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,,,

Station Work – What are your goals?

Being home in quarantine gives one a lot of time to think about future plans for the station.

My plans are coalescing now around a few key ideas I’d like to get done by October:

  • Get as loud as possible.  More contacts = more fun
    • Improve all band vertical with addition of new radials
    • Bring back 20m Delta Loop
    • Bring back DX-LB Dipole for 160-40
    • Purchase all AL-811 amplifier.  I’ve used these before.  They are cheap enough and reliable enough.
    • Get two permanently mounted RCS-4 boxes in the backyard to allow for expansion to 8 antennas:
      • 43′ All band vertical
      • 66′ 80m vertical
      • Phased 40m verticals  NE/SW
      • DX-LB 160-40m Inverted V at 40′  NE/SW
      • 20m/10m Delta Loop at 40′
      • 80m NVIS end fire wire at 8′
    • This is a setup that historically got it done for me back in 2011.
  • Get as automated as possible
    • IC7300 to become main radio and easily works with computer with just a USB cable

 

40m Early Net for the Century Club

I worked the 3905 40m Early Net on 7268 tonight.  Conditions were up and down right from the beginning.  I was hearing the NCS KG8WL at 40+ over S9 in the beginning by the 0245 he was down to S3.  I was able to make a few contacts, including KF7HNC (Oregon), WA1LNY (MA), NE0A (MO), W1PEF (NH), KN4EUK (FL), AA0ZP (NE).

To get membership in the club, you need to get 100 points on one band/mode combo. So by my count I got 5 points each for NE0A and AA0ZP.  This brings my total to 15 points.  I think the net is a pretty friendly group of people.  Everyone stays pretty relaxed on the net: exchange single reports, respect everyone then exchange QSLs. It’s a decent way to pass the time

Generally, I felt like I was hearing a lot better than others were hearing me.  Maybe in a week or so, I’ll get an Ameritron AL-811 amp going to get a little more juice.

On Monday, I’m going to be adding some radials to try and eek out a few DBs.  I’ve only got about 5 radials out that I was able to pull from the mud.  I’ve got the DX Engineering radial plate coming on Monday. It should really help me get the 43′ vertical sorted.  Also on Monday,  I’ll be using a new desktop microphone.  The hand mic I’m using is a little flat and unresponsive,  I’m hoping the desktop mic will pack a little more punch.

 

Flashback to 1997

I wrote this in 1997 for K3WWP’s. CW website.

It’s still active on his website.Hello, my name is Jeffrey Demers, I am 17 years old and an avid Amateur Radio enthusiast. My callsign is N1SNB. I was first licensed in 1994 as a Tech(-). I currently hold a General class license. I operate mainly on HF CW and VHF/UHF. My favorite mode of operation is CW! CW you say??? Yes, CW. I never thought for an instant that when I upgraded I would become interested in CW! CW to me was that useless mode that all the realllllly old-timers used. I thought I would never use it, I was going to be a SSB MAN. At the time I was having all these anti-cw thoughts I didn’t know much about equipment and antennas and didn’t have much money to spend on equipment. I wanted to get on HF, but couldn’t afford to purchase a “real” rig so I ordered an MFJ-9015 QRP CW transceiver with accessories..tuner/key. In all it cost about 220 dollars. When the equipment arrived I set up my station complete with 40 foot longwire hanging out my bedroom window. N1SNB was on the air!

In December 1994, I began studying Morse Code. I studied using code tapes from Radio Shack. Every night for three straight months I would sit down and practice code for thirty minutes at a time, trying to achieve the unattainable 13 wpm level. By February of 1995, I felt that I knew the code well enough to test, so I headed off to the local VE-testing site. On February 5, 1995 at 4:12pm I failed my five wpm examination!

If Steve, N1SG (the VE who gave my cw test) hadn’t encouraged me to stick with Morse Code and pass my test, I probably would have given up and focused on VHF stuff. Steve invited me to his station, showed me his equipment, and helped me study the code. On February 17, just two weeks later, not only did I pass five wpm, I passed the 13 wpm examination!! Below is a list of tips given to me, that were a big help when I was studying the code:
-Use more than one set of code practice tapes if possible, to avoid memorizing the tapes instead of learning them.
-Don’t study for more than thirty minutes at a time: you’re more likely to go downhill than uphill.
-Set a practice schedule and stick with it.

CW is only as hard as you want it be. If the people that cried about learning the code, spent half their crying time studying they probably would be filling up the bands at 40 wpm by now!

My first CW qso was with W9MYZ in Bigfork, MN. I proudly display that QSL card in my shack still. Even though it was the bottom of the sun cycle, and all I had for equipment was a 15m QRP radio, I made the most of it. I didn’t make many contacts, but I kept plugging out those CQ’s trying to fill those first few pages of my logbook. This is how I learned CW, I was forced into CW, SSB wasn’t a temptation. CW is such a powerful mode of operation, it is literally awesome. If you try to apply SSB to the situation described above, it just doesn’t work. Qrp+SSB+15m+ bottom of cycle=no way!!

In June 1995, I graduated to a Yaesu FT-101EE HF SSB/CW 160-10M rig. The local ham I bought it from at an extremely discounted price had “lost” the microphone, so again I was “just” on CW. With this rig new worlds opened up to me on all the new freqs. that my new radio had. It is at this point where one could officially call me an ADDICT. It was the summer, there was no school, I was on that radio probably five hours a day working any and every station I could on CW. CW was the mode for me. It was just so fascinating to be able to talk to other people in code, using such basic equipment and yet have so much fun in the process.

Finally in October, 1995 I mustered up enough dough for a microphone. What a disappointment!!!! Trying to work stations on 20M ssb w/100w and less than awesome antennas was an uninteresting challenge. I knew that on 20M CW there would be half the QRM, and twice as much DX. I also learned that 80M and 160M SSB are less than interesting for those hams that want to just call CQ. CQing on 80M SSB is usually met with anything but positive vibes. Again why bother with SSB and all the garbage that goes on in the SSB subband when I could go to the CW subband where more stations could hear me, and actually wanted to talk to me. My mic got put away except for some contests. I urge all younger hams to give CW a try, it is a great mode. Many people say CW is old-fashioned, and that it should be dropped. Many of these people have never operated CW, never will operate CW, and never wanted to operate CW. It is possible for people my age to enjoy CW. Don’t overlook it as an “old-timers” mode, it isn’t. Get on the CW bands and give it try, I think you’ll like it.

I have met so many fascinating people on CW, and had so many great QSOs it is impossible to say which were the “best” or most memorable. The feeling of great excitement when I broke my first pileup, and worked D68SE on the other side of the world comes to mind. My first QSO with Europe on 80M was with my rain gutter loaded as an antenna. My first QSO with an Asian station. I am glad I became a CW MAN, be cause looking back I wouldn’t have wanted to miss these CW experiences for all the money in the world.

Its now 1997, I still love to operate CW, and do so on an almost daily basis. Since 1995, I have made over 18,000 QSOs. I have the necessary QSLs to receive my WAC, WAS, WPX-1000, US-CA 500 and DXCC. I have WAS on separate 15/20/40/80M CW, I have WAS on 40M QRP CW as well. I have worked 158 countries on CW. CW is a great mode. It is possible to accomplish so much with a simple and inexpensive setup, using CW. During the week I am usually on 7030 kHz around 2100z daily, if you hear me, give me a call!

73! From New Hampshire
Jeff Demers

Report written in 1997 when Jeff was 17.