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10m opening

Steve Olivieri
 

The Olivia digital group posted that there's a 10m opening and I saw the calls on 28.122.
I have a few minutes during my lunch break.   Calling out PSK31 CQ on 28.120 from Central MA (FN42dg)..
de Steve, N1TYH


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Rick - N7WE
 

RRR Eric.  What did we do before Google Earth?  Oh I remember, they were called USGS topo maps!  hi hi.  Life is lots easier these days.

On 6/18/2020 13:27, Eric wrote:
Rick,

This has been a major consideration for me in the planning stages of my grid expedition.  Google Earth has been pretty cool for finding eastern slopes and good eastern horizons.

Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 18, 2020, at 10:20 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.


--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Eric <radio@...>
 

Rick,

This has been a major consideration for me in the planning stages of my grid expedition.  Google Earth has been pretty cool for finding eastern slopes and good eastern horizons.

Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 18, 2020, at 10:20 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Rick - N7WE
 

Paul-
The only WA grid I still need is CN98.  So I will definitely be searching for your Grid-pedition! 

For times, John - KC3FL nailed it for what works for us here in FL on 20m.  But, he has a much better antenna setup than my miserly HOA compatible vertical.  When we worked during your shakedown I have it as 2234 and your signal got MUCH stronger after that as you were working others.  So I'd generalize that 2200 to 0000 is best for me.  I don't know if 40m will be doable due to the SSB interference.  If they are on, it blanks 7.070 to 7.072.  With just the vertical, there is no way to null them out.  Sigh!   But they aren't always on.  After about 0000, 20m is usually pretty much closed for me, so 40m might be worth a try if we can't make it on 20m.  I'm retired so any day of the week works for me.  

If you do Mt. Rainier, I'll be trying to work you even though I don't need the grid.  Are you thinking Sunrise Visitor Center?  That should be a great location for working to the east and south.

I'd love to do the Washington coast again...even if I didn't manage one Q!  I found working from the Washington and Oregon coast was tough to the east, as the Coast Range often made things difficult to impossible.  Japan, Hawaii, and some of the rarer ones in Oceania were fun though, as they are not easy from Florida.  But with the Franken-Tarheel it might be a different story.  Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.

Looking forward to your launch announcement and the after-action report when you are back home.  Good Luck and Great Fun to you!  73,
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Saturday event

Bo W4GHV
 

I have the date, time, freqs OK. But where is the rest of the info?  Exchange? 
I'm going to try it and the Asian CW contest.

73,Bo W4GHV since '54
new member.  
Now to find the paper with my# on it. Finding my glasses is the hard part.

Note:   Please send your # with spaces on both sides for easy mouse capture with fldigi.


Re: TDW results link

Bo W4GHV
 

Loved all the categories!  Gave me a chance of being closer to the top than bottom. 🤔👍🤔👍
Bo W4GHV 


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Eric <radio@...>
 

Paul,

Any day of the week is good with me - as long as I have the heads up.

I have worked all grids in Washington in one mode or another, but I do not have LotW confirmation on CN76 or CN98.

As far as PODX 070 #s go, I’d need to check and get back to you.

Thanks for making this effort!

Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 18, 2020, at 6:50 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@butzi.net> wrote:

All right, sports fans, I think I’m ready to take a swing at this.

The plan will be to head out to a small park in Granite Falls, WA which is just barely in the SW corner of CN98. I’ve never seen the park, never been to Granite Falls, but I have checked aerial imagery of the spot and it looks like there’s a modest parking lot that is clear of overhead trees, public toilets, and easy access. I’m even hoping for cell phone coverage.

Here’s what I need to know: what time of day do you all think is most promising? I was thinking 2100Z to perhaps 0100Z or perhaps even later if conditions are good. Suggestions on bands to try would be helpful as well, so I can be prepared with Tarheel settings.

Suggestions on days of the week folks would find most useful are also welcome.

And finally, if you’re chasing grids and there are grids in WA state you need, let me know. Looking at Steve’s list of grids it looks to me like CN96 might be worth a trip (it helps that Mt. Rainier NP lies in CN96, and it’s a beautiful spot).

But also there are a bunch of grids along the WA coast that seem like they might be worth a trip, although for PODXS070 purposes they are excluded because it’s only a wee sliver of land that lies within the grid. But I am intrepid and have spent a great deal of time photographing on the coast, and I think it should be possible to work from those grids. I’m thinking CN76, CN77, CN78 are all possibilities if I make a trip to the coast.

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





Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

 

Paul,

I've worked several west coast stations on 20 from Central Florida between 22:00 and 01:00 during the past week and have seen activity as late as 02:00.  Don't know if that helps but that's what I've seen.  I need CN98 so will be looking for you, also need DN08
John
KC3FL


Re: 6 Meters 1440 Z

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

Made one on 10 Meters, WD4GZW.  Will be on and off between chores...

Steve


6 Meters 1440 Z

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

Anyone want to try 6M this morning?  I am calling at 50.290 for a bit.  Ig no luck I will move to 10.  (50.290 and 28.120)

Steve
VA3FLF


Grid-pedition to CN98

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

All right, sports fans, I think I’m ready to take a swing at this.

The plan will be to head out to a small park in Granite Falls, WA which is just barely in the SW corner of CN98. I’ve never seen the park, never been to Granite Falls, but I have checked aerial imagery of the spot and it looks like there’s a modest parking lot that is clear of overhead trees, public toilets, and easy access. I’m even hoping for cell phone coverage.

Here’s what I need to know: what time of day do you all think is most promising? I was thinking 2100Z to perhaps 0100Z or perhaps even later if conditions are good. Suggestions on bands to try would be helpful as well, so I can be prepared with Tarheel settings.

Suggestions on days of the week folks would find most useful are also welcome.

And finally, if you’re chasing grids and there are grids in WA state you need, let me know. Looking at Steve’s list of grids it looks to me like CN96 might be worth a trip (it helps that Mt. Rainier NP lies in CN96, and it’s a beautiful spot).

But also there are a bunch of grids along the WA coast that seem like they might be worth a trip, although for PODXS070 purposes they are excluded because it’s only a wee sliver of land that lies within the grid. But I am intrepid and have spent a great deal of time photographing on the coast, and I think it should be possible to work from those grids. I’m thinking CN76, CN77, CN78 are all possibilities if I make a trip to the coast.

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


Re: Portable operation photos

Rick - N7WE
 

Thanks for the great pics Paul.  Sounds like the shakedown went very well and other than some minor rearranging you are ready for launch!  Engineering and testing your /P setup is lots of fun, but it is only the beginning!  Let us know when you'll be doing your Grid-peditions.  You'll have a blast and there will be many, many who will thank you!  Including me.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


TDW results link

David, K9DWR
 

I'm sure many of you have noticed the email I sent out with a link to the TDW
results on podxs070.com:
http://www.podxs070.com/images/pdf/2020_TDW_Results.pdf

I emailed this out to everyone that participated, particularly because there
were many non-members who would not have access to the email reflector. This
should also help those of you on the reflector that aren't seeing the "files"
area.

This is going back a bit to the "way things were" before the automated setups,
but I think it's a reasonable stop-gap while we try to get things back on
track.

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


Re: 6m Es - CQing now

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

I was calling also, didnt hear you. Opening was fair late morning today. Made a SSB contact. It seems like I am always a little too far north for all the big openings. I know FT8 was open to EU around 10-11 but nothing here.

Steve
VA3FLF
2301

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 02:00:01 p.m. EDT, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


Nothing.  QRT at 1800 UTC.  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Certificate Mailings

bowerjohn41 <poppajohnbower@...>
 

Jerry and Jim,
I used to use the Google sheet keeping it open as well as QRZ copy and past call to QRZ copy the address and print on the little Brother Label printer. It went quite quickly.

Thanks Jerry for the wishes. I miss you all but keep up with goings on  the reflector.
Just sold my TS2000 to CA. Still have my trusty Navigator and IMD meter looking for a new home.

73 John KE4JB


On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 1:11 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
John :

Good to hear from you ! You are missed . Hope you are doing well .

Jerry N9AVY
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 09:34:53 AM CDT, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


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


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


Re: 6m Es - CQing now

Rick - N7WE
 

Nothing.  QRT at 1800 UTC.  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: 6m Es - CQing now

Rick - N7WE
 

1717 UTC - nothing heard.  Will resume calling, same freq at 1745 UTC.  Hope to cu there!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Certificate Mailings

Jerry N9AVY
 

John :

Good to hear from you ! You are missed . Hope you are doing well .

Jerry N9AVY

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 09:34:53 AM CDT, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


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


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


Re: Portable operation photos

Eric <radio@...>
 

Paul,

Wow!  Very cool operation.  Thank you for sharing.

I was so excited to see you in the waterfall I forgot to check my drive levels for PSK. Afterwards I noticed that I was pretty overdriven.  Apologies to you and anyone else in the waterfall who may have noticed an extra wide signal.  Opps.  Oh well, I’m still smiling and having fun ;-)

I look forward to your future grid activations!

Another country heard from,
73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 17, 2020, at 9:28 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

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:
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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!

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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.

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



Re: 6m Es - CQing now

Rick - N7WE
 

Darn 5 key keeps sticking.   Make that 50.291.1
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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