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Re: Lousy conditions ???

Jerry N9AVY
 

Can't blame him as Iowa has nice blizzards (Not at Dairy Queen !)



From: Dan Morris <dbmorris315@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 1:16 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Lousy conditions ???

Yep, KD0CA, Jerry lives in IA but in the winter months he travels down to Harlingen, TX until the weather gets better back up in IA.  

Dan Morris  KZ3T

I live to live for Him!



On Jan 7, 2018, at 12:19 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Well ... not sure how lousy condition were because in last 2 days I processed a bunch of endorsements.  KK6KMU  made LONP  - Congrats !   A couple others added to  their LONP totals and many got grids endorsements. 

There were a couple of rejections ...  AL7MH is NOT in Alaska  ... NL13679 is NOT a valid ham call, but an SWL ID for Netherlands... and one must have a 070#  which matches up with callsign.  Oh, and KD0CA/5  is NOT in Asia !

All told, everyone did a nice job on the endorsements for bands with "lousy conditions".

Congrats all  !!!


Jerry  n9avy




Re: Antennas

Jerry N9AVY
 



Mike;

You can do that but I think it might be a mistake unless you join sections with self-tapping screws.  Oxidation can and will happen. Have taken apart many aluminum antennas and have found oxidation on joints.  A bit of cleaning and an application of No-Ox grease made them work like new.  Had a HYGain 4BTX which at the base there is aluminum  joined to steel... took it apart and it was "rust city" !  Hope they changed design.
Jerry


From: Mike Besemer <mwbesemer@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Antennas

I was just reading the instructions for my Gap Titan and they actually recommend against the use of any such grease.

I remember building my Butternut beam and having to use that nasty copper Butter-it's-Not grease they provide. Naturally, I got more of it on me than I did on the antenna.

Mike
WM4B


On Jan 7, 2018 12:06 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
FYI

If anyone took their brand new aluminium antenna out of the box and just stuck it all together, you need to put conductive grease between all sections. This paste goes by a variety of names and is sold at Home Depot. Lowe's, Maenard's , most electrical supply house and even hardware stores.

This grease probably should be replaced after lots of years in use as there may be oxidation in the joints. That why antennas sometimes require a bit of TLC. Water gets in a lot of places where it seems impossible. Be sure to use conductive grease liberally . It's okay it a big glob of it comes out at joint. Just wipe it off.

Have had an antenna with oxidation problems in past. Changing grease corrected problem.

Jerry



Re: Tonight sked

Fr Richard R
 

Rick, I am willing to get up also and finalize the 24/7!!! if you do not mind, let's plan on it.

I thank the snow storm that came to the east coast and stayed......  I had to cancel services at Church due to ice and low digit temps, which then freed me up to work on those last 8 hours..... only missed the one......
So maybe next Sunday morning I will be done!!!!

Thanks to all who were up and on the air.......
73

Fr Richard
WB8YXF
2328



On Sunday, January 7, 2018, 11:06:30 AM EST, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


Richard-
Saw you fill 15:00 and 16:00!  Way to go...now only 08:00 left?  Next Sunday perhaps?    I'm willing to set an alarm clock for 2:45 AM. Let us know.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Soapbox Anyone?

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Barry - thanks for the contact on 20 yesterday.  It’s been 2 years since we last worked!!

Dan Morris  KZ3T

I live to live for Him!



On Jan 7, 2018, at 12:30 PM, Barry 1470 via Groups.Io <boat.anchor@...> wrote:

Bill
Totally agree. QSB was so fast that I would copy 2-3-4 iterations of my callsign es then miss who was calling me.
Vy frustrating. As you said My callsign once is plenty.
Most pleased to get you in the log agn.
VA7GEM

On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 08:09 am, Bill Garwood wrote:
Soapbox Comments:
Made a lot of contacts on 80 and 40.  Some strange looking signals on the waterfall from time to time.  7.040 is usually good for a couple of DX stations but it was full of RTTY.  I would call CQ and sometimes would get someone send their call sign one time but often it was scrambled.  Me thinks you should send your call at least twice.  Also, I know what my call is, if you call me, send my call one time and send your call two or three times.  A lot of fun, wish the propagation had been better but the waterfall got a good workout.  I really enjoy the PODXS 070 Club!

 

Happy Radio!  Bill N4GBK in NC  #1688 LONP #252

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 2:51:03 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Soapbox Anyone?
 
One typical contest aspect that has been missing from our 070 contests is SOAPBOX.  So here's your chance.  Post your 2018 PSK Fest stories and experiences here.  Anything from "had fun" to "it was so cold the iguanas froze, fell out of the palm trees, and pulled down my homebrew 16 mile long receive-only beverage antenna."  Let's hear how it was for you!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Lousy conditions ???

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Yep, KD0CA, Jerry lives in IA but in the winter months he travels down to Harlingen, TX until the weather gets better back up in IA.  

Dan Morris  KZ3T

I live to live for Him!



On Jan 7, 2018, at 12:19 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Well ... not sure how lousy condition were because in last 2 days I processed a bunch of endorsements.  KK6KMU  made LONP  - Congrats !   A couple others added to  their LONP totals and many got grids endorsements. 

There were a couple of rejections ...  AL7MH is NOT in Alaska  ... NL13679 is NOT a valid ham call, but an SWL ID for Netherlands... and one must have a 070#  which matches up with callsign.  Oh, and KD0CA/5  is NOT in Asia !

All told, everyone did a nice job on the endorsements for bands with "lousy conditions".

Congrats all  !!!


Jerry  n9avy


Re: Soapbox Anyone?

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Soapbox Comments:  I had a ball!! First time for me was last year and I did okay.  Don’t remember what the band condx were like back then (I slept since then) but condx were very good this year.  As stated earlier 40 started out pretty lousy but picked up.  20 was great and then later 40 and 80 were both good.  Sunday was pretty rough on 80 meters because of all the RTTY signals but still managed to pick quite a few out.  Thanks to everyone for all the fine contacts during the contest. I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’m not a contester by any means (at least not seriously or for any competition), I just wanted to get as many as I could to bolster up my WTW, 070, LONP contacts.  I may have even slipped in a SD/ND contact toward that endorsement.

Dan Morris  KZ3T  070-1065

I live to live for Him!




On Jan 7, 2018, at 11:09 AM, Bill Garwood <n4gbk@...> wrote:

Soapbox Comments:
Made a lot of contacts on 80 and 40.  Some strange looking signals on the waterfall from time to time.  7.040 is usually good for a couple of DX stations but it was full of RTTY.  I would call CQ and sometimes would get someone send their call sign one time but often it was scrambled.  Me thinks you should send your call at least twice.  Also, I know what my call is, if you call me, send my call one time and send your call two or three times.  A lot of fun, wish the propagation had been better but the waterfall got a good workout.  I really enjoy the PODXS 070 Club!

Happy Radio!  Bill N4GBK in NC  #1688 LONP #252

From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 2:51:03 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Soapbox Anyone?
 
One typical contest aspect that has been missing from our 070 contests is SOAPBOX.  So here's your chance.  Post your 2018 PSK Fest stories and experiences here.  Anything from "had fun" to "it was so cold the iguanas froze, fell out of the palm trees, and pulled down my homebrew 16 mile long receive-only beverage antenna."  Let's hear how it was for you!
-- 
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Antennas

Mike Besemer <mwbesemer@...>
 

I was just reading the instructions for my Gap Titan and they actually recommend against the use of any such grease.

I remember building my Butternut beam and having to use that nasty copper Butter-it's-Not grease they provide. Naturally, I got more of it on me than I did on the antenna.

Mike
WM4B


On Jan 7, 2018 12:06 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
FYI

If anyone took their brand new aluminium antenna out of the box and just stuck it all together, you need to put conductive grease between all sections. This paste goes by a variety of names and is sold at Home Depot. Lowe's, Maenard's , most electrical supply house and even hardware stores.

This grease probably should be replaced after lots of years in use as there may be oxidation in the joints. That why antennas sometimes require a bit of TLC. Water gets in a lot of places where it seems impossible. Be sure to use conductive grease liberally . It's okay it a big glob of it comes out at joint. Just wipe it off.

Have had an antenna with oxidation problems in past. Changing grease corrected problem.

Jerry


Re: Antennas

Rick - N7WE
 

Miller Lite?  Miller Lite????  Years ago when my work took me Road America Raceway I learned that Rhinelander is the only appropriate lubricant/solvent.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Antennas

Jerry N9AVY
 

You might rub a bratwurst on the antenna... maybe a little sauerkraut and wash it off with Miller Lite.  
Jerry


From: B C <k9wis@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Antennas

Hmmm..thats good advice Jerry..sometime last fall somethign failed in my 30M trap on my vertical and I lost 40 and 80..works great up to 30M..I thought the trap opened up but inspected the coils and the screws holding it toghter..but never thought of actually checking the joints where the sections slip together..hmm and its supposed to get all the way up to 25 today...sounds like antenna project weather..
Brian K9WIS






Re: Soapbox Anyone?

Barry 1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

Bill
Totally agree. QSB was so fast that I would copy 2-3-4 iterations of my callsign es then miss who was calling me.
Vy frustrating. As you said My callsign once is plenty.
Most pleased to get you in the log agn.
VA7GEM


On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 08:09 am, Bill Garwood wrote:

Soapbox Comments:

Made a lot of contacts on 80 and 40.  Some strange looking signals on the waterfall from time to time.  7.040 is usually good for a couple of DX stations but it was full of RTTY.  I would call CQ and sometimes would get someone send their call sign one time but often it was scrambled.  Me thinks you should send your call at least twice.  Also, I know what my call is, if you call me, send my call one time and send your call two or three times.  A lot of fun, wish the propagation had been better but the waterfall got a good workout.  I really enjoy the PODXS 070 Club!

 

Happy Radio!  Bill N4GBK in NC  #1688 LONP #252


From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 2:51:03 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Soapbox Anyone?
 
One typical contest aspect that has been missing from our 070 contests is SOAPBOX.  So here's your chance.  Post your 2018 PSK Fest stories and experiences here.  Anything from "had fun" to "it was so cold the iguanas froze, fell out of the palm trees, and pulled down my homebrew 16 mile long receive-only beverage antenna."  Let's hear how it was for you!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Lousy conditions ???

Jerry N9AVY
 

Well ... not sure how lousy condition were because in last 2 days I processed a bunch of endorsements.  KK6KMU  made LONP  - Congrats !   A couple others added to  their LONP totals and many got grids endorsements. 

There were a couple of rejections ...  AL7MH is NOT in Alaska  ... NL13679 is NOT a valid ham call, but an SWL ID for Netherlands... and one must have a 070#  which matches up with callsign.  Oh, and KD0CA/5  is NOT in Asia !

All told, everyone did a nice job on the endorsements for bands with "lousy conditions".

Congrats all  !!!


Jerry  n9avy


Re: Antennas

B C <k9wis@...>
 

Hmmm..thats good advice Jerry..sometime last fall somethign failed in my 30M trap on my vertical and I lost 40 and 80..works great up to 30M..I thought the trap opened up but inspected the coils and the screws holding it toghter..but never thought of actually checking the joints where the sections slip together..hmm and its supposed to get all the way up to 25 today...sounds like antenna project weather..
Brian K9WIS


Re: Soapbox Anyone?

Brian (N2MLP)
 

You can set up the database not to be used in worked before look up's

-----Original Message-----
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of B C
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 12:10 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Soapbox Anyone?

I love the contest scorer program...Nice analysis of the contest. I also noticed that I forgot to weed out the k1KSC, Kennedy space center QSO I grabbed during the contest and I fat fingered a state entry..sigh..But it was fun time on coooooold winter nite

One thing I need to figure out how to to is some sort of dupe checking using HRD..even though I used a seperate log and database for the contest it still recongnized QSO's from an old log somewhere and flagged them as worked..Any clues??

Brian K9WIS


Re: Antennas

Jerry N9AVY
 

Try it and write a review !



From: Brian (N2MLP) <n2mlp@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Antennas

Will a jiffy lube   do the service??
 
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 12:07 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Antennas
 
FYI
 
If anyone took their brand new aluminium antenna out of the box and just stuck it all together,  you need to put conductive grease between all sections.  This paste goes by a variety of names and is sold at Home Depot. Lowe's, Maenard's , most electrical supply house and even hardware stores.
 
This grease probably should be replaced after lots of years in use as there may be oxidation in the joints.  That why antennas sometimes require a bit of TLC. Water gets in a lot of places where it seems impossible. Be sure to use conductive grease liberally .  It's okay it a big glob of it comes out at joint. Just wipe it off.
 
Have had an antenna with oxidation problems in past. Changing grease corrected problem.
 
Jerry



Re: Soapbox Anyone?

B C <k9wis@...>
 

I love the contest scorer program...Nice analysis of the contest. I also noticed that I forgot to weed out the k1KSC, Kennedy space center QSO I grabbed during the contest and I fat fingered a state entry..sigh..But it was fun time on coooooold winter nite

One thing I need to figure out how to to is some sort of dupe checking using HRD..even though I used a seperate log and database for the contest it still recongnized QSO's from an old log somewhere and flagged them as worked..Any clues??

Brian K9WIS


Re: Antennas

Brian (N2MLP)
 

Will a jiffy lube   do the service??

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 12:07 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Antennas

 

FYI

 

If anyone took their brand new aluminium antenna out of the box and just stuck it all together,  you need to put conductive grease between all sections.  This paste goes by a variety of names and is sold at Home Depot. Lowe's, Maenard's , most electrical supply house and even hardware stores.

 

This grease probably should be replaced after lots of years in use as there may be oxidation in the joints.  That why antennas sometimes require a bit of TLC. Water gets in a lot of places where it seems impossible. Be sure to use conductive grease liberally .  It's okay it a big glob of it comes out at joint. Just wipe it off.

 

Have had an antenna with oxidation problems in past. Changing grease corrected problem.

 

Jerry


Antennas

Jerry N9AVY
 

FYI

If anyone took their brand new aluminium antenna out of the box and just stuck it all together,  you need to put conductive grease between all sections.  This paste goes by a variety of names and is sold at Home Depot. Lowe's, Maenard's , most electrical supply house and even hardware stores.

This grease probably should be replaced after lots of years in use as there may be oxidation in the joints.  That why antennas sometimes require a bit of TLC. Water gets in a lot of places where it seems impossible. Be sure to use conductive grease liberally .  It's okay it a big glob of it comes out at joint. Just wipe it off.

Have had an antenna with oxidation problems in past. Changing grease corrected problem.

Jerry


Re: The waterfall is full!

Jim K5SP
 

Geary, would loved to have had an OK station in my log.  You are only about 120 miles or so from me here in Gainesville.  N5SLY is about 30 miles east in Sherman could see people working him, but did not see his signal at all.

I too have a vertical up, a Gap Titan DX, but have started having SWR problems at times with it (It is 20 years old).  Am too old to climb the ladder to take it down, so changed to an end=fed wire. 

If you have room, look into the QSO-King, good for 160-10 meters.  The one I have is the shorter one, 80 feet I think.  Grandson helped get it up, the end=fed up on a short tower, then used one of those little drones to take the wire up over a tree, and tied it off on a lower branch.  It works great, not sure of the exact final count yet, but had over 100 Q's using that antenna, and have been given several reports that my signal is strong in all directions.

And, have made the change of your email address in the database.

Jim K5SP

On 1/7/2018 9:26 AM, Geary McDowell wrote:
Thanks Rick, I have have major SWR issues for years here, nine yrs, and no one has been able to figure them out.  I sold my vertical a couple of months ago, usually my best antenna.  I was checking my small Alpha Delta when the rope broke and it fell on me.  So I had to rely on the big boy, the Alpha Delta LB+, which was great when I put it up, but pretty sorry the last few years.  As long as I keep my power down around 20 to 25 watts for all HF comms, the SWR stays around 2.0 or less.  Better than the >31 my analyzer normally shows me.  Maybe the cold below freezing wx we had for several days got the length of that wire the correct length.  HI HI  My hearing is so bad about all I do is digital, so when something is happening it is good.  Zero QSOs in the 2017 ARRL Field Day was pretty disappointing, but yesterday was good.  I've been able to do 30-50 a day on FT8 when I do it, but I like good conversations sometimes too, so I enjoy PSK better overall.  I was happy with my thirty.  I did upload last night, and will again when I see the "all clear" to reupload.
Thanks again Rick, seems like I am one of a few Oklahoma stations on PSK and always glad to give other HAMs OK.  
73, Geary KE5IRK


On Sunday, January 7, 2018 9:00 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


Geary-
Glad you had fun.  That's what it is all about.  And thanks for the QSO.  You were my only Oklahoma in the entire contest!  Hope you made some good progress on endorsements as well.  The contests, and particularly PSK Fest bring out a lot of operators all at the same time.  Please do post your log up to the contest scorer when Matt gives us the "all clear."  There is no such thing "too few to post."  If you log one QSO you've earned an atta boy sticker!

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director


Re: Soapbox Anyone?

JEFF WALSH
 

Conditions good or bad (challanging) I always enjoy the PODXS contests and chasing the endorsements.....
Autologging  programs sure make it easy and Davids scoring programs allow us to see the results in real time .....
Great being a member of a Club with "proactive" management ... Thanks to all the volunteers 
   
JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


On Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:18 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


Well I didn't get on until 13:59, but I had a blast.  Lots and lots of PSK31 on the waterfall - more than I've seen in the last 6 months I think - which was great to see.  Managed to grab Qs on 80m, 40m, 20m, and even 3 on 15m.  40m was the workhorse here in central Florida with 20m being good in the afternoon.  And no iguanas fell out of the palm trees at our house - hi hi!  Thanks to all who worked me.  I hope you had as much fun as I did.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602



Re: The waterfall is full!

Jim K5SP
 

It was indeed full here, had stations from both coasts, this kind of disproves the poor propagation theory, shows that if more people get on their radios, you can and will make contacts.

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director

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