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Reminder 2021 FD Stickers

stan W9SMR
 

Last day to upload to ARRL - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 

I hope that you participated in the 2021 FD and enjoyed that experience. The PODXS 070 Club offers Stickers to reward you for that participation and for uploading to ARRL.

There are two stickers available.

1)  Firstly there is the existing Field Day Participation Sticker

This is for anyone who participates in Field Day in any way, (including setup/tear-down, KP duty, etc.) either individually or as part of a group.


2) Secondly, -
The Field Day Club Upload Sticker

The second Sticker is for folks who participate on their own (not part of another group) and upload their log info to ARRL

For 2021 Field Day Entry go to:  https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php

 

Important: If you participated in FD, please upload to ARRL indicating your club affiliation as PODXS 070.  “PODXS 070” will appear in the drop-down for Club or Group Name. All you have to do is select (click on) it.
Note that according to the rules, that upload may consist of:

"Cabrillo log or list of stations worked by band/mode (dupe sheet)"

 

You may upload using only 1 Club association. So if you are already part of another Field Day group and uploading your log as part of their score, you can’t earn our Field Day Club Upload Sticker. You can still earn the Field Day Participation Sticker.


3) Notify me: I will put you on the list!

 

Simply send an email directly to me robinstan (at) Hotmail (dot) com by Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Last day to upload to ARRL

Please use 2021 Field Day in the subject line.  

The body of your email needs only your Call and Member number. Please note if you also uploaded your log info to ARRL.

You will be eligible for the FD Participation Sticker even if you do not upload to ARRL.

So far I have recorded 29 members who participated in Field Day. See listing below.

Please let me know if I have missed your participation or upload.

Of those, 16 indicated they uploaded under PODXS 070 Club. Seven members uploaded with another club. Six members did not indicate their upload situation. If you did upload, let me know. I can get that info from ARRL eventually and you will receive your Field Day Club Upload Sticker and the Field Day Participation Sticker.

 

The Field Day Club Upload Sticker may not be available next year. Grab it while you can.

Last year 36 members participate in FD and 17 members uploaded and we had a 5,198 Score. Did we beat that this year!

 

73,
Stan
W9SMR - 070  #1611
PODXS 070 - PR Director


Re: Stickers #information

 

Thanks for all u guys do. Appreciate it.
--
Dave NU4N #1657 73's


Re: Stickers #information

Jim K5SP
 

The packages of materials were mailed to the mailing team Friday.

They have yo sort/prepare the envelopes and mail them.

Jim K5SP 

On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 12:22 PM, Dave Tucker Nu4N
<dwtucker19@...> wrote:
Have the stickers for the first half of the been mailed out yet. Just asking. Tnx

--
Dave NU4N #1657 73's

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


Re: Tarheel Model 75A

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

So, if I'm understanding this correctly, you removed the whip, and attached your long wire to the top of the coil, not clipped to the top of the whip?
Exactly.

And yes, on my Little Tarheel II, using a really long whip, bandwidth on 80m is really narrow and even one turn moves the resonant point pretty far.

As far as batteries go the battery backed power supply in my home shack has just been replace with a LiFePO4 battery backed solution.  One nice thing is that the LiFePO4 battery charges at a heck of a clip compared to how fast I could charge the AGM battery it replaced.  Its also much smaller, vastly lighter.  I'm pretty pleased with that.

I may try to get portable again this coming August in the second half of the month.  If I do, it will be the IC-7300 that gets taken along instead of the KX3/KXPA-100.  Bigger radio but connections are far simpler and less prone to problems in the field.

-p W7PFB
73, don't forget to smile and have fun!


Stickers #information

 

Have the stickers for the first half of the been mailed out yet. Just asking. Tnx

--
Dave NU4N #1657 73's


Re: Tarheel Model 75A

 

Paul,
This is great info! Exactly the experience I'm looking for.
So, if I'm understanding this correctly, you removed the whip, and attached your long wire to the top of the coil, not clipped to the top of the whip?
I've also installed a quick coupler to the bottom of the whip, and I'm also using a TuneMatic Lite. What a trick little box!
I used my CA-500 analyzer for initial tuning, then from the IC-7300 on low power in AM mode for final tuning prior to memorizing into the controller.
You mentioned 3.580. I've successfully tuned it there, but what a narrow bandwidth! Like one click up or down on the controller made for drastic moves on the analyzer.
I've added a 2nd battery to my car and have it connected via a "battery isolator". 
It's a 100 amp/hr deep cycle RV battery and I'm hoping it works per my expectations. 
I've hardly ever been disappointed before...Hi Hi...
Thanks again for your input.
APE bound in a few more weeks.
I'll be using N6MG as well as W6QP, 070-1454, intermittently.  
Milt.
N6MG
070-650
LONP #76

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jul 19, 2021 7:08 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Tarheel Model 75A

Milt, I'm using the Baby Tarheel II on a HUGE three magnet magmount.  On top of the Tarheel I've got a quick release whip mount, and I have the mate to the mount on the end of several different whip options.  I'm using a Tunematic Lite controller.

As an NVIS experiment I tried a long wire (I don't recall length) mounted directly to the top of the Tarheel and then stretched out horizontally perhaps 100 feet, adjusting the Tarheel to tune it.  I used an antenna analyzer to get it tuned, and it worked just fine, tuning to perhaps 1:1.2.  It wasn't as good on 80m as my 135' OCFD up at 35 feet but I didn't really expect that.  The problem I was trying to get around was that with the radio I was using at the time trying to work psk31 on 3.580MHz the RFI would drive my cheap laptop into a catatonic state, and getting the radiator a little bit away from directly over my head seemed like a good move.

One of the nice things about the Buddipole whips is that they are collapsible, so you don't end up with a long long whip you have to cart around or worry about low bridging.

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


Re: Last date

Geary McDowell
 

Thanks Rick, I have looked at the WTW, and others, regularly.  I think I have it figured out, and when my station starts working better I think I can complete that one easily.  I have not seen Mexico but twice this year, Europe once, Cuba none, and Asia none.  That is how my station is doing.  I see US stations almost daily working all over, but I have a little broken basic station, which is my preference.  I think I need to look at the WTW again and see if there are certain letters or such I should look for but I will work 99% of the stations I see and who can see me.  There are only two I avoid, I put up with negative ugliness long enough teaching for 38 years.  HI HI HI.  A fellow HAM who climbs my tower is helping me some, we are going to trace out all my coaxes next time and clean the ends or put on new ones if needed.  I like seeing the positive comments and suggestions I have been reading here, so much better than ANY of the Facebook HAM groups I follow.  Thanks again Rick and everyone for your support and positive words.  My handicap is finally getting worse so I am trying to get my little station as good as I can get it before I can no longer walk and do much with my hands.  I sure like PSK, that is where I work probably 98% of the time, the other as net control for our storm team in SW OK, I keep trying to retire from that.  HI HI
73 all, Geary KE5IRK

On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 6:55 AM Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:
Geary-
Don't overlook the WTW Endorsement.  It is one of the Big Three - 366, 24/7, and WTW.  And the nice thing about the Big Three is they don't depend on good propagation. 

You have already completed 4 of the 9 WTW countries, so you are well on your way.  And you can gather the letters you need while working on other endorsements.  The 070-WTW option in the Awards Progress Menu Bar 

(which still works for tracking this one!) shows you which letters and how many you need to complete each country.  Just focus on getting the letters you need for the next country in line and it will all come together.  GL and enjoy PSK31!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: Tarheel Model 75A

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Milt, I'm using the Baby Tarheel II on a HUGE three magnet magmount.  On top of the Tarheel I've got a quick release whip mount, and I have the mate to the mount on the end of several different whip options.  I'm using a Tunematic Lite controller.

As an NVIS experiment I tried a long wire (I don't recall length) mounted directly to the top of the Tarheel and then stretched out horizontally perhaps 100 feet, adjusting the Tarheel to tune it.  I used an antenna analyzer to get it tuned, and it worked just fine, tuning to perhaps 1:1.2.  It wasn't as good on 80m as my 135' OCFD up at 35 feet but I didn't really expect that.  The problem I was trying to get around was that with the radio I was using at the time trying to work psk31 on 3.580MHz the RFI would drive my cheap laptop into a catatonic state, and getting the radiator a little bit away from directly over my head seemed like a good move.

One of the nice things about the Buddipole whips is that they are collapsible, so you don't end up with a long long whip you have to cart around or worry about low bridging.

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


Re: Last date

Rick - N7WE
 

Geary-
Don't overlook the WTW Endorsement.  It is one of the Big Three - 366, 24/7, and WTW.  And the nice thing about the Big Three is they don't depend on good propagation. 

You have already completed 4 of the 9 WTW countries, so you are well on your way.  And you can gather the letters you need while working on other endorsements.  The 070-WTW option in the Awards Progress Menu Bar 

(which still works for tracking this one!) shows you which letters and how many you need to complete each country.  Just focus on getting the letters you need for the next country in line and it will all come together.  GL and enjoy PSK31!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Last date

Chuck Bridges
 

Woo hoo, congrats on your 366!

 

Chuck Bridges, AK6DV, 070 #153

 


Re: Last date

Jerry N9AVY
 

Have actually helped a few hams with smoke detectors they kept tripping.  Problem is that those cheap smoke detectors you get at WalMart and hardware stores are not designed to operation in RF fields.  This is because they have a high impedance front end  (little radioactive sticker saying contains Americium is a dead give away.).  

The best solution is to replace them with photo electric type smoke detectors which are usually a bit more expensive, but have low impedance front ends. any hams used to go through local churches PA systems because they were using Hi-Z microphones with unshielded speaker wiring.

Had one ham a few years back who had all sorts of problems with his alarm system when was on the air.  Asked him to trace ground wire which he did and he found it was good at alaerm panel, but the other end was connected to NOTHING.  He connected it and all was well.  HAd another case where dumb installer connected ground to PVC pipe !  Doh !?

Just thought I'd pass these tips along.

73,  Jerry  n9avy  #454

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, 05:03:49 PM CDT, Geary McDowell <ke5irk@...> wrote:


Thanks Jim, my shack has lots of issues, but I no longer get into the surround sound subwoofer or smoke alarms.  HI HI  I have lots of grounding but after watching a guy from DX Engineering talk one night during an Austin ARC club meeting, I am adding more.  I don't get much help locally, mostly because I am not a contester in the ARRL contest like the ones here who have the knowledge to help.  So I welcome positive comments and suggestions all the time.
73, Geary KE5IRK

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 1:45 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
Geary, getting good advice on connections.

As for noise, make sure your shack has a good RF grounding.  I also had my A/C guy put a good ground on the unit cover. That reduced my noise level considerably, but still have some due to proximity to power lines. Still have some noise when neighbor fires up his welding system. (he has a huge rig on a trailer, with a huge generator).

Jim K5SP 


On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 10:35 AM, Geary McDowell
<ke5irk@...> wrote:
WOW, my radio SWR issues were still there about 7:00 a.m. CDST, but dropped off suddenly and I was able to have a great QSO with Angelo in NY, WA2UJR to complete the 366 or 365+Leap Year.  No idea where the high SWR was coming from but I did not like the red pegging the end of the scale on all bands.  Interestingly the noise level in my shack normally runs a solid 9, but with the high SWR it was down to about a 2.  Weird, but that would be my shack.  Thanks, Angelo!  I was able to make a couple of other contacts later but overall my waterfall was pretty empty this morning.  I have uploaded my log and am awaiting approval.
Now to figure out the 24/7 endorsement.  HI HI
73 and thanks to everyone who is in my log on various dates of a calendar year.
Geary McDowell, KE5IRK
PODXS #1787  LONP #417

On Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 9:33 PM Geary McDowell via groups.io <ke5irk=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Storms in our area and SWR way over in the red!  I hope conditions improve as July 18 is all I need for the 366 Endowment!  I’ll be on as soon as I can ride and shine Sunday!
73, Geary, KE5IRK 
--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.

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



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: Last date

Geary McDowell
 

Thanks Jim, my shack has lots of issues, but I no longer get into the surround sound subwoofer or smoke alarms.  HI HI  I have lots of grounding but after watching a guy from DX Engineering talk one night during an Austin ARC club meeting, I am adding more.  I don't get much help locally, mostly because I am not a contester in the ARRL contest like the ones here who have the knowledge to help.  So I welcome positive comments and suggestions all the time.
73, Geary KE5IRK

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 1:45 PM Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:
Geary, getting good advice on connections.

As for noise, make sure your shack has a good RF grounding.  I also had my A/C guy put a good ground on the unit cover. That reduced my noise level considerably, but still have some due to proximity to power lines. Still have some noise when neighbor fires up his welding system. (he has a huge rig on a trailer, with a huge generator).

Jim K5SP 


On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 10:35 AM, Geary McDowell
<ke5irk@...> wrote:
WOW, my radio SWR issues were still there about 7:00 a.m. CDST, but dropped off suddenly and I was able to have a great QSO with Angelo in NY, WA2UJR to complete the 366 or 365+Leap Year.  No idea where the high SWR was coming from but I did not like the red pegging the end of the scale on all bands.  Interestingly the noise level in my shack normally runs a solid 9, but with the high SWR it was down to about a 2.  Weird, but that would be my shack.  Thanks, Angelo!  I was able to make a couple of other contacts later but overall my waterfall was pretty empty this morning.  I have uploaded my log and am awaiting approval.
Now to figure out the 24/7 endorsement.  HI HI
73 and thanks to everyone who is in my log on various dates of a calendar year.
Geary McDowell, KE5IRK
PODXS #1787  LONP #417

On Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 9:33 PM Geary McDowell via groups.io <ke5irk=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Storms in our area and SWR way over in the red!  I hope conditions improve as July 18 is all I need for the 366 Endowment!  I’ll be on as soon as I can ride and shine Sunday!
73, Geary, KE5IRK 
--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.

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



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: Last date

Geary McDowell
 

Thanks Rick, I think I have figured out what I need on the 24/7, I'll type it up and post it.  One of the great things about the 070 Club is you can earn all kinds of endorsements by just getting on the air when you can and have fun in this great hobby.  I am not a contester, but wow, I am so close to several that I will now be looking to complete.
73, Geary KE5IRK

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 12:56 PM Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:
Congrats Geary!  The 366 is an accomplishment to be very proud of!  Good luck on the 24/7.  Post here to let everyone know how to help.  You will find many people willing to set an alarm and get up to help you finish it.  Again, take pride in what you have achieved!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: Last date

Geary McDowell
 

Thanks Bob, I was looking for you this morning.  I'll keep watching for your call and help  when I can.
73, Geary KE5IRK

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 12:40 PM Bob Motyl KK6KMU <bobmotyl@...> wrote:
Gerry,

Congratulations on the 365/366 endorsement.  I plan to finish my 24/7 maybe in October.  I got 8 hours left most of which are in the 11 UTC hour.  I already have a few volunteers to help.  Let me know if you are interested.

Bob
KK6KMU



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: Last date

Geary McDowell
 

Thank you John, I had hoped to see you or Bob earlier today and one of you two wrap this up, but Angelo was fine and this time he and I had a long QSO.  While replacing a wx station the other day after lightning took out my other one in June of 2020, we did clean the ends of the PL-259s on the two wires, actually, put a new end on one that was lose.  I need to clean the coax ends on the vertical and those going into the shack, it has been a year.  HI HI
73, Geary KE5IRK
Lawton-Fort Sill, OK

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 12:20 PM John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Geary,

Once again congrats on the 366.  Your SWR problem is probably still lurking there somewhere because things don't go bad and then fix themselves.  I have an R-8 vertical that over the years got noisier and noisier.over a period of time so I stopped using it for a few years however I still used it on 17 meters.  One day the SWR just went off scale.  It turned out to be a dirty connection between the coax and the antenna.  I cleaned the connection with some deoxit and not only did it fix the SWR but the vertical was a lot quieter.

John
KC3FL



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.


Re: Tarheel Model 75A

 

Hi Paul...
Are you using a remote tuner like the "TuneMatic", or "TuneMatic Lite"?
I ask, because years ago, I did an APE with a 102" st. stl. whip, and alligator clipped a 30-40' piece of wire to the corona ball and was tuning it with an Icom AH4 auto tuner.
Worked great.
Now I've got the Tarheel 75A, that covers 10m to 80m and I'm using a TuneMatic Lite controller.
I'm just curious as to whether I could do the random wire thing again. 
I'm going to hook it up and give it a try.
Thanks,
Milt.
N6MG
070-650
LONP #76

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Jul 18, 2021 9:11 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Tarheel Model 75A

I've got a Little Tarheel II, and I've been using a very long assembly of Buddipole parts totallying some 15 feet or so (obviously not while moving).  It makes a big difference in how effective the antenna is.  My goal has been to have the longest whip I can put up for whatever band I'm working and then tune it up with the coil.

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


Re: Last date

Jim K5SP
 

Geary, getting good advice on connections.

As for noise, make sure your shack has a good RF grounding.  I also had my A/C guy put a good ground on the unit cover. That reduced my noise level considerably, but still have some due to proximity to power lines. Still have some noise when neighbor fires up his welding system. (he has a huge rig on a trailer, with a huge generator).

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 10:35 AM, Geary McDowell
<ke5irk@...> wrote:
WOW, my radio SWR issues were still there about 7:00 a.m. CDST, but dropped off suddenly and I was able to have a great QSO with Angelo in NY, WA2UJR to complete the 366 or 365+Leap Year.  No idea where the high SWR was coming from but I did not like the red pegging the end of the scale on all bands.  Interestingly the noise level in my shack normally runs a solid 9, but with the high SWR it was down to about a 2.  Weird, but that would be my shack.  Thanks, Angelo!  I was able to make a couple of other contacts later but overall my waterfall was pretty empty this morning.  I have uploaded my log and am awaiting approval.
Now to figure out the 24/7 endorsement.  HI HI
73 and thanks to everyone who is in my log on various dates of a calendar year.
Geary McDowell, KE5IRK
PODXS #1787  LONP #417

On Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 9:33 PM Geary McDowell via groups.io <ke5irk=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Storms in our area and SWR way over in the red!  I hope conditions improve as July 18 is all I need for the 366 Endowment!  I’ll be on as soon as I can ride and shine Sunday!
73, Geary, KE5IRK 
--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.



--
When all else fails, Amateur Radio works.

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


Re: Last date

Rick - N7WE
 

Congrats Geary!  The 366 is an accomplishment to be very proud of!  Good luck on the 24/7.  Post here to let everyone know how to help.  You will find many people willing to set an alarm and get up to help you finish it.  Again, take pride in what you have achieved!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Last date

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Gerry,

Congratulations on the 365/366 endorsement.  I plan to finish my 24/7 maybe in October.  I got 8 hours left most of which are in the 11 UTC hour.  I already have a few volunteers to help.  Let me know if you are interested.

Bob
KK6KMU


Re: Last date

 

Geary,

Once again congrats on the 366.  Your SWR problem is probably still lurking there somewhere because things don't go bad and then fix themselves.  I have an R-8 vertical that over the years got noisier and noisier.over a period of time so I stopped using it for a few years however I still used it on 17 meters.  One day the SWR just went off scale.  It turned out to be a dirty connection between the coax and the antenna.  I cleaned the connection with some deoxit and not only did it fix the SWR but the vertical was a lot quieter.

John
KC3FL

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