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KC9UR POTA Portable APE Tall Tale Report Posted

Bob KC9UR
 

Stan, W9SMR and I would like to thank everyone who worked us!  We had a great time and enjoyed every one of the 202 total QSOs.  In spite of the current poor propagation, a record 20 070 APE Hunters bagged us on three or more bands, and have nice certificates coming in the mail.  We also enjoyed QSOs with many POTA hunters, had a number of POTA Park-to-Park QSOs and several Park-to-Lighthouse QSOs (it was International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend).  As Stan likes to say, it's not the propagation, it's the participation - thanks so much for yours!  I've posted our "Tall Tales" report which includes pictures, log, and a listing of the certificate winners in the "APE Tall Tales" folder in the Files section.  Thanks again.

Bob, KC9UR


Re: Limited space antennas

Chuck M
 

Thanks for the feedback.  Have looked at the MyAntennas EFHW 8010 model.  It's around 130 feet long.  Might work on a long and narrow piece of property. 

Do like to run SSB now and then for QPs and such.

73
Chuck
KD9DVB


On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 9:24:08 PM EDT, Ron Bosch <boschfamily@...> wrote:


Chuck,
I live in an HOA controlled neighbourhood.  I run a 135 ft end fed random with 2, 15-foot counterpoise wires.  It is runup through a stand-off from my chimney at about 20 feet down to my 10-foot high fence, and around the fence line of the property.  It is invisible from the street, and seems to work well for PSK, FT8, VARA HF, and ARDOP from 80 through 6 M.  It is less effective for SSB, as it is very noisy, and, strangely enough, I get almost no NVIS off of it.  I do have some Common Mode issues on 80M with it that I am currently (pun intended) chasing.

Ron
KE4DRF


On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 6:49 PM Chuck M via groups.io <cam51mail=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Currently living in the country on several acres.  Have plenty of room to stretch out an Alpha Delta DX-CC multi-band dipole, and use a 33 ft Gap Challenger vertical with the guy stakes out around 30 ft from the base.

We're looking to move sometime in the next couple of years and will need to change to antennas that can fit in a much smaller footprint.   The XYL wants some type of waterfront property, so space will be tight.  Need to give her some ideas on what is needed.  Assuming I'll be able to get a VHF / UHF on the roof somewhere.

Hoping the group can give some good suggestions based on their experience.  Like to have 80 through 10 meters, but will settle for 40 through 10.  No ideas at this point on how many trees we'd have, orientation, etc.

Thanks for your help.

73s
Chuck
KD9DVB


Re: Limited space antennas

Ron Bosch
 

Chuck,
I live in an HOA controlled neighbourhood.  I run a 135 ft end fed random with 2, 15-foot counterpoise wires.  It is runup through a stand-off from my chimney at about 20 feet down to my 10-foot high fence, and around the fence line of the property.  It is invisible from the street, and seems to work well for PSK, FT8, VARA HF, and ARDOP from 80 through 6 M.  It is less effective for SSB, as it is very noisy, and, strangely enough, I get almost no NVIS off of it.  I do have some Common Mode issues on 80M with it that I am currently (pun intended) chasing.

Ron
KE4DRF


On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 6:49 PM Chuck M via groups.io <cam51mail=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Currently living in the country on several acres.  Have plenty of room to stretch out an Alpha Delta DX-CC multi-band dipole, and use a 33 ft Gap Challenger vertical with the guy stakes out around 30 ft from the base.

We're looking to move sometime in the next couple of years and will need to change to antennas that can fit in a much smaller footprint.   The XYL wants some type of waterfront property, so space will be tight.  Need to give her some ideas on what is needed.  Assuming I'll be able to get a VHF / UHF on the roof somewhere.

Hoping the group can give some good suggestions based on their experience.  Like to have 80 through 10 meters, but will settle for 40 through 10.  No ideas at this point on how many trees we'd have, orientation, etc.

Thanks for your help.

73s
Chuck
KD9DVB


Limited space antennas

Chuck M
 

Currently living in the country on several acres.  Have plenty of room to stretch out an Alpha Delta DX-CC multi-band dipole, and use a 33 ft Gap Challenger vertical with the guy stakes out around 30 ft from the base.

We're looking to move sometime in the next couple of years and will need to change to antennas that can fit in a much smaller footprint.   The XYL wants some type of waterfront property, so space will be tight.  Need to give her some ideas on what is needed.  Assuming I'll be able to get a VHF / UHF on the roof somewhere.

Hoping the group can give some good suggestions based on their experience.  Like to have 80 through 10 meters, but will settle for 40 through 10.  No ideas at this point on how many trees we'd have, orientation, etc.

Thanks for your help.

73s
Chuck
KD9DVB


Member Files

Jim K5SP
 

We are progressing in our efforts to "move" more items from the hamclubs.info site.

On our website, there is a new menu item, Member Files. We will be moving more and more information to this page as time permits.

As of today, you can download a CSV file of our membership by clicking the button on the page.  This has been tested on various browsers, and no problems have been noted.   I use Firefox, and when I click the button I get a dialog box that asks if I want to open or save the file.  I have used both options, and it gets saved to my hard drive.  I also have selected to open with Excel, open with Notepad, and those options also work fine.   It has been tested on a Mac also.

Please bear in mind, that the data is for your personal use, such as setting alarms on software etc.  Please do not share the membership data with others.

Let me know if there are any issues with obtaining the data.

Now on to the next issues, which pertain to the LONP Member info page.

73

Jim K5SP


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


Re: Awards question

Jerry N9AVY
 

It appears to be a "bug" in old system. Am seeing a lot of repeats on upgrades (only enter once please as it only confuses me !)

In time it will all be fixed as David has tim to work on it.

Have been under the weather the past 2 weeks or so. Please bear with me. If anyone has questions direct them directly to me because I'm keep a huge spreadsheet of upgrades.

Jerry N9AVY

On Monday, August 31, 2020, 02:18:33 PM CDT, K4VBM <ptcorners@...> wrote:


Lately, I after I have uploaded my file for awards processing, I apply
for the new awards that I qualify for,
but the next time I look (days later), the awards are no longer in the
applied-for state, and I end up applying again.
Is this a bug, or is there something that I missed?

Bob
K4VBM (Very Bad Memory)




Awards question

GA - Bob - K4VBM
 

Lately, I after I have uploaded my file for awards processing, I apply for the new awards that I qualify for,
but the next time I look (days later), the awards are no longer in the applied-for state, and I end up applying again.
Is this a bug, or is there something that I missed?

Bob
K4VBM (Very Bad Memory)


Re: Qrp award

Jerry N9AVY
 

Someone running less than 5 watts. If you work me, ask and I'll reduce power.

Jerry n9avy

On Sunday, August 30, 2020, 04:41:33 PM CDT, Dave Tucker Nu4N <dwtucker19@...> wrote:


Who do I contact for the qrp contact award .
Thanks 73

--
Dave NU4N #1657


Qrp award

 

Who do I contact for the qrp contact award .
Thanks 73

--
Dave NU4N #1657


#APE AUGUST APE Season is over for 2020. Thanks for the support. #APE

DAVE KB3RAN 1692/381
 

I'm thinking that APE  activity was off a bit this year due to Coronavirus restrictions but the support for the 2 APE'S sure wasn't off.  There was a lot of spotting, email sharing and general support for our APE's and it was appreciated.  It's nice to know that there are stations waiting for you to get on the air so they can get the APE contact then spot it on the networks.  I'm awaiting the APE  report from KC9UR Bob  and W9SMR/9 Stan.  It should be a good one since they are so experienced in doing APE's.

I want to thank all the members who went out of their way to help with the APE  Event this year.  And looking forward to my expedition to Labrador and Newfoundland next year.  I hope you are thinking of how you can get portable next year and do your own August PSK Expedition 2021.

See you on 80 next weekend.
--
Dave H KB3RAN 1692/381
PODXS070 APE Event Manager


80m Jay Hudak Sprint

 

I think, regardless of how crowded that segment is, we should get on, and have a good time with our 80m Sprint.
Back in the day...when I was the contest manager, we used to have "New Member Jamboree's" every100 new members. The scoring was crazy!...Number of QSO's X SPC's X the sum total of all the 070 member numbers you worked = Final score, or something like that...
How else could Jerry get at least a million points? Hi Hi
It was time for another "New Member Jamboree", and Jay, N3DQU, Charlie, K8IJ and I couldn't find a clear date on the world's contest calendar. So, what wound up was the "80 Meter Sprint" becoming the "Jay Hudak 80m Sprint". For those few that wonder who he was, Jay was 070-0001, with a membership date of 9/21/2000.
Back in my hole...
Milt.
N6MG
070-650
LONP #76
W6QP - Trustee
070-1454
LONP #207


N3AO

Stephen Melachrinos
 

Yesterday I worked an old friend on 40m PSK, Carter N3AO. He's relatively new to PSK, and had been trying unsuccessfully to make a contact. His signal was good, so I believe his software and radio settings are good--I think he's just not finding people. Maybe it's propagation, maybe it's his choice of bands (he was on 40m in the early afternoon), maybe it's just that there are fewer active PSK operators now than there used to be.

If anyone sees him calling CQ, please give him a call and welcome him to the PSK community. Maybe we'll even be able to recruit him to the club!

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: 80 mtrs

 

Wasn't aware of the contest.  Hopefully we'll be in the clear next week end.  Whatever the case it looked like there was good propagation on 80.

John
KC3FL


Re: 80 mtrs

Bo W4GHV
 

And FT4 


Re: 80 mtrs

Leland Sly
 

Opps...sorry John.  I went back and reread your email and looked and sure enough there was a lot of FT4 activity on 3.580.  Hopefully it's just the contest this weekend.

Forgive me.

73

Lee N5SLY


On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 9:07 PM Leland Sly via groups.io <lee.n5sly=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I believe the "default" frequencies for these digital modes are these...

3.570 USB JT65
3.572 USB JT9
3.573 USB FT8
3.575 USB FT4
3.580 USB PSK

So it doesn't appear to me that there will be a problem next weekend.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 8:52 PM Leland Sly via groups.io <lee.n5sly=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's actually FT8.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 8:50 PM John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

I took a look at 80 meters around 01:00 z tonight, and 3.578 to 3.582 was wall to wall FT4.  If they are there next week end we will have a tough time with our sprint.  Any suggestions on how we should handle this?  It was clear from 3.583 to 3.587 but not sure if any other mode uses this section.

John
KC3FL


Re: 80 mtrs

Leland Sly
 

I believe the "default" frequencies for these digital modes are these...

3.570 USB JT65
3.572 USB JT9
3.573 USB FT8
3.575 USB FT4
3.580 USB PSK

So it doesn't appear to me that there will be a problem next weekend.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 8:52 PM Leland Sly via groups.io <lee.n5sly=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
It's actually FT8.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 8:50 PM John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

I took a look at 80 meters around 01:00 z tonight, and 3.578 to 3.582 was wall to wall FT4.  If they are there next week end we will have a tough time with our sprint.  Any suggestions on how we should handle this?  It was clear from 3.583 to 3.587 but not sure if any other mode uses this section.

John
KC3FL


Re: 80 mtrs

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

I think this weekend was some contest called WW DIGI DX. I think the only modes allowed were FT8 and 4. Someone in our club up here put on our reflector. Maybe that’s why so crowded.

Steve
VA3FLF


On Aug 29, 2020, at 21:50, John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl@...> wrote:



I took a look at 80 meters around 01:00 z tonight, and 3.578 to 3.582 was wall to wall FT4.  If they are there next week end we will have a tough time with our sprint.  Any suggestions on how we should handle this?  It was clear from 3.583 to 3.587 but not sure if any other mode uses this section.

John
KC3FL


Re: 80 mtrs

Leland Sly
 

It's actually FT8.

73

Lee N5SLY

On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 8:50 PM John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

I took a look at 80 meters around 01:00 z tonight, and 3.578 to 3.582 was wall to wall FT4.  If they are there next week end we will have a tough time with our sprint.  Any suggestions on how we should handle this?  It was clear from 3.583 to 3.587 but not sure if any other mode uses this section.

John
KC3FL


80 mtrs

 

I took a look at 80 meters around 01:00 z tonight, and 3.578 to 3.582 was wall to wall FT4.  If they are there next week end we will have a tough time with our sprint.  Any suggestions on how we should handle this?  It was clear from 3.583 to 3.587 but not sure if any other mode uses this section.

John
KC3FL


Jay Hudak Memorial 80M Sprint - Head's up

stan W9SMR
 

The Jay Hudak Memorial 80M Sprint is just 1 week away -

2000 UTC September 5th - 1959 UTC September 6th  2020 

Sprint Rules - your choice of any 6 hour block.  Open to all licensed radio amateurs.

For Rules and details, Rules - Jay Hudak Mwemorial 80M Sprint


Jay Hudak – KA3X was one of the founders of the 070 Club (070 #001).  He became a SK in August of 2008. The 070 Club has renamed its annual fall 80M contest in Jay’s honor, the Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint.

Frequencies: - 3.580 MHz Dial freq.

4 Power Categories:

< 5 W
< 25 W
< 50 W
< 100 W

Exchange: Callsign. RST and State/Province/Country (SPC)  eg: “W9SMR  599  IN”

Call: “CQ 80M Sprint”

All entry logs must be received within 1 week after the event ends.

73, See you on 80 M

Stan

W9SMR - 070  #1611

PODXS 070 - PR Director


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