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Re: Getting BOTA (Back on the Air)

richdrexel@...
 

Thank you.

And it is true, I spent my very first semester in Jim Innis' Visual Basic and Python programming courses. I don't think I have touched VB.Net once since then. Python, I use occasionally. I think I spend most of my time using C and Java now. Although, for my final project, I developed a mobile environmental hazardous gas system using an Arduino that connected to my web server via an Android phone. I wrote an app to grab the data using Bluetooth then send that info to a database online. With that data, I created real-time heat maps, allowing visualization of potential hazardous gas problems. Anywho, I could ramble on about that for quite a while. It was a lot of fun!

I'm just glad to be done with everything. Although, I did get yelled at a little tonight when my wife saw that I was looking at Georgia Tech to start on my Masters. LOL

Looking forward to getting back on the air. Hopefully this afternoon sometime.

Richard Drexel
K4RJD


Re: WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

Alan Sorum WL7CG
 

I don't recall seeing my call sign being posted this many times....

It was surprising to see how well things worked today. The K-index is 5 and normally anything above 3 kills propagation here.

Thanks to everyone that gave me a call!

73

Alan WL7CG




On 7/19/16 8:04 PM, Jerry n9avy@... [070] wrote:
 
 ... and others continued with the typo  .... 



From: "David Rock david@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: [070] WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

 

> On Jul 19, 2016, at 21:50, Jerry n9avy@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
>
>
> WL7TG Jennifer is in CA , but WL7CG is Alan in Valdez AK. Helps to copy correct call. I had to check to find out if it was a new AK station.
>

Good catch. I had it right on the waterfall, but goofed typing the email. :-)


David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...




Re: WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

Jerry N9AVY
 

 ... and others continued with the typo  .... 



From: "David Rock david@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: [070] WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

 

> On Jul 19, 2016, at 21:50, Jerry n9avy@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
>
>
> WL7TG Jennifer is in CA , but WL7CG is Alan in Valdez AK. Helps to copy correct call. I had to check to find out if it was a new AK station.
>

Good catch. I had it right on the waterfall, but goofed typing the email. :-)


David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...




Re: WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

David, K9DWR
 

On Jul 19, 2016, at 21:50, Jerry n9avy@... [070] <070@...> wrote:


WL7TG Jennifer is in CA , but WL7CG is Alan in Valdez AK. Helps to copy correct call. I had to check to find out if it was a new AK station.
Good catch. I had it right on the waterfall, but goofed typing the email. :-)


David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...


Re: K1YPP/7

Jerry N9AVY
 

Stan:

Dennis actually found me and called me after I finished a QSO with a station in Boise, ID.  Since I was on the  ID stations frequency where he was calling CQ, I moved up a bit and called Dennis a couple times until he answered. He was probably strong enough to be heard in Indiana.  Look for him around same time tomorrow, I expect he'll be there plus/minus a hour .

Jerry  N9AVY #454



From: "stan robinson robinstan@... [070]" <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Cc: bob billingsley ; Victor-k1cgi Ouellette ; Dennis-K1YPP Blanchard
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:27 PM
Subject: RE: [070] K1YPP/7

 
Jerry,

Nutz...I missed him.

Dennis lives a few miles from me in FLA and we belong to several of the same clubs. He is quite a character. Check out his Blog     www.xcbiketrip.com  and QRZ page.

Keep posting when you see him. He is usually running only 3 watts into a wire in a tree.

73,
Stan
W9SMR/9
#1611


To: 070@...
From: 070@...
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:50:08 +0000
Subject: [070] K1YPP/7



Just worked Dennis  , K1YPP/1 ,  He's in Bend OR  now.   Signal was up & down a bit, but got most of info. 

20m  0004 UTC

Jerry  N9AVY  #454





Re: Buzz on 20m

boat.anchor@...
 

Man you took the words out of my mouth.
You guys have your burdens and we have ours.
Only difference is we won't let yours come north.
Barry



---In 070@..., <n9avy@...> wrote :

He's a Canadian. ..  you want to start a war between Canada & Iran ???   Don't think our friends to the North would be happy about that.   :-)

Jerry  N9AVY #454



Re: WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

Jerry N9AVY
 

WL7TG Jennifer is in CA  , but WL7CG  is Alan in Valdez AK.     Helps to copy correct call.  I had to check to find out if it was a new AK station.

Jerry  N9AVY  #454



From: "Jim Innis jinnis@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:47 PM
Subject: RE: [070] WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

 

Thanks working him now. 0146Z 14.0707


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S®6 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "David Rock david@... [070]" <070@...>
Date: 7/19/16 8:08 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: 070@...
Subject: [070] WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

 
I just heard WL7TG in Alaska on 20m. Haven't been able to work him yet, but he's out there.

Around 14.077

--
David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...



Re: WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

Jim K5SP
 


Thanks working him now. 0146Z 14.0707


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S®6 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "David Rock david@... [070]" <070@...>
Date: 7/19/16 8:08 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: 070@...
Subject: [070] WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

 

I just heard WL7TG in Alaska on 20m. Haven't been able to work him yet, but he's out there.

Around 14.077

--
David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@...


Re: K1YPP/7

stan W9SMR
 

Jerry,

Nutz...I missed him.

Dennis lives a few miles from me in FLA and we belong to several of the same clubs. He is quite a character. Check out his Blog     www.xcbiketrip.com  and QRZ page.

Keep posting when you see him. He is usually running only 3 watts into a wire in a tree.

73,
Stan
W9SMR/9
#1611


To: 070@...
From: 070@...
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:50:08 +0000
Subject: [070] K1YPP/7



Just worked Dennis  , K1YPP/1 ,  He's in Bend OR  now.   Signal was up & down a bit, but got most of info. 

20m  0004 UTC

Jerry  N9AVY  #454



Fw: Geomagnetic Storm 7/20

Jerry N9AVY
 



 

 
Hello ALL;

From spaceweather.com

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    WL7TG Valdez AK on 20m

    David, K9DWR
     

    I just heard WL7TG in Alaska on 20m. Haven't been able to work him yet, but he's out there.

    Around 14.077

    --
    David, K9DWR
    #1604 LONP #255
    david@...


    K1YPP/7

    Jerry N9AVY
     

    Just worked Dennis  , K1YPP/1 ,  He's in Bend OR  now.   Signal was up & down a bit, but got most of info. 

    20m  0004 UTC

    Jerry  N9AVY  #454


    Re: Getting BOTA (Back on the Air)

    Jim K5SP
     

    Rich, congratulations, I have been wondering where you were, missed you on the bands....

    You can tell everyone here that I taught you everything you know, when you were a student of mine at NCTC....

    Again, congrats on the BSCS.  Now, get to work!

    Jim, K5SP

    On 7/19/2016 6:56 PM, richdrexel@... [070] wrote:
     

    I have been absent from the radio the past several months. I finally finished my undergrad degree, earning my BS of Computer Science. The final course was my Capstone project and it took up a large amount of my time. I am looking forward to getting back into PSK31 land. I'm really looking forward to landing a decent paying software developer position so I can afford my ham radio hobby!

    I look forward to seeing everyone on the air.

    Richard Drexel
    K4RJD



    Re: Getting BOTA (Back on the Air)

    Matthew King - KK4CPS <mrk.twg@...>
     

    Good job, Richard - congratulations!

    73


    Matthew King

    AK4MK 070 #1708

    PODXS 070 Club Executive Director




    On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 7:56 PM, richdrexel@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
     

    I have been absent from the radio the past several months. I finally finished my undergrad degree, earning my BS of Computer Science. The final course was my Capstone project and it took up a large amount of my time. I am looking forward to getting back into PSK31 land. I'm really looking forward to landing a decent paying software developer position so I can afford my ham radio hobby!

    I look forward to seeing everyone on the air.

    Richard Drexel
    K4RJD




    Getting BOTA (Back on the Air)

    richdrexel@...
     

    I have been absent from the radio the past several months. I finally finished my undergrad degree, earning my BS of Computer Science. The final course was my Capstone project and it took up a large amount of my time. I am looking forward to getting back into PSK31 land. I'm really looking forward to landing a decent paying software developer position so I can afford my ham radio hobby!

    I look forward to seeing everyone on the air.

    Richard Drexel
    K4RJD



    Re: FN44 and FN45 Activations

    Steve W3HF
     

    On 07/19/16, Jonathan Wilson eaglescout.jonathan@... [070]<070@...> wrote:
     


    Thank you all for the kind replies!


    ...

    Steve:
    Thank you for your input about call sign suffixes.  I will update my plans accordingly.  Can you point me to any documentation you have so I can be a better informed individual?


    ...


    ----------------------------------------


    Jonathan -

    1. First of all, the FCC doesn't care about what callsign variant you use, as long as it is not confusing (with other systems) and is assigned to you. There actually is no requirement to use anything other than your own callsign--you can operate as KC1BOS anywhere the FCC has jurisdiction. That includes not only the 50 states but all US territories and protectorates. 

    2. The FCC allows you to use a self-assigned prefix or suffix as long as it doesn't conflict with international allocations. So you could use a /100 suffix if you were celebrating your 100th birthday, but you can't use C2 because it's assigned to Nauru. Many people use /AM for aeronautical mobile and /MM for maritime (or marine) mobile, but technically that's not legal for USA as AM is assigned to Spain and MM to Scotland.

    3. The "traditional" approach is to use a numeral indicating the call district you are operating from. I call this traditional because it used to be in the rules but was dropped as a requirement in the late 1970s. 

    4. Any of these approaches work if you are only sending paper QSLs (or not QSLing at all). Since you know where you were, you send a QSL that shows the actual station location, not your home. It's generally allowed to hand-write your portable location, but that might make the QSL not valid for certain awards. The IOTA program, for example, does not accept QSLs where the island name is hand-written.

    5. If you are sending electronic QSLs of one sort or another, it gets trickier because the systems use different methods to create accounts and identify locations.

    a. If you are ONLY going to use LoTW, the easiest approach is to simply use your permanent callsign. Create a separate station location for each unique operating site, and associate each of those locations with your regular callsign certificate. The unique station locations will keep them separate. I know this will work if each location is in the same DXCC. I don't know think it works if you are operating from different DXCC entities, like operating from Hawaii for example. (FCC allows that, but I'm pretty sure ARRL assigns a DXCC entity to your callsign certificate, and you can't change it with a new location.)

    b. If you are ONLY going to use eQSL, you have some options. eQSL accounts can only have a single location, so you have to have multiple accounts, (at least) one for each location. They segregate QSLs by callsign and date, so you have to have non-overlapping date ranges if you use the same callsign at multiple locations. Since you probably want to have only a single account for your home QTH, you are better off using your basic callsign at only one location, or you will have to create multiple accounts for the same call. In this case, you are probably better off using a portable identifier and leaving your primary callsign associated only with your home station location.

    c. If you use both eQSL and LoTW, I've found it useful to obtain additional ARRL certificates for all the portable callsign variants, so I can keep the eQSL accounts separate. It's only a little more complex to manage multiple certificates. As a result, I have 16 eQSL accounts for 12 different callsigns. I only have 8 LoTW certificates as some of the operations were very minor.

    d. I have no experience with HRD or QRZlog, so I can't offer any advice for those systems.


    So there's a summary. Let me know if you have other questions.

    Steve
    W3HF (and W3HF/0, /1, /2, /3, /4, /6, /8, /KH2, /KH6 and VQ9HF)


    Re: Buzz on 20m

    Jerry N9AVY
     

    He's a Canadian. ..  you want to start a war between Canada & Iran ???   Don't think our friends to the North would be happy about that.   :-)

    Jerry  N9AVY #454



    From: "Les Alverson kd4sfd2@... [070]" <070@...>
    To: 070@...
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:11 PM
    Subject: Re: [070] Buzz on 20m

     
    Can we send them Justin Beiber instead?

    Les k4lea 1746

    On 7/19/2016 15:54, Jerry n9avy@... [070] wrote:
     
    Bill:

    That's exactly what I'm seeing here on 20m all across the 14070 waterfall !   Now we need to return the favor to Iran and send them lots of rock'n'roll music !  :-)

    Jerry  N9AVY #454



    From: "Bill Garwood n4gbk@... [070]" mailto:070@...
    To: mailto:070@... mailto:070@...
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:57 AM
    Subject: Re: [070] Buzz on 20m [4 Attachments]

     
    I'm not sure what Jerry was hearing or seeing.  There are no reports of any OTH facilities inside the US.   The OTH radar on HF ham bands has been a problem in Europe and beyond.  It pops up here on the east coast fairly often.  You can Google OTH and various ham radio message boards and find a lot of info.  The radar operates by choosing a frequency based on the MUF and propagation at the radar site.  Sometimes this frequency will be in the middle of a ham band.  The radar will change frequency regularly.   I've attached some screen shots I took on different bands.  Note the times in UTC.  This interference is only a few kHz wide as you can tune the radio up and down the frequency and it will go away.  All of these were on standard PSK31 frequencies.  RX tuned to 10.040, 14.070, 21.070 and 7.070.  The 40 meter signal looks different so I'm not sure what it is?  Maybe they change the PRF or it is from a different source altogether.

    I have worked thousands of EU stations on PSK as I'm actively pursuing EPC Awards and the EPC gurus have triangulated and DF'd the interference and say it is definitely coming from Iran.

    I know some other east coast 070 Members have mentioned this interference from time to time.

    Also, I'm in a very rural area.  Mostly farming and swamplands.  No cable TV, no DSL, I get WiFi from a local provider that has his set up on top of a farmer's grain bin and I have no plasma TVs.  I think there are 3 residences within a 1/4 mile of here.  I do occasionally get some electric fence pulsing on and off on 160 meters.   I'm familiar with powerline interference and it is different.

    Have fun.  There are some 15 meter PSK31 signals here this morning so it is good to see some improvements in propagation.

    Bill N4GBK  in eastern North Carolina

    From: 070@... mailto:070@... on behalf of 'ljl2002@...' joe_molon@... [070] mailto:070@...
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:37:44 PM
    To: 070@...
    Subject: Re: [070] Buzz on 20m
     
     
    Milt,

    I did the AM radio trick several times in the past and it works great.  Both were outside the QTH.
    Once I found an arcing fuse on a pole and another time I found a bad switching power supply on a pole which was used for lighting control.  One big clue was that it only happened at night.  Once I told the town they had their contractor come out and replace it.

    Ahhh....the sweet sound of.....nothing!

    Joe
    KA1PPV  #1482


    On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:16 AM, "Jerry n9avy@... [070]" mailto:070@... wrote:


     
    Nope, as Bill, N4GBK, said it's probably OTH  (Over The Horizon radar)  or similar on 20m.  It only happens for a short time and appears to be some sort of communications.  Definitely not anything at my QTH: if it were in the house it would happen all the time at regular intervals.  It almost has to be here in US because band wasn't open to Europe/Asia or anywhere overseas.

    It's just annoying when it's on but not as annoying as those really wide 20m PSK signals or those using RTTY, MFSK, or have their mics plugged in when sending on PSK...  this morning I even heard music !  

    Geez, what ever happened to hams who cared about their signals ?

    Jerry  N9AVY  #454

    From: "'Milton Garb' n6mg@... [070]" mailto:070@...
    To: 070@...
    Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 11:11 AM
    Subject: RE: [070] Buzz on 20m

     
    Before turning to the masses for a thousand different scenario’s, & opinions, have you checked your collapsible shack and household for a buzzing wall wart, or even the little  red/green L.E.D. that signifies power to your tv?
    I get it on 30m rarely, but unplugging my wife’s flat panel tv in the kitchen cures it.
    I found it by taking a little $5 battery powered AM radio and going from room to room.
    n6mg
     
     
     
    From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
    Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 7:30 AM
    To: yahoogroups mailto:070@...
    Subject: [070] Buzz on 20m
     
     
    Does any have any idea what that raucous buzz is that sometimes covers all the PSK stations up ???  It shows as a bunch of vertical lines all across the waterfall.   Just curious...
     
    Jerry  N9AVY  #454









    Welcome

    Jim K5SP
     

    Please join me in welcoming our new PODXS070 member(s).

    2391  Guiseppe  IT9GJK

    Jim, K5SP #483
    Membership Director


    Re: Buzz on 20m

    Les Alverson <kd4sfd2@...>
     

    Can we send them Justin Beiber instead?


    Les k4lea 1746


    On 7/19/2016 15:54, Jerry n9avy@... [070] wrote:
     
    Bill:

    That's exactly what I'm seeing here on 20m all across the 14070 waterfall !   Now we need to return the favor to Iran and send them lots of rock'n'roll music !  :-)

    Jerry  N9AVY #454



    From: "Bill Garwood n4gbk@... [070]" <070@...>
    To: "070@..." <070@...>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:57 AM
    Subject: Re: [070] Buzz on 20m [4 Attachments]

     
    I'm not sure what Jerry was hearing or seeing.  There are no reports of any OTH facilities inside the US.   The OTH radar on HF ham bands has been a problem in Europe and beyond.  It pops up here on the east coast fairly often.  You can Google OTH and various ham radio message boards and find a lot of info.  The radar operates by choosing a frequency based on the MUF and propagation at the radar site.  Sometimes this frequency will be in the middle of a ham band.  The radar will change frequency regularly.   I've attached some screen shots I took on different bands.  Note the times in UTC.  This interference is only a few kHz wide as you can tune the radio up and down the frequency and it will go away.  All of these were on standard PSK31 frequencies.  RX tuned to 10.040, 14.070, 21.070 and 7.070.  The 40 meter signal looks different so I'm not sure what it is?  Maybe they change the PRF or it is from a different source altogether.

    I have worked thousands of EU stations on PSK as I'm actively pursuing EPC Awards and the EPC gurus have triangulated and DF'd the interference and say it is definitely coming from Iran.

    I know some other east coast 070 Members have mentioned this interference from time to time.

    Also, I'm in a very rural area.  Mostly farming and swamplands.  No cable TV, no DSL, I get WiFi from a local provider that has his set up on top of a farmer's grain bin and I have no plasma TVs.  I think there are 3 residences within a 1/4 mile of here.  I do occasionally get some electric fence pulsing on and off on 160 meters.   I'm familiar with powerline interference and it is different.

    Have fun.  There are some 15 meter PSK31 signals here this morning so it is good to see some improvements in propagation.

    Bill N4GBK  in eastern North Carolina

    From: 070@... <070@...> on behalf of 'ljl2002@...' joe_molon@... [070] <070@...>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:37:44 PM
    To: 070@...
    Subject: Re: [070] Buzz on 20m
     
     
    Milt,

    I did the AM radio trick several times in the past and it works great.  Both were outside the QTH.
    Once I found an arcing fuse on a pole and another time I found a bad switching power supply on a pole which was used for lighting control.  One big clue was that it only happened at night.  Once I told the town they had their contractor come out and replace it.

    Ahhh....the sweet sound of.....nothing!

    Joe
    KA1PPV  #1482


    On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:16 AM, "Jerry n9avy@... [070]" <070@...> wrote:


     
    Nope, as Bill, N4GBK, said it's probably OTH  (Over The Horizon radar)  or similar on 20m.  It only happens for a short time and appears to be some sort of communications.  Definitely not anything at my QTH: if it were in the house it would happen all the time at regular intervals.  It almost has to be here in US because band wasn't open to Europe/Asia or anywhere overseas.

    It's just annoying when it's on but not as annoying as those really wide 20m PSK signals or those using RTTY, MFSK, or have their mics plugged in when sending on PSK...  this morning I even heard music !  

    Geez, what ever happened to hams who cared about their signals ?

    Jerry  N9AVY  #454

    From: "'Milton Garb' n6mg@... [070]" <070@...>
    To: 070@...
    Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 11:11 AM
    Subject: RE: [070] Buzz on 20m

     
    Before turning to the masses for a thousand different scenario’s, & opinions, have you checked your collapsible shack and household for a buzzing wall wart, or even the little  red/green L.E.D. that signifies power to your tv?
    I get it on 30m rarely, but unplugging my wife’s flat panel tv in the kitchen cures it.
    I found it by taking a little $5 battery powered AM radio and going from room to room.
    n6mg
     
     
     
    From: 070@... [mailto:070@...]
    Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 7:30 AM
    To: yahoogroups <070@...>
    Subject: [070] Buzz on 20m
     
     
    Does any have any idea what that raucous buzz is that sometimes covers all the PSK stations up ???  It shows as a bunch of vertical lines all across the waterfall.   Just curious...
     
    Jerry  N9AVY  #454







    Re: KK4CPS ?

    Matthew King - KK4CPS <mrk.twg@...>
     

    Yep, I went to eQSL and created the new account, but I neglected to change the auto-eQSL feature of HRD to the new callsign.  I thought it used the main callsign, but I it actually has a separate credential area where the callsign must be entered.

    Thanks to all who replied with advice/procedures to follow.

    It's all fixed now, so no more erroneous eQSLs from me.

    WOOHOO!!!!

    73


    Matthew King

    AK4MK 070 #1708

    PODXS 070 Club Executive Director




    On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 3:27 PM, w3hf@... [070] <070@...> wrote:
     

    Matt -


    I don't think you can "change" your callsign for eQSL. You need to set up a new account with the new call, and establish an end date for the old call.


    Steve

    W3HF