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Re: VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

Jerry N9AVY
 

Internal battery maybe ???


Jerry  n9avy

On Sunday, August 8, 2021, 05:43:49 AM CDT, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...> wrote:


I think I may be waving off for today. The FT-857 won't stay in transmit mode--it clicks in and then immediately clicks out. I've checked the SWR and it's good.

Unless I can figure it out quickly, today is likely to be a bust. Sorry.

73,
Steve
VQ9HF


-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...>
To: 070club@groups.io <070club@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Aug 7, 2021 11:59 am
Subject: [070Club] VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

I'm currently on a business trip to Diego Garcia, the seventh time I've been here in the past 9 years. Unfortunately, this trip is much more intensive than the previous ones--working six days a week, 10+ hours per day, up at 0500 every day--so finding time to play radio (when I should really be sleeping) is difficult. But I'm going to try and get on the air tomorrow. 

I'll plan on trying between 0800z and 1800z. I will focus mostly on 20m, though I could try others if propagation is better. I probably won't be on for all ten hours straight, but I'll try to call CQ every 15 minutes or so (starting at the top of the hour). I'll also try and post when I'm on the air, and when I take a break for meals.

Station is an FT-857 with the ground-mounted center-loaded vertical that I've used on all my previous APEs and other portable operations. (This is the original AD5X antenna from July 2002 QST.) I'll be operating from my quarters, as I had done on previous trips. In fact, the pictures on the groups.io site under "VQ9HF Trip" are pretty much accurate for this trip also. 

Steve
VQ9HF


Re: VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

Stephen Melachrinos
 

I think I may be waving off for today. The FT-857 won't stay in transmit mode--it clicks in and then immediately clicks out. I've checked the SWR and it's good.

Unless I can figure it out quickly, today is likely to be a bust. Sorry.

73,
Steve
VQ9HF


-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...>
To: 070club@groups.io <070club@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Aug 7, 2021 11:59 am
Subject: [070Club] VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

I'm currently on a business trip to Diego Garcia, the seventh time I've been here in the past 9 years. Unfortunately, this trip is much more intensive than the previous ones--working six days a week, 10+ hours per day, up at 0500 every day--so finding time to play radio (when I should really be sleeping) is difficult. But I'm going to try and get on the air tomorrow. 

I'll plan on trying between 0800z and 1800z. I will focus mostly on 20m, though I could try others if propagation is better. I probably won't be on for all ten hours straight, but I'll try to call CQ every 15 minutes or so (starting at the top of the hour). I'll also try and post when I'm on the air, and when I take a break for meals.

Station is an FT-857 with the ground-mounted center-loaded vertical that I've used on all my previous APEs and other portable operations. (This is the original AD5X antenna from July 2002 QST.) I'll be operating from my quarters, as I had done on previous trips. In fact, the pictures on the groups.io site under "VQ9HF Trip" are pretty much accurate for this trip also. 

Steve
VQ9HF


Re: contact with W4KRN

JoAnn Donaldson
 


I used to belong to the Roanoke Ham Club. I was on the committee for a couple of the Ham Fest. Did you have to run into Ray AB4YZ. he and I did a HF contact when I got AB8YZ after I moved to West Virginia.

JoAnn
AB8YZ

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, 2:07:55 PM CDT, Fr Richard R via groups.io <rickocr2005@...> wrote:


I was at the Roanoke hamfest for a few this morning. 

Fr Richard 
WB8YXF 

Glory to God

On Sat, Aug 7, 2021 at 15:00, Steve Prior
<prior.stephen@...> wrote:
Just had a brief chat with Karen. This goes back a long way in the "early days" of psk and 070 club,

The magic of radio talking to old friends after some many years ago. One of few EyeBall QSO's - met up at a HamFest in Va.


Great time -

73,
Steve
N3UYI
070 # 92
LONP # 13


Re: contact with W4KRN

Fr Richard R
 

I was at the Roanoke hamfest for a few this morning. 

Fr Richard 
WB8YXF 

Glory to God

On Sat, Aug 7, 2021 at 15:00, Steve Prior
<prior.stephen@...> wrote:
Just had a brief chat with Karen. This goes back a long way in the "early days" of psk and 070 club,

The magic of radio talking to old friends after some many years ago. One of few EyeBall QSO's - met up at a HamFest in Va.


Great time -

73,
Steve
N3UYI
070 # 92
LONP # 13


contact with W4KRN

Steve Prior
 

Just had a brief chat with Karen. This goes back a long way in the "early days" of psk and 070 club,

The magic of radio talking to old friends after some many years ago. One of few EyeBall QSO's - met up at a HamFest in Va.


Great time -

73,
Steve
N3UYI
070 # 92
LONP # 13


Re: VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

Rick - N7WE
 

Steve-
I will definitely be looking for you!  Diego Garcia would be an ATNO for me.  There maybe some hope as I saw Reunion Is. strong this morning - about 1400 UTC.  But he couldn't hear me.  If I see your trace, I will put more "fire in the wire!"  Hope to work you!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

Jerry N9AVY
 

Hi Steve !

Worked you on Diego Garcia back in 2017.  TU !   

Will watch for you while you're there , but don't hold much hopewith propagation being what it is and your schedule As well.  Probably best chance for me is between 1100 and 1800 UTC on 20m.  Wish 15m was workable, but not until Cycle 25 improves.  15m was always a "money band" for Africa & Indian Ocean contacts.

Have fun while you're on Diego Garcia !!!


73,  Jerry  NAVY  #454

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, 10:59:08 AM CDT, Stephen Melachrinos via groups.io <melachri@...> wrote:


I'm currently on a business trip to Diego Garcia, the seventh time I've been here in the past 9 years. Unfortunately, this trip is much more intensive than the previous ones--working six days a week, 10+ hours per day, up at 0500 every day--so finding time to play radio (when I should really be sleeping) is difficult. But I'm going to try and get on the air tomorrow. 

I'll plan on trying between 0800z and 1800z. I will focus mostly on 20m, though I could try others if propagation is better. I probably won't be on for all ten hours straight, but I'll try to call CQ every 15 minutes or so (starting at the top of the hour). I'll also try and post when I'm on the air, and when I take a break for meals.

Station is an FT-857 with the ground-mounted center-loaded vertical that I've used on all my previous APEs and other portable operations. (This is the original AD5X antenna from July 2002 QST.) I'll be operating from my quarters, as I had done on previous trips. In fact, the pictures on the groups.io site under "VQ9HF Trip" are pretty much accurate for this trip also. 

Steve
VQ9HF


VQ9HF APE operation tomorrow

Stephen Melachrinos
 

I'm currently on a business trip to Diego Garcia, the seventh time I've been here in the past 9 years. Unfortunately, this trip is much more intensive than the previous ones--working six days a week, 10+ hours per day, up at 0500 every day--so finding time to play radio (when I should really be sleeping) is difficult. But I'm going to try and get on the air tomorrow. 

I'll plan on trying between 0800z and 1800z. I will focus mostly on 20m, though I could try others if propagation is better. I probably won't be on for all ten hours straight, but I'll try to call CQ every 15 minutes or so (starting at the top of the hour). I'll also try and post when I'm on the air, and when I take a break for meals.

Station is an FT-857 with the ground-mounted center-loaded vertical that I've used on all my previous APEs and other portable operations. (This is the original AD5X antenna from July 2002 QST.) I'll be operating from my quarters, as I had done on previous trips. In fact, the pictures on the groups.io site under "VQ9HF Trip" are pretty much accurate for this trip also. 

Steve
VQ9HF


Re: N6MG on the air

KN4ZXG
 

Had trouble decoding but got him in the books.  Actually looks like he's coming thru a little better to my QTH now as I see him working other ops.


Milt still copying in IL

Jerry N9AVY
 

1545 UTC and Milt is still loud on 20m.  

Doing a good job of putting APE on the air , Milt !

Jerry  N9AVY  #454


Re: N6MG on the air

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Just had my QSO with Milt.  Really weak signal here but that is expected, too close for 20 meters.  Only 50 miles away form me.  Almost never hear Milt from my QTH on 20 meters.
Good luck Milt

Bob
KK6KMU


Re: N6MG on the air

ShawnP
 

I got him too -- in spite of my poor attic dipole!  Thanks Milt!


Re: N6MG on the air

 

Yeap he got me in the log !!!
--
Dave NU4N #1657 73's


Re: N6MG on the air

 

I hope he got me in the log. Kinda weak hr in KY. Gonna try and work him agn.
--
Dave NU4N #1657 73's


Re: N6MG on the air

Jerry N9AVY
 

Milt is 599+ here in Northern IL  -  great signal !  Saw him working a couple East coast stations earlier. Another APE in the log !


Thanks Milt !

Jerry  n9avy  #454 

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, 09:17:52 AM CDT, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


Just worked him and added him to my log.  Strong into FL and I don't have a hex beam like some of my neat neighbors!  So you can work him too. He was right where John spotted him.  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: N6MG on the air

Rick - N7WE
 

Just worked him and added him to my log.  Strong into FL and I don't have a hex beam like some of my neat neighbors!  So you can work him too. He was right where John spotted him.  
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


N6MG on the air

 

Milt is at 14.071.480 and solid 599 into Florida

John
KC3FL


Re: APE 'ing tomorrow. -- N6MG #APE

Rick - N7WE
 

Here in the sub-tropics, I can see my neighbor John - KC3FL calling CQ on 20 and a rag chew a while ago between NC and NY.  Every once in awhile I see a trace from EU and then it disappears.  Fun to watch John's signal change as he rotates that Hex beam!  And that's about it on 20.  Oops!  FR5HA - Reunion Is. just popped up!  Answered, but he can't hear me.  Now on 40, all I saw was single FT-8 parked squarely on 7.071.  I'll hang in on 20 for a bit.  1356 UTC
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: APE 'ing tomorrow. -- N6MG #APE

K8TOM
 

I'm monitoring 20 and 40M from the left coast.  

No PSK31 traces on either band at the moment, 13:36Z


Tom
815


N6MG #APE

K8TOM
 

I don't know if Milt has internet access, but if he does, a self-spot as to band and QRG would be handy for the Ape Hunters.


Tom
815

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