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Field Day and Fldigi #information

Don - KM4UDX
 

Hello! For Field Day, is there a smart way to use Fldigi to record PSK31 QSOs using just the fldigi's organic log facility?  I've never actually used Fldigi for FD with PSK31 so I'm a bit clueless....thx!

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Re: Grid-pedition after action report

Richard Rohrer
 

Sound like you had a good time.  I activated a wildlife management area last month and had the same problem with noise level, it was S9+.  I guess being out in the country the power company is not concerned with noise lines.  My xyl won't go any where with me on radio expeditions unless there are open bathrooms, hi hi.

73
Dick - KC3EF


Re: Grid-pedition after action report

1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

Paul
TVM for the update.
I sure do appreciate your efforts.
Give me a shout if I can help with anything.
Barry


Re: Storms

K8TOM
 

Wow, Geary!  So sad to hear about your travail and close call with the sparks/lightning. I hope that you are able to get your equipment back in order safely. 

We always appreciate seeing your call on the waterfall, so hopefully you can return soon.

73,
Tom
K8TOM


Re: Storms

Rick - N7WE
 

Geary-
Sorry to hear of your misfortune.  Lightning isn't respectful!  Back when I was active in our local county ARES and SkyWarn, we often had to deal with severe t-storms.  The county is pretty large, but with a very good repeater network, and we just passed NCS around as the storm moved through the area.  When it looked like your turn under the gun, you handed off and disconnected EVERYTHING!  Once out from under fire, we'd reconnect and get back on the net.  Fortunately, our t-storms tend to be pretty fast moving and don't hang on all night.  Sometimes we'll get a "train," but the county is large enough that we could usually have a NCS off the track.  Hope you get everything back to operational status soon.  Take care & 73,
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070 - #1602


Re: Grid-pedition after action report

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Oh, heck, yeah.  Tremendous fun.  10 out of 10, except for the locked bathrooms.  

I urge everyone who thinks it looks interesting to give it a whirl and see.

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

On Jun 24, 2020, at 11:41 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Great report Paul.  Sounds like you've learned a lot for the next trip.  Only one question....was it fun?  (certainly was on this end!)
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070 - #1602


Re: Grid-pedition after action report

Rick - N7WE
 

Great report Paul.  Sounds like you've learned a lot for the next trip.  Only one question....was it fun?  (certainly was on this end!)
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Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Storms

Geary McDowell
 

Well Jim, and others too I'm sure:

We had five nights of storms in SW OK between midnight and daylight, unusual for us.  Our's are normally afternoon into the evening hours.  My station is well-grounded, and everything stays connected all the time being the NCS here.  Well, at least for the past twelve years of so I've been licensed.

The first night, Friday night, my neighbor across the back fence took a lightning hit, got a hole put in her roof, lost her A/C and Dish.  After that my wx station on top of my tower stopped transmitting and so did my Icom 718.  I smelled smoke for a half-hour, there were sparks coming out of my 6 antennae, 6 radio switch within inches of my hand as I had just laid down the mic on my new Kenwood TM-v71A accepting a flooding report from one of our spotters, as I am our storm team NCS.  All three HF antennas are still up, appear okay, SWR is always crazy depending on the time of day ranging from <1.1 to over 8.0.  My 718 was still not right after getting it back from a repair shop a couple of years ago in Washington state, I needed to send it Plano, TX to get if checked, now I surely will.  HI HI.  I was within about 34 days of the 363 endorsement, coming up on the next five weeks of needing a lot of contacts, which is stopped for now.  I had been looking at another 718 anyway, I like the radio, or a 7300.  But once I get outside on a day I can walk/stand much, I'll closely check my antennas.  The two wires need to come down for a roof repair anyway.  I just reworked the vertical in April.  If I have more damage than I am thinking, I might just be out of the HF game totally.  I enjoy digital and have met many fun HAMs to visit with, and those who have had a QSO with me know I can get a bit windy in a QSO.  I think my longest is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.  HI HI

So long for now at least.
Geary McDowell, stuck in SW OK instead of central TX where I belong.  HI HI
KE5IRK in the Lawton-Fort Sill community. 

On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 7:43 AM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:

I recall, when I was living in San Diego area, it rarely had lightning also.  (I was WB6EWH back then).

Here in north Texas, we experience these severe storms quite frequently during the Spring/early summer months.  The warm moist air coming up from the gulf meets the cooler air coming from the north and violent storms are created, many times spawning tornado activity.   Several years ago, one came through causing all windows on west side of house to be broken out, over 10K damage to 2 vehicles, new roof, antenna's replaced. Overall over 20K damage. 

When these form up, it's time to unplug all gear, disconnect antennas, and save the rigs. 

Jim K5SP

On 6/19/2020 9:13 PM, Eric wrote:
Sorry to hear it Jim.

We seldom get lightning here, but it happens.  Here was a strike near our house last year.

Don’t know if the list handles attachments.

Another country heard from

73 de Eric,KG6MZS



On Jun 19, 2020, at 6:37 PM, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:

We are currently undergoing very heavy thunderstorms, high winds, lightning, and very heavy rain.

Supposed to be more of same tomorrow.  If so, will most likely not be on the air.

73

Jim K5SP


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Re: Grid-pedition after action report

Eric <radio@...>
 

Sounds like fun, Paul. Can’t wait to try this myself. You are inspiring.

Another country heard from

73
Eric
KG6MZS

On Jun 24, 2020, at 11:16 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@butzi.net> wrote:

Here are some notes on my 6/22 grid-pedition to CN98…


Re: Grid-pedition after action report

Jerry N9AVY
 

The urchin problem could be solved by a hungry Sasquatch , hi !

Good job on operation ... only regret is that I missed it .

Jerry n9avy

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 01:16:15 PM CDT, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:


Here are some notes on my 6/22 grid-pedition to CN98…

Narrative:

6/21 5pm:

    loaded portable station into car.  Holy cow, there’s a lot of stuff.  Briefly considered pulling get home bag out of car to make more space (idea rejected, obviously).

6/22 11am:
   
Beset by anxiety that I’d arrive on site missing some essential bit of gear, I decide to set up entire station in driveway to make sure I’ve got everything, then strike it all so I can drive to site.  No items missing but added USB extension cable to make arrangement slightly more comfortable.

6/22 12:15pm:

Gas up car, head to site.

6/22 1:30pm:

Arrive on site, pick parking spot in park that is facing the lake.  This is a mistake, as the entire time I am operating the sun was beaming in thru side window and falling on the heat sink for the amp, which is not exactly optimal.  Set up station in car.  Put antenna on roof, which prompted a local urchin to shout in amazement.

6/22 1:50pm:
   
make a quick test to ensure that everything is set up correctly, send email to 070 list and other friends.  Starting on 20m, start calling CQ, which gets an INSTANT response from KG6MZS.

more or less continuous operating from that point on, with only a brief hiatus when a different urchin, tiring of setting off firecrackers in the parking lot some 50 feet away, decided to try setting one off directly underneath my car.

while operating, also texting and emailing to coordinate band changes with grid chasers.  I had solid cell connectivity so email on my cell phone worked well for this, and I turned on the hotspot on my phone so I could do QRZ lookups within FLDIGI.

Issues:
* I was sort of flying by the seat of my pants on band choices.  A much better thing to do would be to do propagation forecasts for the intended site in advance, and use that to inform decisions about when to QSY and to which bands.

* To my great dismay, I could not operate on 80m because every transmission caused the USB connection to the laptop to seize up.  So I need to get that sorted, which probably involves providing a ground strap for the mag mount and a ton of clip on ferrite chokes added to every cable.

* If I had had the ability to operate NVIS on 80m and probably on 40m, it would have been much easier to work/be worked by stations that were relatively close (mostly Barry VA7GEM).  I spent considerable time trying to find VA7GEM, other stations could see his signal but I could not.  In the end we managed to dig out a contact on 40m but working NVIS it would have been a cake walk.  I have some ideas on this, mostly along the lines of a horizontal wire run from the top of the Tarheel and just stretched out horizontally over the ground.  Some experiments are in order!  Yay!

* Band changes on the Tarheel with the Tunematic Lite are a snap.  I was checking the SWR after adjusting the antenna but I never found a problem so I could just as well have not bothered.

* Holy cats, the KXPA-100 got hot.  It was warm (maybe 80F) in the car, and I was forced to fan the heatsink to help it cool off, and took time several times to let it cool.  So some sort of 12v powered fan to blow on the heatsink would be a useful thing.  (for reference I was running 45w the entire time)

* the Little Tarheel II antenna was not as sensitive, I think, as my 135’ OCFD at home.  But it does surprisingly well especially with the big 13.5’ whip I assembled from Buddipole parts.  But changing whips is more of a hassle than I’d like, so maybe I’ll try some 3/8-24 quick release things to see how well they work.  My goal was to put up the longest whip I could tune to 14070 for most of the time.  The combination of two buddipole arms and a buddipole long telescoping whip worked but was somewhat fiddly to deal with, so I may look into a shock cord whip that gets me the same length with less hassle.

* the site was quite noise, RF wise.  Next time I’ll try to pick a site that is a) not near power lines, and b) not in town.

* some sort of defense against miscreant urchins is needed.  Sadly my family advises me that a flamethrower is a bad plan.

* the bathrooms on site were locked.  This was a Problem.

* in my shack at home, I have a monitor speaker hooked up to the SignaLink, so I can hear what is being piped into fldigi.  In the portable setup there’s no way to monitor the receiver audio, so I’m forced to watch the laptop display like a hawk.  And that makes it hard to do things like let the cq macro run and also check email, or shout at urchins, or whatever.  I thought the audio was not a big deal but it turns out after years of hearing it I’m very tuned to picking out which signals are on the frequency I’m transmitting on (and thus might be replies!) and which are not, and my operating practices are all oriented around that.  So I need to add some speaker to the setup - one more connection to make during setup and disassemble when striking.

* setup and strike times are too long.  Setup should be to open up some box, connect power, set up antenna and connect it to box, unlimber laptop and connect it, and then power everything up.  Strike should be the reverse.  This business with patiently connecting Every Single Cable to set up, and disconnect Every Single Cable to strike - that’s go to go.  Too time consuming.  Too error prone.  So some sort of go box is called for.

   




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




Grid-pedition after action report

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Here are some notes on my 6/22 grid-pedition to CN98…

Narrative:

6/21 5pm:

loaded portable station into car. Holy cow, there’s a lot of stuff. Briefly considered pulling get home bag out of car to make more space (idea rejected, obviously).

6/22 11am:

Beset by anxiety that I’d arrive on site missing some essential bit of gear, I decide to set up entire station in driveway to make sure I’ve got everything, then strike it all so I can drive to site. No items missing but added USB extension cable to make arrangement slightly more comfortable.

6/22 12:15pm:

Gas up car, head to site.

6/22 1:30pm:

Arrive on site, pick parking spot in park that is facing the lake. This is a mistake, as the entire time I am operating the sun was beaming in thru side window and falling on the heat sink for the amp, which is not exactly optimal. Set up station in car. Put antenna on roof, which prompted a local urchin to shout in amazement.

6/22 1:50pm:

make a quick test to ensure that everything is set up correctly, send email to 070 list and other friends. Starting on 20m, start calling CQ, which gets an INSTANT response from KG6MZS.

more or less continuous operating from that point on, with only a brief hiatus when a different urchin, tiring of setting off firecrackers in the parking lot some 50 feet away, decided to try setting one off directly underneath my car.

while operating, also texting and emailing to coordinate band changes with grid chasers. I had solid cell connectivity so email on my cell phone worked well for this, and I turned on the hotspot on my phone so I could do QRZ lookups within FLDIGI.

Issues:
* I was sort of flying by the seat of my pants on band choices. A much better thing to do would be to do propagation forecasts for the intended site in advance, and use that to inform decisions about when to QSY and to which bands.

* To my great dismay, I could not operate on 80m because every transmission caused the USB connection to the laptop to seize up. So I need to get that sorted, which probably involves providing a ground strap for the mag mount and a ton of clip on ferrite chokes added to every cable.

* If I had had the ability to operate NVIS on 80m and probably on 40m, it would have been much easier to work/be worked by stations that were relatively close (mostly Barry VA7GEM). I spent considerable time trying to find VA7GEM, other stations could see his signal but I could not. In the end we managed to dig out a contact on 40m but working NVIS it would have been a cake walk. I have some ideas on this, mostly along the lines of a horizontal wire run from the top of the Tarheel and just stretched out horizontally over the ground. Some experiments are in order! Yay!

* Band changes on the Tarheel with the Tunematic Lite are a snap. I was checking the SWR after adjusting the antenna but I never found a problem so I could just as well have not bothered.

* Holy cats, the KXPA-100 got hot. It was warm (maybe 80F) in the car, and I was forced to fan the heatsink to help it cool off, and took time several times to let it cool. So some sort of 12v powered fan to blow on the heatsink would be a useful thing. (for reference I was running 45w the entire time)

* the Little Tarheel II antenna was not as sensitive, I think, as my 135’ OCFD at home. But it does surprisingly well especially with the big 13.5’ whip I assembled from Buddipole parts. But changing whips is more of a hassle than I’d like, so maybe I’ll try some 3/8-24 quick release things to see how well they work. My goal was to put up the longest whip I could tune to 14070 for most of the time. The combination of two buddipole arms and a buddipole long telescoping whip worked but was somewhat fiddly to deal with, so I may look into a shock cord whip that gets me the same length with less hassle.

* the site was quite noise, RF wise. Next time I’ll try to pick a site that is a) not near power lines, and b) not in town.

* some sort of defense against miscreant urchins is needed. Sadly my family advises me that a flamethrower is a bad plan.

* the bathrooms on site were locked. This was a Problem.

* in my shack at home, I have a monitor speaker hooked up to the SignaLink, so I can hear what is being piped into fldigi. In the portable setup there’s no way to monitor the receiver audio, so I’m forced to watch the laptop display like a hawk. And that makes it hard to do things like let the cq macro run and also check email, or shout at urchins, or whatever. I thought the audio was not a big deal but it turns out after years of hearing it I’m very tuned to picking out which signals are on the frequency I’m transmitting on (and thus might be replies!) and which are not, and my operating practices are all oriented around that. So I need to add some speaker to the setup - one more connection to make during setup and disassemble when striking.

* setup and strike times are too long. Setup should be to open up some box, connect power, set up antenna and connect it to box, unlimber laptop and connect it, and then power everything up. Strike should be the reverse. This business with patiently connecting Every Single Cable to set up, and disconnect Every Single Cable to strike - that’s go to go. Too time consuming. Too error prone. So some sort of go box is called for.






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


Re: Fw: [TenMeters] REMINDER!

 

That sounds like a fun event.  There is also the Thirteen Colonies Special Event where you might find some new grids.  13 Colonies runs July 1 thru July 7 
The link for that is   http://www.13colonies.us/

John
KC3FL


Fw: [TenMeters] REMINDER!

Jerry N9AVY
 

If 10m is open there is a good chance of PSK31 contacts.

Jerry n9avy

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The Spirit of 76 week is coming up and FT8 in NOT a recognized mode for digital exchange.  Maybe THAT will move some people to PSK and RTTY!

I have not seen much discussion about Spirit of 76 so here is a reminder that is June 29th to July 5th and here is a link to to the informational PFD https://www.10-10.org/Forms/Spirit.pdf .

I like this one because I pick up new numbers, new counties and new MODES for a county hunter award.



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Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Rick - N7WE
 

Not seeing you on 30m Paul.  Ditto when you were on 40.  80 is nothing but static at this QTH - we have t-storms in the area.  Saw John - KG5IOB working you on 30m, but only his side of the Q.  I'm going QRT and disconnecting everything now.  Many, many thanks and it looks like you had a fantastic success for your first Grid-pedition.  Congrats!  Will be looking for your posting here telling all about your adventure!  73 from central Florida.
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070 - #1602


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Ok. Going QRT now. Thanks to everyone for a fun day!

73, don’t forget to smile and have fun!

-p

On Jun 22, 2020, at 5:09 PM, 1470 via groups.io <boat.anchor@...> wrote:

Paul
TVM for all the fun.
Time for me to exit now.
cheers de 
Barry


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

Paul
TVM for all the fun.
Time for me to exit now.
cheers de 
Barry


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

That’s me. Laptop battery at 19%

-p

On Jun 22, 2020, at 5:08 PM, 1470 via groups.io <boat.anchor@...> wrote:

seeing a trace at 10.141.500
barry


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

John Hendry KG5OIB
 

Thanks for the 30 meter contact.   
Have fun!

73
John
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     John Hendry

     Decatur, Wise County, Texas

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Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

seeing a trace at 10.141.500
barry


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

Trying the dipole es the vert
barry

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