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W3HF/4 Final Stats

Steve W3HF
 

Well, we made it home tonight after two days of driving from
Florida, only to find 657 incoming emails (and that after deleting
about 200 during two short periods of internet access while on the
trip). So it will be a while before the inbox is back to normal.

I was never able to get the station working while in Florida, so that
portion of APE never made it on the air. I've confirmed the radio is
working fine, so my suspicion is that there may be a cable broken
in the radio-computer interface. But I didn't have the equpment
there to work on it during my short stay at my mother-in-law's, so I
took down the station and gave up on Tuesday morning.

That didn't dampen the satisfaction of the succussful operation
from our first week on the road. Here are the final statistics on the
W3HF/4 portable operation from Bogue Banks Island (NA-112) in
North Carolina.

First of all, Bogue Banks is NOT a little island, for those of you who
havnen't looked it up on a map. It varies between about one-half
and one mile in width, and is about 20 or so miles long. It contains
many thousand houses, quite a few supermarkets, dozens of other
businesses, a national historic site (Fort Macon), and the
permanent QTHs of at least half a dozen hams. And we weren't
exactly roughing it, either. The beach house that we rented had full
utilities, real beds, and a full kitchen. The only real sacrifice was
the lack of internet access. Even AOL doesn't have a dial-up
number there, so I couldn't take advantage of their introductory
offers. I'm sure there are local ISPs, but we didn't find them.

W3HF/4 went operational from the island at about 2330z on 10
August and went QRT at 2335z on 16 August. (As Erika had
stated in an email I saw, most of both Saturdays were spent
driving.) My son Matthew helped me with the station set up, and
monitored progress during the week, but never participated in any
QSOs. (He was too busy with beach activities and playing with
cousins.) There were 107 QSOs made, 106 on PSK31. (The 107th
was on SSB, with FG/IK2JYT on NA-114.) There were 100 different
stations worked on PSK, including 20 070ers (based on still
preliminary counts). Four statons made multiband contacts:
KF4FHS on 20 and 30, VE9DX on 30 and 40, and both K8Ij and
KC8LJN on 20 and 40.

My apologies to all those who were looking for me and couldn't find
my signal. I tried to work any 070 member I heard, often trying to
break into QSOs when I could. As I had stated earlier, I didn't have
any internet access while on the island, so I couldn't announce
operating times myself, or make skeds with anyone once there.
My thanks to all of you who spotted me, posted where I was, and
relayed operating plans in one way or another.

For those interested in callsign details, stations were worked with
suffixes starting with every letter of the alphabet, so the W3HF/4
operation qualifies for the ARRL Friendship Award. There were 79
unique prefixes worked (using the PODXS DPX rules), including a
few that I hadn't worked before.

For those numerically inclined, the split was almost exactly 50-50
in terms of DX and US stations: 51 US, 49 non-US. (non-US
included one KP2.) Italy was the country with the most DX
contacts (7), followed by Germany (with 4).

24 US states, 3 VE provinces, and 24 DXCC entities (not including
W or VE) are in the log. There were no new DXCC entities for me,
but a few new band-entities. (Another disappointment was missing
both TY6FB and 9G1UW, both of which would have been new
ones.) Four of the six continents were worked--Africa and Oceania
were missed.

Band splits are as follows: 5 QSOs on 15m, 85 on 20m, 6 on 30m,
and 10 on 40m. No contacts were made on 12m or 10m.

Finally, here are the QSL details. I will be creating a special QSL
with a few pictures of the operation, so this may take a few extra
days, so please be patient. I think the following set of rules covers
all possibilities. Please read down the list to find the first rule that
applies to you.

1. Please do not feel obliged to send me a QSL unless I
specifically request it (e.g., for DPX reasons).

2. All 070 members (US and DX) will receive an unsolicited QSL
direct.

3. All other DX stations will receive an unsolicited QSL via bureau.

4. Any other US station that specifically requested a QSL during
the QSO (for IOTA or "first QSO" reasons) will receive a QSL direct.

5. Any other QSLs received direct will be responded to in the same
manner.

6. SWL requests may be submitted via email.

7. As a minimum, eQSLs received will be responded to in the
same manner. (Please note that I have not yet activated the
W3HF/4 account, but I will. So please do not send eQSLs to either
my W3HF or W3HF/6 accounts, as these will not count for North
Carolina.) I may yet submit the whole log to eQSL--I haven't
decided yet.

If I have missed anything, please ask.

I had a great time operating from the island, if that wasn't obvious
to all involved.

73,
Steve
W3HF


Re: CANADIAN SPECIAL PREFIX AGAIN

Steve W3HF
 

At 11:14 21/8/2002 -0400, you wrote:

Boy, I wish the U.S. was so lavish with the special prefixes! Jay
N3DQU
Hi Jay,

I don't think they are any US prefixes left as special - they
are all issued with regular callsigns.

73 Costas SV1XV
Right you are, Costas. Up until 1975, the only prefixes used for US
amatuers were W and K. That meant the entire AA-AL (and N)
series had never been used. So during the US Bicentennial, all US
hams were allowed to used special prefixes. WAs became AAs,
WBs became ABs, Ws became ACs, Ks became ADs, and so on.
(Actually, I forget the rest. I'm sure there were specials for WN, KH,
KL, KP, WH, WL, and WP, which should have been the only other
amateur prefixes then, but I don't remember them. If anyone cares,
I'm sure I could look it up in an old QST.)

Then, in 1978 or so, the FCC opened up the current callsign
assignment rules, so ALL available (one- and two-letter) prefixes can
be assigned routinely. Although some were never issued
sequentially, all are available under the vanity program.

The only NEW prefixes that could be given out now are ones that
have more than two letters. But these have been used for other
purposes, such as MARS, so I believe it will be a long time before
there is another general "special prefix" program in the United
States, such as the ones that our Canadian friends seem to enjoy so
frequently.

Steve
W3HF


Re: W3HF/4 Final Stats

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 8/24/2002 2:10:07 AM Eastern Daylight Time, w3hf@arrl.net
writes:

I had a great time operating from the island, if that wasn't obvious
to all involved.
Hey Steve, glad you had a great time out on ur APE. We had a great time
chasing ya down, if that wasn't obvious from all the posts to the reflector
hi! Fb job dood! 73 de Jay N3DQU.


N3MK/0 - APE

Karen Russo <w4gtm@...>
 

Hey yall,

Just worked N3MK/0 - Don on 20m at 0235z. He's lookin for more
070 members. His APE signal here in VA was 579.

73 - Karen W4GTM


10140

Bernie <kf4fhs@...>
 

Hey Everybody,

If anybody needs a 30m contact for Tri-WARC or LONP, I'll be lurkin around
10140.

73, Bernie / KF4FHS


N3MK/0

Bernie <kf4fhs@...>
 

Hey Everybody,

N3MK/0 is callin CQ on 14070 +1800 at 00:10z

73, Bernie / KF4FHS


APE

Ernest Mills <emills@...>
 

Where the dickens are all these APE stations everyone says they have worked? You all must be retired or somethin!. Just got home, had me dinner and switched on. No nobody anywhere? I reckon these APE stations must be frightened of the dark eh! Ernie


Re: K8IJ/P

N3DQU@...
 

In a message dated 8/23/2002 5:47:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
kf4fhs@ywave.com writes:

And I also noticed that you did some gloatin abt the LONP :-)

73, Bernie / KF4FHS
Geez, can't a body gloat a tad? Not like I get to do it every day ya know
hi! Jay


T95DKA AKIF

solucompsa <hp1bsl@...>
 

ON PKS-31 21.070.15@912Hz

since 22:00 UTC.

HP1BSL - LUIS


Re: K8IJ/P

Bernie <kf4fhs@...>
 

And I also noticed that you did some gloatin abt the LONP :-)

73, Bernie / KF4FHS

----- Original Message -----
From: <N3DQU@aol.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 2:39 PM
Subject: [070] K8IJ/P


Hey I just worked Chas K8IJ/P APING on 14.070 1925 khz. Looks like his
portable ears are working fb! Go get 'em de Jay N3DQU.


THE FOLLOWING APE STATIONS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ON THE AIR:
-- KF4FHS/KD7ORS, 2-4 AUGUST, VASHON IS, WA (USI WA060S), 30-10M
CONTACT INFO: KF4FHS CBA OR KF4FHS@YWAVE.COM.
-- W3HF/QRP, 10-17 AUGUST, BOGUE BANKS IS, NC (IOTA NA-112), 20-10M
CONTACT INFO: W3HF CBA OR W3HF@ARRL.NET.
-- NN6DG, 16-18 AUGUST, ANACAPA IS, CA (CHANNEL ISLANDS GROUP, IOTA
NA-144, USI CA-002S, WLH LH-1300, VENTURA COUNTY), 20-10M
CONTACT INFO: NN6DG CBA OR NN6DG@WUMPUS.NET.
-- W3HF, 19-21 AUGUST, LADY LAKE, FL (LAKE COUNTY, GRID EL98)
CONTACT INFO: W3HF CBA OR W3HF@ARRL.NET.
-- AA8QQ, 17-23 AUGUST, OUTER BANKS, NC;
CONTACT INFO: AA8QQ CBA OR AA8QQ JMAUCH@AOL.COM.
-- K8IJ, 23-25 AUGUST, ESTERO IS, FL (NA-069, USI FL035S, LEE COUNTY),
20M; CONTACT INFO: K8IJ CBA OR CCTRICE@BELLSOUTH.NET.
-- N3MK, 23-31 AUGUST, BWCA (BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA IN N. MINNESOTA),
20M, OTHER BANDS POSSIBLE; FOR MORE INFO SEE WWW.N3MK.COM;
CONTACT INFO: N3MK CBA OR DSNIDER@RHRS.COM.


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K8IJ/P APE

Peter Baskind <pbaskind@...>
 

K8IJ/P is pretty big right now on 20m. He asked that I let the group know.

So, that's what I'm doing! :)

Peter, AG4KI


Peter Baskind, J.D., LL.M.
Germantown, TN
Voice: (901) 624-5295
Fax: (901) 624-6060
pbaskind@midsouth.rr.com


K8IJ/P into AR

Ken Carpenter <w5kec@...>
 

Just worked Chas - K8IJ/P on 14.071.60 at 20:31z into Arkansas.
He had a very good signal.

73 de Ken - W5KEC


K8IJ/P

N3DQU@...
 

Hey I just worked Chas K8IJ/P APING on 14.070 1925 khz. Looks like his
portable ears are working fb! Go get 'em de Jay N3DQU.


A4-Oman

de2pkh@...
 

A45XO Op.Paul in QSO wid W1ZS on 21.070,1 +1006

Peter / DE2PKH


Re: N3MK APE details

Bernie <kf4fhs@...>
 

Hey Don,

Be sure and take two pair of glasses this year :-)

Lookin forward to workin ya.

Good Luck & 73,
Bernie / KF4FHS

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Snider" <dsnider@rhrs.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 8:20 PM
Subject: [070] N3MK APE details


Hi All,
I'm heading out to the Boundry Waters tomorrow morning. I should be
active the evening of the 23rd if canoeing goes well and weather
behaves. I plan on operating 80 - 10 especially 20 and 30 meters. My
grid square will be EN48ha. The county is Lake County.

For details on the canoe expedition visit n3mk.com

Hope to see you on the air,
Don
N3MK


N3MK APE details

Don Snider
 

Hi All,
I'm heading out to the Boundry Waters tomorrow morning. I should be
active the evening of the 23rd if canoeing goes well and weather
behaves. I plan on operating 80 - 10 especially 20 and 30 meters. My
grid square will be EN48ha. The county is Lake County.

For details on the canoe expedition visit n3mk.com

Hope to see you on the air,
Don
N3MK


Re: AA8QQ

Bernie <kf4fhs@...>
 

Hey Ernie,

I've only seen AA8QQ one time for abt 10 seconds, a couple of days ago,
then he faded off into the sunset before I could holler at him.

73, Bernie / KF4FHS

PS: When that song goes Platnium, will you still remember us little people
in the 070 club :-)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ernest Mills" <emills@NYCAP.rr.com>
To: <070@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 4:58 PM
Subject: [070] AA8QQ


Oh! where, Oh! where is that signal from Jay,
Oh! where, Oh! where could it be.
I've searched, and I've checked that waterfall display,
but the AA8QQ trace I don't see!


Has anyone spotted Jay (in the evenings of course) 73 Ernie WM2U







THE FOLLOWING APE STATIONS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ON THE AIR:
-- KF4FHS/KD7ORS, 2-4 AUGUST, VASHON IS, WA (USI WA060S), 30-10M
CONTACT INFO: KF4FHS CBA OR KF4FHS@YWAVE.COM.
-- W3HF/QRP, 10-17 AUGUST, BOGUE BANKS IS, NC (IOTA NA-112), 20-10M
CONTACT INFO: W3HF CBA OR W3HF@ARRL.NET.
-- NN6DG, 16-18 AUGUST, ANACAPA IS, CA (CHANNEL ISLANDS GROUP, IOTA
NA-144, USI CA-002S, WLH LH-1300, VENTURA COUNTY), 20-10M
CONTACT INFO: NN6DG CBA OR NN6DG@WUMPUS.NET.
-- W3HF, 19-21 AUGUST, LADY LAKE, FL (LAKE COUNTY, GRID EL98)
CONTACT INFO: W3HF CBA OR W3HF@ARRL.NET.
-- AA8QQ, 17-23 AUGUST, OUTER BANKS, NC;
CONTACT INFO: AA8QQ CBA OR AA8QQ JMAUCH@AOL.COM.
-- K8IJ, 23-25 AUGUST, ESTERO IS, FL (NA-069, USI FL035S, LEE COUNTY),
20M; CONTACT INFO: K8IJ CBA OR CCTRICE@BELLSOUTH.NET.
-- N3MK, 23-31 AUGUST, BWCA (BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA IN N. MINNESOTA),
20M, OTHER BANDS POSSIBLE; FOR MORE INFO SEE WWW.N3MK.COM;
CONTACT INFO: N3MK CBA OR DSNIDER@RHRS.COM.


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AA8QQ

Ernest Mills <emills@...>
 

Oh! where, Oh! where is that signal from Jay,
Oh! where, Oh! where could it be.
I've searched, and I've checked that waterfall display,
but the AA8QQ trace I don't see!


Has anyone spotted Jay (in the evenings of course) 73 Ernie WM2U


Re: CANADIAN SPECIAL PREFIX AGAIN

Tom <tomias@...>
 

All you ever wanted to know and more about American special event call signs.

http://ncvec.spindle.net/

Tom, k3psk

----- Original Message -----
From: Costas Krallis SV1XV
To: 070@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: [070] CANADIAN SPECIAL PREFIX AGAIN


At 11:14 21/8/2002 -0400, you wrote:

> Boy, I wish the U.S. was so lavish with the special prefixes! Jay N3DQU

Hi Jay,

I don't think they are any US prefixes left as special - they
are all issued with regular callsigns.

73 Costas SV1XV


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THE FOLLOWING APE STATIONS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ON THE AIR:
-- KF4FHS/KD7ORS, 2-4 AUGUST, VASHON IS, WA (USI WA060S), 30-10M
CONTACT INFO: KF4FHS CBA OR KF4FHS@YWAVE.COM.
-- W3HF/QRP, 10-17 AUGUST, BOGUE BANKS IS, NC (IOTA NA-112), 20-10M
CONTACT INFO: W3HF CBA OR W3HF@ARRL.NET.
-- NN6DG, 16-18 AUGUST, ANACAPA IS, CA (CHANNEL ISLANDS GROUP, IOTA NA-144, USI CA-002S, WLH LH-1300, VENTURA COUNTY), 20-10M
CONTACT INFO: NN6DG CBA OR NN6DG@WUMPUS.NET.
-- W3HF, 19-21 AUGUST, LADY LAKE, FL (LAKE COUNTY, GRID EL98)
CONTACT INFO: W3HF CBA OR W3HF@ARRL.NET.
-- AA8QQ, 17-23 AUGUST, OUTER BANKS, NC;
CONTACT INFO: AA8QQ CBA OR AA8QQ JMAUCH@AOL.COM.
-- K8IJ, 23-25 AUGUST, ESTERO IS, FL (NA-069, USI FL035S, LEE COUNTY), 20M; CONTACT INFO: K8IJ CBA OR CCTRICE@BELLSOUTH.NET.
-- N3MK, 23-31 AUGUST, BWCA (BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA IN N. MINNESOTA), 20M, OTHER BANDS POSSIBLE; FOR MORE INFO SEE WWW.N3MK.COM;
CONTACT INFO: N3MK CBA OR DSNIDER@RHRS.COM.


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Re: CANADIAN SPECIAL PREFIX AGAIN

Costas Krallis SV1XV <sv1xv@...>
 

At 11:14 21/8/2002 -0400, you wrote:

Boy, I wish the U.S. was so lavish with the special prefixes! Jay N3DQU
Hi Jay,

I don't think they are any US prefixes left as special - they
are all issued with regular callsigns.

73 Costas SV1XV