About this site

Hello!

Welcome to my website about my ham radio activities.  I’ve put this website together to help me keep a record of my own ham radio projects and activities.  I’m happy your here, but I’ve primarily written this website for myself.

But I think you could find some of the interesting information. It’s a living, breathing work in progress.

73, Jeff N1SNB

n1snb

Upcoming Contests & Station Work

I’ve been getting the station in gear for a serious effort (by my standards and for my equipment limitations) for the WPX contest.   Reviewing the rules, the focus is pretty simple.  Work anybody, anywhere but there are some special caveats that apply to my situation vis-a-vis making a high score.

  • Focus on Europe on 40m.  I’m the loudest here on this band and can reliably EU and hold a frequency (in any contest except CQ WW DX CW).  These QSOs are worth 6 points.(on 20m they are worth 3).
  • Canadians on 40m/80m/160m. There are lots of easy to work, strong Canadians east of Ontario.  They are worth 4 points.
  • Maximize operating time on 40m for EU (my sunset and their sunrise).  Numerous years of operating have taught me that the final 3 hours of the contest are very important for me on 40m.  The herd has thinned and if conditions are OK, I can put together a good run
  • Maximize operating time on 20m in the late mornings, early afternoons  – I’m at my worst when 20m just opens up.  I don’t have the low angle, high power combination to make this productive.
  • Don’t DX or even chase mults.  I can waste a lot of time in hopeless pileups.  For me, these are pileups on a North-South general path – where my local topography and low power are a losing combination.
  • Related to above,  I saw an idea from a K5ZD Contest University presentation to use VFO/memories of the radio to store stations to revisit while in S & P mode.  See the presentation.

CQ MM DX Contest

CQMM DX Contest – 2020

Call: N1SNB
Operator(s): N1SNB
Station: N1SNB

Class: SOAB LP
QTH:
Operating Time (hrs):

Summary:
Band  QSOs  Prefixes
———————-
80:    9      0
40:  163      3
20:  153      3
15:
10:
———————-
Total:  325      6  Countries = 51  Total Score = 64,809

Club: Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Comments:

Great contest and it was fun to hear what sure seemed like a decent amount of
activity. Had a hard time going south on 20m, I used to have tribander fixed
south at 30′ but it was wrecked long ago.  Spent Saturday pulling the pieces out
of a swamp, including a metal detector score on the gamma match.

I’ve got a lot of work planned during quarantine time to get louder quickly in
time for WPX.

Was extra weird weekend I thought with Holy Land, Samovar,  Michigan QP, Ontario
QP, YU DX, World Amateur Day Special Event stations and the COVID-19
“stayhome” stations all happening.  The Michigan folks lost me quick
when I realized they wanted a serial number (unlike Ontario).  I drew the line
at switching between 4 different versions of N1MM!

Happy Memories from Long Ago

Have you taken a stroll down eQSL’s memory lane?  I just did as I have some historic logs and QSLs on eQSL from as early as 1994.  What struck me was that I kept operating right through college.  My senior year (2002), I had a pretty non-covert serious station in my dorm with antennas in the woods. That’s a story for another time.

My first few years in college my QSO counts dropped but they are still there.  And each year at Christmas time, there is large spike in QSOs when I was home from break.

I’m not sure if this similar for other hams, but I rarely can remember any individual DX or contest QSO. There are so many of them and often times, the best ones are anti-climatic. I don’t chase awards or QSLs – so I think DXing is more an instant gratification thing for me. I either make the contact or I don’t and I can say conclusively that I would guess 99.99% of the time I thought I’d make the contact.

But I look back at that time at home, at those logs and think what a blissful time it all was.  The contacts would start around December 15 and would end around January 10.  There are contest logs from the Radio Amateurs’ of Canada (RAC) Winter Contest, the ARRL 10 Meter Contest and the NAQP.  Beyond radio, I was home and carefree to spend my time as I wished.  Little did I know, my mother – Roberta, would pass just a few years later.

Both of my parents supported my radio hobby tremendously.  As a teenager she drove me to club meetings, she left me do contest operations from other ham’s houses, and helped fund my very modest station.  But ham radio could drive her nuts too, my operations interfered with the telephone – and when the phone range (pre-cellphone years), I knew to cease operations.  I could hear her voice upstairs right above me and the minute she hung up, I was back in business.

It’s impossible to look back at those winter QSOs and not think of my mother, and the glow of those Yaesu FT-101ee tubes in my basement.  I’d give anything to talk to that N1SNB or watch him or to know what I know now.

I think we all know that time flies by.  But did you know creating new memories (and exploring old ones) can help slow things now just a little bit?

Thank you for indulging me.  73!

 

 

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,,,
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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.

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