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6m Es - CQing now

Rick - N7WE
 

Looks like a pretty good Es cloud right over western KY and TN.  I'm CQing on 0.291.1 at 1700 UTC
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Portable operation photos

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Several folks asked for photos of my portable setup.  Here’s what it looks like, in all its unorganized glory.  If anyone has questions or suggestions, let me know!

Here’s what the back seat operation position looks like:

The position of the laptop was forced by the lack of a longer USB cable to attach to the USB hub that connects the SignaLink USB and cat control cable for the KX3/PX3/KXPA100 combo to the laptop.  The funky switch laying on top of the left hand side of the keyboard is the motor control switch for the Tarheel antenna.

Here’s the same position showing the body of the car, so you get some sense of how much space is taken up.  The front passenger seat is run all the way forward.  The rat’s nest of white cable in the footwell is actually a hastily run cable to connect the microphone for the Kenwood dualbander which is in the rearmost part of the car.  The nicely routed cable failed about two months ago and I’ve not yet routed the new cable nicely!



This drone photo shows how tall the whip is.  That’s not a stock Tarheel whip, it’s two Buddipole extension arms and one Buddipole long telescoping whip, for a total length of 22*2+115 inches, or 13.25 feet.  With this arrangement the antenna will cover the 160m band and go up to 15m.  Collapsing the telescoping whip somewhat I can cover 40m through 6m nicely.

Whilie I was operating I had the rear hatch closed, as it was raining quite hard at times.  Having the hatch open doesn’t seem to affect the SWR of the FrankenTarheel.  I’ve no idea if it affects the pattern of the antenna if it’s up.  I had a lot of concerns about common mode currents and RFI given the antenna is directly above the operating position but I had no problems at all.  For the record I was running 45 watts, just under the 50 watt rating for continuous carrier use that Tarheel lists for the Little Tarheel II.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


Re: Certificate Mailings

Jim K5SP
 

Thanks for the information John.  Hope this finds you well.

Earlier this year, W9SMR, N7WE, and I  split up the membership roll, and researched all members for SK, searched QRZ for addresses and emails.  All were updated to reflect what was on QRZ.  There were several hundred changes required.  We think our list is up to date now.

This current issue with the DX members is that the USPS is not accepting mailings for some countries due to COVID-19, and other political issues.  The USPS rep stated that we could use Fedex, however that is cost prohibitive. 

I want to personally thank you for all you have done for PODXS070 over the years.  We miss KE4JB from Cherry Valley NY in the contests.  It is my pleasure to have worked you over the years.

73 my friend

Jim K5SP

On 6/17/2020 8:34 AM, bowerjohn41 wrote:
Jim
When mailing certificates, stickers etc we used to access QRZ for the current addresses of members.
This also gave us a formatted mailing label.
There were only two or three overseas members that did not disclose their current mailing address and an email to them quickly resolved that.
Best Wishes,
John KE4JB

On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 8:17 AM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
The poll that was made available in this reflector a few weeks ago concerning the mailing of certificates is complete.  99.2 percent of the members that voted agreed with certificates be provided via email, in pdf format. 

Effective immediately, as a result of the membership poll, all certificates will be sent to the recipients.  It is now imperative that you ensure that the email address we have from when you joined is correct. 

The following exceptions apply:

  • New membership packets, except those currently on USPS restricted list.
  • Contest Top Dawg winners (requires Rollo Dog tag to be mailed)


All other certificates, such as Contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Rag Chewers, will be in pdf form.

Thanks to all for making this a great club, the best in the world!

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Certificate Mailings

B. Smith, N3XL
 

If you are absent, please raise your hand.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Jim K5SP
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:17 AM
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Certificate Mailings

 

The poll that was made available in this reflector a few weeks ago concerning the mailing of certificates is complete.  99.2 percent of the members that voted agreed with certificates be provided via email, in pdf format. 

Effective immediately, as a result of the membership poll, all certificates will be sent to the recipients.  It is now imperative that you ensure that the email address we have from when you joined is correct. 

The following exceptions apply:

  • New membership packets, except those currently on USPS restricted list.
  • Contest Top Dawg winners (requires Rollo Dog tag to be mailed)


All other certificates, such as Contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Rag Chewers, will be in pdf form.

Thanks to all for making this a great club, the best in the world!

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director

 


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Bill Smith, N3XL


Re: 10 METERS

Steve Olivieri
 

I know this post is from yesterday (Tuesday), but I'll keep my radio on and listen to 28.120 psk31 while working from home.

73 de N1TYH (Steve)


On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:38 PM Dave Tucker Nu4N <dwtucker19@...> wrote:
ANYONE DOING PSK ON 10 TODay??
73
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Dave NU4N #1657


portable testing

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Thanks to all the folks who got on the air and looked for my signal!

I think I was on the air for maybe two hours. I went QRV on 20m just a bit before 2200Z. Went QRT just a bit before 0000Z.

A brief description of my setup:

All of the following is set up in an Audi Allroad - a small station wagon. The operator’s station occupies half the rear seat, and the radio gear sits on the flipped down half of the rest of the rear seat.

Station details:
* Acer laptop running Win 10 (for my home station, I use a Raspberry Pi 3 computer with a HUGE monitor.) PSK31 software is fldigi.
* SignaLink USB external sound card. (same as I use for home station, and in fact stolen from home station)
* Elecraft KX3 (stolen from home station)
* Elecraft KXPA100 linear amp (also stolen from home station)
* 35AH group U1 battery for power
* Tarheel Little Tarheel II antenna with two Buddipole extension arms (22” apiece), plus a long telescoping Buddipole whip, total whip length of a little over 13 feet. The Tarheel is mounted on a huge Tram magmount with three HUGE magnets, Model 268. So my antenna is sort of a fusion betwee Buddipole bits and Tarheel bits, which I think of as the Franken-Tarheel. On top of my car the end of the whip soars to astounding heights. Passersby goggled at the antenna. One dog barked at it.

All the radio gear fits into a moderate size Lowepro bag. The longest bit of antenna is the Tarheel antenna base on the magmount, which I just put upright into the wayback of the car. Unpacking everything and setting up took me about 15 minutes. I don’t try to drive down the road with the antenna and whip on the car!

I just have the up/down switch to adjust the Tarheel, which I tune using a RigExpert analyzer. It’s less than a couple of minutes to set up or shift bands with this arrangement. Maybe in the future I’ll get a more sophisticated controller but for now this works. If I were going to change bands a lot, or even QSY within a band, some sort of antenna controller would be important, as the Tarheel has very high Q and the bandwidth is extremely narrow and even relatively small changes in frequency require changes. Even with the much longer than stock whip, it’s a very brief blip of the switch to get the antenna from, say, an SWR of 2:1 down to 1.3:1.

Things I will do differently (this section might also be titled “#$%^%$ Learning Experiences”:
* I will lay out some power routing from the battery to the flipped down seat, a rigrunner or equivalent, so that I am not twisting around in the seat trying to plug things in.
* Routing the antenna feedline and control cables thru the open rear hatch is not a very good plan if it’s windy and raining.
* routing the antenna feedline and control cables thru the popped up sunroof vent works surprisingly well even if its raining hard, but a bit of tarp to cover the gap (maybe with magnets in the corners to hold it in plae) would solve all the problems.
* Boy, it sure would be handy to have the radio in some sort of go box so that setup become attach antenna, attach power, turn it on, QRV.
* setting up the antenna in the pouring rain is a pain. I have a sudden strong desire to buy a small converted Sprinter van and install the radio and antenna permanently, and then this sort of stuff would be so much simpler (and I could brew coffee while on the air).

All that said I think things went really well. In that two hours of operation I made maybe six or twelve contacts (I haven’t looked at the log yet). PSKReporter shows spots not just on the west coast but also in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, and up and down the East coast, and up in Alaska as well. Not too shabby a performance.

I will have to figure out how to use my phone as a wifi hotspot, so I can do QRZ lookups from the laptop to populate log entries in fldigi.

But all in all I think I am pretty much ready to go for CN98 and CN96.

Thanks again to all the folks who helped me test!

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


Re: Certificate Mailings

bowerjohn41 <poppajohnbower@...>
 

Jim
When mailing certificates, stickers etc we used to access QRZ for the current addresses of members.
This also gave us a formatted mailing label.
There were only two or three overseas members that did not disclose their current mailing address and an email to them quickly resolved that.
Best Wishes,
John KE4JB


On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 8:17 AM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
The poll that was made available in this reflector a few weeks ago concerning the mailing of certificates is complete.  99.2 percent of the members that voted agreed with certificates be provided via email, in pdf format. 

Effective immediately, as a result of the membership poll, all certificates will be sent to the recipients.  It is now imperative that you ensure that the email address we have from when you joined is correct. 

The following exceptions apply:

  • New membership packets, except those currently on USPS restricted list.
  • Contest Top Dawg winners (requires Rollo Dog tag to be mailed)


All other certificates, such as Contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Rag Chewers, will be in pdf form.

Thanks to all for making this a great club, the best in the world!

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Certificate Mailings

Jim K5SP
 

The poll that was made available in this reflector a few weeks ago concerning the mailing of certificates is complete.  99.2 percent of the members that voted agreed with certificates be provided via email, in pdf format. 

Effective immediately, as a result of the membership poll, all certificates will be sent to the recipients.  It is now imperative that you ensure that the email address we have from when you joined is correct. 

The following exceptions apply:

  • New membership packets, except those currently on USPS restricted list.
  • Contest Top Dawg winners (requires Rollo Dog tag to be mailed)


All other certificates, such as Contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Rag Chewers, will be in pdf form.

Thanks to all for making this a great club, the best in the world!

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Trying 6m again

stan W9SMR
 

DXMaps alert shows Es opening from mid-west to Texas.

Calling on 50,291.8 kHz from NE Indiana EN71nr.

00:40

73,
Stan
W9SMR/9



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From: main@070Club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io> on behalf of Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2020 10:19 AM
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Trying 6m again

Trying 6m again about 50.290 +1250 at 1420 UTC. Will CQ for a bit. Hope to see you on the waterfall!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Rick - N7WE
 

Looking forward to that full report Paul.  Did you have fun?  I'll bet you did!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Rick - N7WE
 

Make haste to DM17 Eric!  Seriously, sure hope you make it over there as I (and a lot of others) need that grid.  Post here if we can help with questions.  Especially about what you need to buy for your setup!!!!  I love spending other people's money - hi hi.
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

QRT now. From my point of view this was a surprising success! 

Thanks to everyone who looked for my signal!

Full report in a little while. Next stop is CN98!

-p

On Jun 16, 2020, at 4:06 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

Now giving 40m a try. 7070+1000

-p

On Jun 16, 2020, at 3:48 PM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just worked Paul W7PFB/P  at 2234 UTC on his shake down trip.  He was near 14.071.135.  Gave him a 469 with QSB and he sent 569.  His portable setup is working fine.  Think he will be planning a trip to CN98 in the near future.  Thank you Paul!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Rick - N7WE
 

No joy here tonight Paul.  40m PSK freqs are filled with spanish language SSB QRM.  It happens.  Sorry! Would have liked to work you.  Hope you made some other contacts.
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Eric <radio@...>
 

I worked him at 21:51 and he was a good, solid, clean 100% honest 549 here in Southern California.  I am following Paul with avid interest hoping to glean some tips and tricks for my attempt to activate DM17 in California and Nevada.  Some QRM when an errant FT8 signal came up right over the top of him.

I look forward to his trip to CN98 because I do not have that one confirmed.


Another country heard from,
73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 16, 2020, at 3:48 PM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just worked Paul W7PFB/P  at 2234 UTC on his shake down trip.  He was near 14.071.135.  Gave him a 469 with QSB and he sent 569.  His portable setup is working fine.  Think he will be planning a trip to CN98 in the near future.  Thank you Paul!
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Now giving 40m a try. 7070+1000

-p

On Jun 16, 2020, at 3:48 PM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just worked Paul W7PFB/P  at 2234 UTC on his shake down trip.  He was near 14.071.135.  Gave him a 469 with QSB and he sent 569.  His portable setup is working fine.  Think he will be planning a trip to CN98 in the near future.  Thank you Paul!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: portable testing

Rick - N7WE
 

Just worked Paul W7PFB/P  at 2234 UTC on his shake down trip.  He was near 14.071.135.  Gave him a 469 with QSB and he sent 569.  His portable setup is working fine.  Think he will be planning a trip to CN98 in the near future.  Thank you Paul!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Files Button #poll

Bill-N7RI
 

Yes, you have to go to the page AND then sign in and you will see the files tab.
Bill
N7RI

On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 3:46 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:

Okay, I got this from another member (Paula, K7PAX).  Lee, N5SLY discovered that this was his issue, requested to join the group, and when I got it approved he now sees all the left hand side button options.

"It may be a possibility that members have subscribed to the mailing list without actually joining the group. That would explain why they don’t have access to files. You can subscribe to a mailing list via email without actually joining groups.io or a specific group."

Jim K5SP

On 6/16/2020 4:30 PM, Mike - W0TMW #2207 wrote:

I went directly to the group address and no button on the left side nor anywhere on the page or drop-down menus.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

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"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
https://amazon.com/author/m-watson (Amazon Author Page)
https://m-watson.com (Mike Watson - Writer Website)
http://www.crucis.net/1632search
On 6/16/20 1:30 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:

Thanks Tim, cannot figure out why some members are saying there is no Files button.  Maybe that is the problem.

Jim K5SP

On 6/16/2020 1:14 PM, Tim Castagnola wrote:
If I go to my general feed page I do not have a button, but if I go to the specific group I do.

Tim
KM6KIZ

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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director

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Mike - W0TMW #2207

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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: portable testing

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

QRV now. Just got KG6MGS.

-p

On Jun 16, 2020, at 2:08 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@butzi.net> wrote:

I’ve got my portable station loaded up into the car. My plan is to drive to a local park, set up, and operate for a while (Maybe an hour?) to try to shake the last bugs out so that I am good to go up to CN97 and try from there.

I’m hoping to be QRV by 2200Z on 20m. I will aim for 14070+1000 or so, plus or minus for QRM. Hopefully some folks will be able to look for my signal and connect.

Pics and a description of what I’m using will follow.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!




Re: Files Button #poll

Mike - W0TMW #2207
 

OTOH, I joined the group when it was first formed and I don't see the button. However...when I followed the 'vote here' link, the button was there.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

--

"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
https://amazon.com/author/m-watson (Amazon Author Page)
https://m-watson.com (Mike Watson - Writer Website)
http://www.crucis.net/1632search
On 6/16/20 4:46 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:

Okay, I got this from another member (Paula, K7PAX).  Lee, N5SLY discovered that this was his issue, requested to join the group, and when I got it approved he now sees all the left hand side button options.

"It may be a possibility that members have subscribed to the mailing list without actually joining the group. That would explain why they don’t have access to files. You can subscribe to a mailing list via email without actually joining groups.io or a specific group."

Jim K5SP

On 6/16/2020 4:30 PM, Mike - W0TMW #2207 wrote:

I went directly to the group address and no button on the left side nor anywhere on the page or drop-down menus.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

--

"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
https://amazon.com/author/m-watson (Amazon Author Page)
https://m-watson.com (Mike Watson - Writer Website)
http://www.crucis.net/1632search
On 6/16/20 1:30 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:

Thanks Tim, cannot figure out why some members are saying there is no Files button.  Maybe that is the problem.

Jim K5SP

On 6/16/2020 1:14 PM, Tim Castagnola wrote:
If I go to my general feed page I do not have a button, but if I go to the specific group I do.

Tim
KM6KIZ

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director

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Mike - W0TMW #2207

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director

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Mike - W0TMW #2207


Re: Files Button #poll

Jim K5SP
 

Okay, I got this from another member (Paula, K7PAX).  Lee, N5SLY discovered that this was his issue, requested to join the group, and when I got it approved he now sees all the left hand side button options.

"It may be a possibility that members have subscribed to the mailing list without actually joining the group. That would explain why they don’t have access to files. You can subscribe to a mailing list via email without actually joining groups.io or a specific group."

Jim K5SP

On 6/16/2020 4:30 PM, Mike - W0TMW #2207 wrote:

I went directly to the group address and no button on the left side nor anywhere on the page or drop-down menus.

Mike - W0TMW #2207

--

"Lose not thy airspeed, lest the ground rises up and smites thee."
  -- William Kershner
https://amazon.com/author/m-watson (Amazon Author Page)
https://m-watson.com (Mike Watson - Writer Website)
http://www.crucis.net/1632search
On 6/16/20 1:30 PM, Jim K5SP wrote:

Thanks Tim, cannot figure out why some members are saying there is no Files button.  Maybe that is the problem.

Jim K5SP

On 6/16/2020 1:14 PM, Tim Castagnola wrote:
If I go to my general feed page I do not have a button, but if I go to the specific group I do.

Tim
KM6KIZ

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director

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Mike - W0TMW #2207

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Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director

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