07,10:39:29,K8AJX,EM62,7.075500,FT8,-11,-16,,,
2020-04-07,10:43:45,2020-04-07,10:52:26,W4IEE,EL87,7.075500,FT8,-03,-14,,,
2020-04-07,10:58:15,2020-04-07,11:29:42,KE4HTS,FM07,7.075500,FT8,-02,+08,,,
2020-04-07,11:37:15,2020-04-07,11:47:46,K3EJJ,FM19,7.075500,FT8,+01,+01,,,
2020-04-07,11:49:45,2020-04-07,11:52:31,K8AEF,EN82,7.075500,FT8,+02,-13,,,
2020-04-07,11:55:15,2020-04-07,12:48:52,WB8JUI,EN81,7.075500,FT8,+02,+02,,,
2020-04-07,14:52:45,2020-04-07,15:05:44,ON4EB,JO11,14.074950,FT8,-06,-18,,,
2020-04-07,15:09:00,2020-04-07,15:13:44,K9OQ,EM74,14.074950,FT8,-14,-18,,,
2020-04-07,15:25:45,2020-04-07,15:55:11,AC0XB,EN36,14.074950,FT8,-04,-13,,,
2020-04-07,16:41:15,2020-04-07,16:43:56,OK2PCL,JN89,14.074950,FT8,-10,-14,,,
2020-04-07,18:29:00,2020-04-07,18:32:49,W8RTJ,EN81,10.137100,FT8,-13,-14,,,
2020-04-07,18:33:15,2020-04-07,18:34:38,KB8ZUN,EN81,10.137100,FT8,+06,-11,,,
2020-04-07,18:50:15,2020-04-07,18:52:02,N8LU,EN72,10.137100,FT8,+05,+02,,,
2020-04-07,19:01:15,2020-04-07,19:04:40,K8BHX,EN81,10.137100,FT8,-03,-19,,,
2020-04-07,19:05:30,2020-04-07,19:08:56,WW8O,,10.137100,FT8,+08,-16,,,
2020-04-07,19:13:00,2020-04-07,19:18:20,K0TC,EN35,10.137100,FT8,-01,-16,,,
2020-04-07,19:23:00,2020-04-07,19:26:14,W4DLH,FM05,10.136700,FT8,-09,-16,,,
2020-04-07,19:47:00,2020-04-07,19:51:48,KE8IOL,EN82,10.137200,FT8,-05,-12,,,
2020-04-07,20:23:15,2020-04-07,20:31:37,W4LDE,EM73,10.137200,FT8,+01,-11,,,
2020-04-07,20:44:15,2020-04-07,21:08:28,IZ0UIJ,JN62,10.137200,FT8,-12,-16,,,
2020-04-07,21:49:45,2020-04-07,21:51:35,WA8LLY,EM98,7.075442,FT8,-17,-02,,,
2020-04-07,22:02:30,2020-04-07,22:04:19,G6OPV,IO83,7.075442,FT8,-14,-11,,,
2020-04-07,22:11:00,2020-04-07,22:18:44,PA3AIM,,7.075442,FT8,-06,-15,,,
2020-04-07,22:26:30,2020-04-07,22:29:36,F4GTB,JN18,7.075442,FT8,-09,-15,,,
2020-04-07,22:32:45,2020-04-07,22:36:20,KC9YTT,EN40,7.075442,FT8,-10,-08,,,
2020-04-07,22:52:15,2020-04-07,22:54:04,DK7UY,JO44,7.075442,FT8,-07,-14,,,
2020-04-07,22:55:45,2020-04-07,22:58:02,W8PAB,EN90,7.075442,FT8,-04,-13,,,
2020-04-07,23:06:30,2020-04-07,23:08:21,IW2MYH,JN45,7.075442,FT8,-15,-21,,,
2020-04-07,23:11:00,2020-04-07,23:12:53,VA3TWT,EN92,7.075442,FT8,-12,+00,,,
2020-04-07,23:31:15,2020-04-07,23:35:49,EA4GYR,IN80,7.075442,FT8,-11,-11,,,
2020-04-07,23:41:30,2020-04-07,23:42:43,WB3AZL,EN90,7.075442,FT8,-03,-09,,,
2020-04-07,23:43:15,2020-04-07,23:44:36,W8MSC,EN82,7.075442,FT8,-04,+01,,,
2020-04-07,23:45:00,2020-04-07,23:48:37,WB3JUV,FM29,7.075442,FT8,-21,-16,,,
2020-04-07,23:58:30,2020-04-07,23:59:36,K3BLN,FN20,7.075442,FT8,-12,-08,,,
2020-04-08,00:11:30,2020-04-08,00:15:09,VA3TWT,EN92,7.075442,FT8,-12,+02,,,
2020-04-08,00:23:00,2020-04-08,00:26:37,WA6GXQ,FM06,7.075442,FT8,-08,+07,,,
2020-04-08,01:09:15,2020-04-08,01:11:22,N8NEU,FN00,7.075442,FT8,-05,-10,,,
2020-04-08,01:34:15,2020-04-08,01:39:11,KA9BOD,EN52,7.075142,FT8,-14,-13,,,
2020-04-08,02:50:30,2020-04-08,03:11:01,KI9DX,EN52,7.075200,FT8,-23,-18,,,
2020-04-08,04:27:45,2020-04-08,04:30:38,W0MDK,DM79,7.075300,FT8,+00,-08,,,
2020-04-08,09:56:30,2020-04-08,10:01:14,K5PA,,7.075300,FT8,-02,-18,,,
2020-04-08,10:10:15,2020-04-08,10:12:21,KB4XT,EM71,7.075300,FT8,+02,+01,,,
2020-04-08,12:55:45,2020-04-08,12:58:30,WB2UBW,EM66,10.136600,FT8,-12,-16,,,
2020-04-08,12:59:45,2020-04-08,13:02:30,W4PPC,EM64,10.136600,FT8,+00,-15,,,
2020-04-08,13:11:15,2020-04-08,13:14:08,W4UWC,EM77,10.136600,FT8,-07,-15,,,
2020-04-08,13:18:00,2020-04-08,13:20:35,K8OM,,10.136600,FT8,-04,-10,,,
2020-04-08,13:36:15,2020-04-08,13:41:02,AE0DC,EM49,10.136600,FT8,+08,+10,,,
2020-04-08,13:45:45,2020-04-08,14:00:50,KE0BIB,DM59,10.136600,FT8,-13,-15,,,
2020-04-08,14:01:15,2020-04-08,14:07:56,KN4MKX,EM97,10.136600,FT8,-17,-01,,,
2020-04-08,14:13:15,2020-04-08,14:18:03,W4LK,EM93,10.136600,FT8,-20,-01,,,
2020-04-08,14:30:45,2020-04-08,15:23:15,K5TLJ,EM45,14.074600,FT8,-23,-26,,,
2020-04-08,19:50:00,2020-04-08,19:53:01,W4CZJ,EM96,10.137200,FT8,-09,-15,,,
2020-04-08,20:23:00,2020-04-08,20:29:38,OE1MBB,JN88,10.137200,FT8,-02,-10,,,
2020-04-08,20:36:45,2020-04-08,20:42:01,W8EH,EM79,10.137110,FT8,+02,-07,,,
2020-04-08,20:44:45,2020-04-08,20:46:39,K9FE,EN51,10.137110,FT8,-02,-11,,,
2020-04-08,21:17:30,2020-04-08,21:19:08,OK5CW,JN89,10.137110,FT8,+05,-22,,,
2020-04-08,21:20:45,2020-04-08,21:22:03,R6DJN,KN93,10.137110,FT8,-08,-19,,,
2020-04-08,21:30:15,2020-04-08,21:32:03,OE1MBB,JN88,10.137110,FT8,+05,-14,,,
2020-04-08,21:33:00,2020-04-08,21:36:27,I4HRH,JN64,10.137110,FT8,-01,-19,,,
2020-04-08,21:40:45,2020-04-08,21:46:38,IW0EWI,JN61,10.137110,FT8,-10,-21,,,
2020-04-08,22:00:45,2020-04-08,22:03:02,IZ8VYU,JN71,10.137110,FT8,-06,-23,,,
2020-04-08,22:06:30,2020-04-08,22:09:39,W9OO,EN61,10.137110,FT8,-01,-08,,,
2020-04-08,22:43:45,2020-04-08,22:45:33,AE4WG,EL99,10.137110,FT8,-03,-16,,,
2020-04-08,22:51:15,2020-04-08,22:58:16,K0PFV,EN11,10.137110,FT8,-06,-08,,,
2020-04-08,23:18:30,2020-04-08,23:50:26,NC8TM,FM14,10.137110,FT8,+03,-14,,,
2020-04-08,23:52:45,2020-04-08,23:56:00,W8SKB,EN84,10.137110,FT8,+04,-14,,,
2020-04-08,23:58:45,2020-04-09,00:00:47,WD8CW,EM88,10.137110,FT8,-01,-11,,,
2020-04-09,00:04:45,2020-04-09,00:08:34,WB9VRQ,EN51,7.075110,FT8,+06,-20,,,
2020-04-09,00:12:45,2020-04-09,00:15:19,KV4DX,EM67,7.075110,FT8,-01,-16,,,
2020-04-09,00:36:45,2020-04-09,00:40:18,KD2ITZ,FN31,3.574010,FT8,+06,-20,,,
2020-04-09,00:58:45,2020-04-09,01:01:07,K8OM,,3.574010,FT8,-01,-17,,,
2020-04-09,01:02:15,2020-04-09,01:03:48,AB2TB,FN30,3.574010,FT8,-05,-07,,,
2020-04-09,01:10:45,2020-04-09,01:14:51,VE3MCM,FN03,3.574010,FT8,-12,-18,,,
2020-04-09,01:23:00,2020-04-09,01:25:03,VA3FF,FN03,3.574410,FT8,-01,-19,,,
2020-04-09,01:37:15,2020-04-09,01:42:20,K9RJO,EN52,3.574341,FT8,-14,-21,,,
2020-04-09,01:42:45,2020-04-09,01:43:48,VA2PM,FN46,3.573789,FT8,-06,-06,,,
2020-04-09,01:44:15,2020-04-09,01:45:18,J68HZ,FK93,3.574340,FT8,-01,-15,,,
2020-04-09,01:47:45,2020-04-09,01:49:18,CO3JT,EL82,3.574053,FT8,-15,-16,,,
2020-04-09,01:52:00,2020-04-09,01:54:09,EA8ARI,IL18,3.574413,FT8,-18,-17,,,
2020-04-09,02:18:30,2020-04-09,02:19:42,KD8AJK,EN81,3.574282,FT8,-11,-17,,,
2020-04-09,02:41:15,2020-04-09,02:43:09,CO7MS,FL01,3.574771,FT8,-19,-16,,,
2020-04-09,13:43:15,2020-04-09,13:45:25,K5AEA,EM10,14.074694,FT8,-10,-04,,,
2020-04-09,14:12:00,2020-04-09,14:16:36,SM7PEV,JO76,14.075730,FT8,-13,-09,,,
2020-04-09,14:18:45,2020-04-09,14:20:29,W9NVA,EN53,14.075730,FT8,+06,-10,,,
2020-04-09,14:33:00,2020-04-09,14:34:05,EI0NMMI,,14.075730,FT8,-09,-09,,,
2020-04-09,15:09:30,2020-04-09,15:11:35,WB0MH,DN70,14.075730,FT8,-06,-12,,,
2020-04-09,15:21:38,2020-04-09,15:21:38,HB9CUZ,JN47,14.075730,FT8,-06,-18,,,
2020-04-09,20:02:30,2020-04-09,20:03:44,W4AW,EM56,10.137500,FT8,-07,-08,,,
2020-04-09,20:06:00,2020-04-09,20:07:49,K2HT,EM49,10.137500,FT8,-02,-13,,,
2020-04-09,20:08:00,2020-04-09,20:10:18,NC8Q,EM79,10.137500,FT8,-08,-09,,,
2020-04-09,20:13:00,2020-04-09,20:15:47,K0TC,EN35,10.137500,FT8,-04,-12,,,
2020-04-09,20:16:15,2020-04-09,20:17:14,UX7VA,,10.137500,FT8,-08,-15,,,
2020-04-09,20:18:15,2020-04-09,20:21:53,F4FCE,JN17,10.137500,FT8,-10,-17,,,
2020-04-09,20:22:30,2020-04-09,20:27:32,SQ6POH,JO81,10.137500,FT8,-05,-15,,,
2020-04-09,20:27:45,2020-04-09,20:31:32,RD4AN,LN19,10.137500,FT8,-13,-24,,,
2020-04-09,20:36:30,2020-04-09,20:40:02,OK2LC,JN88,10.137500,FT8,-02,-24,,,
2020-04-09,20:41:45,2020-04-09,20:45:44,KE8LVV,EM88,10.137500,FT8,-15,-14,,,
2020-04-09,20:46:15,2020-04-09,20:47:32,IT9VCE,,10.137500,FT8,-03,-19,,,
2020-04-09,20:47:45,2020-04-09,20:52:17,SQ9ANS,JO90,10.137500,FT8,-14,-11,,,
2020-04-09,20:54:15,2020-04-09,20:56:02,IT9FAL,JM67,10.137500,FT8,-04,-06,,,
2020-04-09,20:56:15,2020-04-09,20:57:58,IK1THA,JN45,10.137500,FT8,-18,-06,,,
2020-04-09,20:59:00,2020-04-09,21:00:02,EC1A,IN73,10.137500,FT8,-08,-12,,,
2020-04-09,21:02:00,2020-04-09,21:06:19,F4UJU,JN06,10.137500,FT8,-13,-15,,,
2020-04-09,21:08:45,2020-04-09,21:12:01,HB9SXD,JN37,10.137500,FT8,-07,-13,,,
2020-04-09,21:13:30,2020-04-09,21:18:21,K5IBK,EM12,10.137500,FT8,-10,-14,,,
2020-04-09,21:19:45,2020-04-09,21:21:43,VE3LMN,EN58,10.137500,FT8,+02,-15,,,
2020-04-09,21:23:00,2020-04-09,21:25:45,IK5BCM,JN53,10.137500,FT8,-13,-11,,,
2020-04-09,23:24:30,2020-04-09,23:29:08,EA5WI,IM99,10.137500,FT8,-01,-14,,,
2020-04-09,23:31:00,2020-04-09,23:33:15,PT7DX,HI06,10.137500,FT8,-11,-10,,,
2020-04-09,23:35:30,2020-04-09,23:37:01,CO6ABP,,10.137500,FT8,-11,-09,,,
2020-04-09,23:58:15,2020-04-10,00:03:49,KC3HFW,FN10,7.075500,FT8,+00,-10,,,

VA2PV Station Tour

Pascal, VA2PV did a wonderful shack tour and rebuild video.  As he mentions, coronavirus is an excellent time to make some changes to your shack layout.  It’s also a great time to get on the air.  I know how uncertain these times are for most of us.

Pascal clearly likes Icom products! I really like the Geochron displaying on the large television.  I might need to get one someday.

 

April 5 – FT8 Log

I set up today to work from the deck as the sun was finally out.  I’ve hardly left the house at all since March 13th.

I remote connected into my shack computer for FT8.  This way I could I do my day job and make contacts at the same time.  The most interesting part of the day started in the 2000z hour when I had a little mini run of Europeans on 30m.  I’ll be sure to try it again at higher power this evening.

2020-04-05,03:05:00,2020-04-05,03:08:39,KC9VVX,EN60,7.074789,FT8,-13,-20,,,
2020-04-05,03:09:30,2020-04-05,03:11:31,KI4GGJ,EM73,7.074789,FT8,-12,-08,,,
2020-04-05,03:17:30,2020-04-05,03:19:36,KB9YDI,EN63,7.074789,FT8,-09,-11,,,
2020-04-05,03:25:00,2020-04-05,03:34:35,K9IHM,EM86,7.075789,FT8,-04,-09,,,
2020-04-05,03:54:45,2020-04-05,03:56:22,VE7KCY,CN79,7.074789,FT8,-10,-16,,,
2020-04-05,03:58:00,2020-04-05,03:59:51,W1GLV,EL89,7.074789,FT8,-09,-22,,,
2020-04-05,04:02:45,2020-04-05,04:03:57,NE7DX,DM54,7.074789,FT8,-03,-22,,,
2020-04-05,04:08:30,2020-04-05,06:28:42,KC5JLO,EM42,7.074789,FT8,-12,-15,,,
2020-04-05,07:45:30,2020-04-05,10:35:02,K5EW,EM40,7.074789,FT8,+08,-02,,,
2020-04-05,10:39:30,2020-04-05,10:41:01,K2CNN,EM63,7.075119,FT8,+06,-08,,,
2020-04-05,10:59:45,2020-04-05,11:01:53,K3GWK,EM73,7.075519,FT8,-10,-05,,,
2020-04-05,11:04:30,2020-04-05,11:06:03,NT1J,FM06,7.075519,FT8,-06,+05,,,
2020-04-05,11:12:30,2020-04-05,11:18:34,N9WRP,EN61,7.075519,FT8,-06,-17,,,
2020-04-05,11:21:00,2020-04-05,11:23:33,W4HDJ,EM73,7.075519,FT8,-05,-12,,,
2020-04-05,11:26:45,2020-04-05,11:31:28,KE0N,EN34,7.075519,FT8,-16,-13,,,
2020-04-05,11:44:15,2020-04-05,12:02:36,NZ4N,EM96,7.075519,FT8,-03,-06,,,
2020-04-05,16:11:00,2020-04-05,16:37:13,YO6BLM,KN25,18.101519,FT8,-02,-22,,,
2020-04-05,17:29:30,2020-04-05,17:32:07,NI8T,EM79,10.137519,FT8,-07,-19,,,
2020-04-05,17:32:30,2020-04-05,17:35:12,WM8W,EN80,10.137519,FT8,-11,-19,,,
2020-04-05,17:52:15,2020-04-05,17:53:56,K8IG,EN91,10.137519,FT8,+01,-04,,,
2020-04-05,17:54:15,2020-04-05,17:56:03,N8LU,EN72,10.137519,FT8,-10,-15,,,
2020-04-05,18:38:45,2020-04-05,18:48:04,K8BHX,EN81,10.137119,FT8,-09,-15,,,
2020-04-05,19:01:00,2020-04-05,19:06:05,NA8N,EN90,10.137119,FT8,-06,-15,,,
2020-04-05,19:11:00,2020-04-05,19:40:50,AB8FJ,EM79,10.137119,FT8,-10,+02,,,
2020-04-05,19:46:45,2020-04-05,20:06:09,K5QPO,EM75,10.137119,FT8,-03,-21,,,
2020-04-05,20:19:15,2020-04-05,20:24:19,EA5GI,,10.137119,FT8,-18,-18,,,
2020-04-05,20:45:30,2020-04-05,20:52:35,SP5UAM,KO02,10.137119,FT8,-21,-07,,,
2020-04-05,20:55:30,2020-04-05,20:58:30,W5GOL,EM25,10.137119,FT8,-12,-17,,,
2020-04-05,21:19:15,2020-04-05,21:21:17,IK5BCM,JN53,10.137119,FT8,-04,-17,,,
2020-04-05,21:29:15,2020-04-05,21:32:00,SQ9LFQ,KN09,10.137119,FT8,-21,-17,,,
2020-04-05,21:33:45,2020-04-05,21:35:57,SP1NL,JO73,10.137119,FT8,-07,-20,,,
2020-04-05,21:39:45,2020-04-05,21:43:51,IZ0GRR,JN61,10.137119,FT8,-05,-20,,,
2020-04-05,21:47:00,2020-04-05,21:49:00,OK1CT,,10.137119,FT8,-12,-18,,,
2020-04-05,21:52:15,2020-04-05,21:56:36,EA3DNC,JN01,10.137119,FT8,-16,-22,,,
2020-04-05,22:19:30,2020-04-05,22:21:04,WG5N,EM24,10.137119,FT8,-02,-09,,,
2020-04-05,22:25:15,2020-04-05,22:28:11,KW2U,EL96,10.137119,FT8,-13,-16,,,
2020-04-05,22:37:45,2020-04-05,22:39:34,IZ5IOS,JN53,10.137119,FT8,-04,-10,,,
2020-04-05,23:04:00,2020-04-05,23:05:39,F5SJC,JN05,10.137319,FT8,+00,-11,,,
2020-04-05,23:16:30,2020-04-05,23:18:32,W4IOE,EM85,10.137319,FT8,-12,-17,,,
2020-04-05,23:24:45,2020-04-05,23:26:32,W4CHI,FM05,10.137319,FT8,-09,+02,,,
2020-04-05,23:38:30,2020-04-05,23:39:55,W4SFL,EL96,10.137319,FT8,-09,-21,,,

 

April 4 – FT8 Log

I’m really enjoying leaving FT8 running in the background as I work on other things.  I’m not answering CQs yet (I don’t have the patience).  I’m just calling a lot.  I can certainly hear a lot of great DX stations that come up in my decode but in terms of DX calling in, I’m just getting the occasional European.  I’m hoping antenna improvements in the coming days will help improve my signal.  Power is 10w for all contacts.

2020-04-04,03:07:45,2020-04-04,03:16:18,W4UWC,EM77,7.075389,FT8,-11,-14,,,
2020-04-04,03:22:15,2020-04-04,03:24:36,K0SRL,EN41,7.075389,FT8,+04,-11,,,
2020-04-04,03:31:15,2020-04-04,03:42:05,W0USY,EN08,7.075389,FT8,-17,-14,,,
2020-04-04,03:49:30,2020-04-04,03:56:50,AA4CB,EL98,7.075389,FT8,-17,-14,,,
2020-04-04,04:08:30,2020-04-04,04:12:14,KD5YS,EM31,7.075389,FT8,-15,-17,,,
2020-04-04,04:31:15,2020-04-04,04:33:36,WB4RQD,EL89,7.075389,FT8,-09,-11,,,
2020-04-04,04:43:15,2020-04-04,04:52:23,KS0USA,EM29,7.075389,FT8,-10,-07,,,
2020-04-04,04:55:15,2020-04-04,05:00:36,W3IK,EL87,7.075389,FT8,+00,-10,,,
2020-04-04,05:12:15,2020-04-04,05:13:41,WA0YPC,EM60,7.075389,FT8,-11,-04,,,
2020-04-04,05:31:00,2020-04-04,05:41:36,F4FSY,,7.075389,FT8,-12,-19,,,
2020-04-04,05:49:30,2020-04-04,05:50:56,F5UOU,,7.075389,FT8,-13,-12,,,
2020-04-04,05:56:15,2020-04-04,06:00:37,KK4CAM,EM90,7.075389,FT8,-22,-16,,,
2020-04-04,06:06:15,2020-04-04,06:43:22,KG6PH,EM13,7.075389,FT8,-17,-18,,,
2020-04-04,10:59:30,2020-04-04,11:05:26,W2KDR,EM66,7.075389,FT8,-16,-02,,,
2020-04-04,11:07:00,2020-04-04,11:08:28,KG4IXS,FM06,7.075389,FT8,-05,-10,,,
2020-04-04,11:08:45,2020-04-04,11:09:50,KA9VRX,EM67,7.075389,FT8,-05,-09,,,
2020-04-04,11:11:15,2020-04-04,11:17:29,NS9I,,7.075389,FT8,+02,+00,,,
2020-04-04,11:21:00,2020-04-04,11:23:10,W8RID,EN91,7.075389,FT8,-12,-11,,,
2020-04-04,11:26:00,2020-04-04,11:28:14,W5ADD,,7.075389,FT8,-08,+07,,,
2020-04-04,11:40:00,2020-04-04,11:42:26,WB3DEL,EN91,7.075389,FT8,+02,-12,,,
2020-04-04,11:46:30,2020-04-04,11:51:15,VE1UF,FN85,7.075389,FT8,+02,+02,,,
2020-04-04,11:55:15,2020-04-04,12:03:20,N5JED,EN91,7.075389,FT8,-11,-04,,,
2020-04-04,12:05:43,2020-04-04,12:05:43,KD3FB,,7.075389,FT8,-11,-13,,,
2020-04-04,12:12:45,2020-04-04,12:16:06,VA3MJR,FN03,7.075389,FT8,+06,-03,,,
2020-04-04,12:28:15,2020-04-04,12:36:22,WA3MWS,FN31,7.075389,FT8,-09,-22,,,
2020-04-04,13:03:30,2020-04-04,13:05:54,KJ3X,EN91,7.075389,FT8,-08,-16,,,
2020-04-04,13:07:30,2020-04-04,13:08:56,K7EFS,FN20,7.075389,FT8,-09,-01,,,
2020-04-04,13:11:00,2020-04-04,13:13:49,AA3I,FN20,7.075389,FT8,-04,-12,,,
2020-04-04,13:26:45,2020-04-04,13:34:14,VA3SXP,FN03,7.075389,FT8,-03,-08,,,
2020-04-04,13:44:00,2020-04-04,13:48:43,WA9JBQ,EN52,7.075389,FT8,-23,-08,,,
2020-04-04,13:55:30,2020-04-04,13:58:02,K2OI,FN13,7.075389,FT8,-09,-10,,,
2020-04-04,14:08:30,2020-04-04,14:10:29,KB3FN,FM09,7.075389,FT8,-20,-10,,,
2020-04-04,14:15:00,2020-04-04,15:51:22,VA3QK,FN04,7.075389,FT8,-01,-06,,,
2020-04-04,17:31:00,2020-04-04,17:33:00,K4ZOO,EN34,14.074789,FT8,+00,-11,,,
2020-04-04,17:33:00,2020-04-04,17:35:24,IK6TKC,JN72,14.074789,FT8,-13,-11,,,