Date   

APE CERTIFICATE

JEFF WALSH
 

 Many thanks to Bob and Stan for the APE certificate I received in the mail today .....already in the frame and hanging with the others from your previous expeditions ..... Thanks again  ..... 73's

I already have the frame for next years !

JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


Re: YB8MAN

Jerry N9AVY
 

Also worked him earlier in 2018.  But the 2017 contact was the which was “iffy”.

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Michael Behr
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:48 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io; Robert Dallons
Subject: Re: [070Club] YB8MAN

 

Two of us in the Florida panhandle also worked him on 08 July 2018.  And yes, I received a LOTW confirmation as well.

 

 

Mike

 

On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 9:39 AM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Hey Gang !

 

Worked him  back in Feb 2017 and thought he was a pirate/slim, but I was mistaken.  It was fishy because beam was aimed on Europe and it seemed wrong direction.  Anyhow, this came through on LoTW this morning. 

 

Guess the old adage WFWL  (Work First Worry Later) applies here.  Glad I didn’t delete this one from the log and stuck it in LoTW !   There is hope for those of you who also worked him in Feb 2017.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

 

Details

N9AVY

YB8MAN

2017-02-22 20:31:00

20M

PSK31

INDONESIA

 

 


Re: YB8MAN

Mike W4BZM
 

Two of us in the Florida panhandle also worked him on 08 July 2018.  And yes, I received a LOTW confirmation as well.

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Mike

On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 9:39 AM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Hey Gang !

 

Worked him  back in Feb 2017 and thought he was a pirate/slim, but I was mistaken.  It was fishy because beam was aimed on Europe and it seemed wrong direction.  Anyhow, this came through on LoTW this morning. 

 

Guess the old adage WFWL  (Work First Worry Later) applies here.  Glad I didn’t delete this one from the log and stuck it in LoTW !   There is hope for those of you who also worked him in Feb 2017.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

 

Details

N9AVY

YB8MAN

2017-02-22 20:31:00

20M

PSK31

INDONESIA

 


YB8MAN

Jerry N9AVY
 

Hey Gang !

 

Worked him  back in Feb 2017 and thought he was a pirate/slim, but I was mistaken.  It was fishy because beam was aimed on Europe and it seemed wrong direction.  Anyhow, this came through on LoTW this morning. 

 

Guess the old adage WFWL  (Work First Worry Later) applies here.  Glad I didn’t delete this one from the log and stuck it in LoTW !   There is hope for those of you who also worked him in Feb 2017.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

 

Details

N9AVY

YB8MAN

2017-02-22 20:31:00

20M

PSK31

INDONESIA

 


Re: Am sort of back on air....

Jerry N9AVY
 

Will try that in morning.

  TU



Jerry n9avy



From: Paula K7PAX #1739 via Groups.Io <hamette@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:46 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

Jerry, how close is the Signalink to your monitor? Try simply moving the Signalink further away from the computer and/or monitor just for grins. 

Paula K7PAX #1739

On Sep 12, 2018, at 7:28 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Matt:
 
Never had this problem with the West Mountain M8 nor with the Kenwood TS-570S.   The balun on the Force 12 C3 is the one which came with it when I bought the antenna and never had a problem in all the years I had it.  I also happens with the vertical in backyard on 40m.  So, I doubt this is a balun issue.
 
It could very well be an issue with RF in shack since antenna is located right above shack. Guess I’ll try a few chokes I have kicking around here. 
 
The only thing which has changed is the Signalink which I really haven’t used before.  If I get desperate I may go back to M-8 .. bought a spare a couple years ago.
 
Thanks for tips, all !
 
Jerry  n9avy
 
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 
From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:17 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....
 
Is it a current balun or a voltage balun? A voltage balun won't stop common mode in the least, and they're pretty common from antenna manufacturers.
 
Ot sure sounds like RF in the shack if it's getting worse over 20 watts. Try putting your rig in key-down mode with the SWR meter showing and slide your hand along the coax. If it changes AT ALL, you have common mode. You may have common mode current without that, but if it moves when you touch the coax, you've got plenty.
 
Just thinking aloud...
 
73
 
Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director
 
 
 
 
 
On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 7:02 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
Matt:
 
There is a 5 KW balun at the tribander.   Got to be something else.  Thanks.
 
 
Jerry  n9avy
 
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 
From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....
 
Sounds like RF getting in the shack, Jerry. You should try a GOOD 1:1 current balun at the feed point of your antenna, or at the very least, coil up a good bit of your coax to try to choke off the common mode current.
 
Good luck with it!
 
73
 
Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director
 
On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.
 
Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …
 
Jerry  n9avy
 
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 
 
 
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Re: Am sort of back on air....

Paula K7PAX #1739
 

Jerry, how close is the Signalink to your monitor? Try simply moving the Signalink further away from the computer and/or monitor just for grins. 

Paula K7PAX #1739

On Sep 12, 2018, at 7:28 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Matt:

 

Never had this problem with the West Mountain M8 nor with the Kenwood TS-570S.   The balun on the Force 12 C3 is the one which came with it when I bought the antenna and never had a problem in all the years I had it.  I also happens with the vertical in backyard on 40m.  So, I doubt this is a balun issue.

 

It could very well be an issue with RF in shack since antenna is located right above shack. Guess I’ll try a few chokes I have kicking around here. 

 

The only thing which has changed is the Signalink which I really haven’t used before.  If I get desperate I may go back to M-8 .. bought a spare a couple years ago.

 

Thanks for tips, all !

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:17 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

 

Is it a current balun or a voltage balun? A voltage balun won't stop common mode in the least, and they're pretty common from antenna manufacturers.

 

Ot sure sounds like RF in the shack if it's getting worse over 20 watts. Try putting your rig in key-down mode with the SWR meter showing and slide your hand along the coax. If it changes AT ALL, you have common mode. You may have common mode current without that, but if it moves when you touch the coax, you've got plenty.

 

Just thinking aloud...

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 7:02 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Matt:

 

There is a 5 KW balun at the tribander.   Got to be something else.  Thanks.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

 

Sounds like RF getting in the shack, Jerry. You should try a GOOD 1:1 current balun at the feed point of your antenna, or at the very least, coil up a good bit of your coax to try to choke off the common mode current.

 

Good luck with it!

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.

 

Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 

 

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Re: Am sort of back on air....

Jerry N9AVY
 

Matt:

 

Never had this problem with the West Mountain M8 nor with the Kenwood TS-570S.   The balun on the Force 12 C3 is the one which came with it when I bought the antenna and never had a problem in all the years I had it.  I also happens with the vertical in backyard on 40m.  So, I doubt this is a balun issue.

 

It could very well be an issue with RF in shack since antenna is located right above shack. Guess I’ll try a few chokes I have kicking around here. 

 

The only thing which has changed is the Signalink which I really haven’t used before.  If I get desperate I may go back to M-8 .. bought a spare a couple years ago.

 

Thanks for tips, all !

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:17 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

 

Is it a current balun or a voltage balun? A voltage balun won't stop common mode in the least, and they're pretty common from antenna manufacturers.

 

Ot sure sounds like RF in the shack if it's getting worse over 20 watts. Try putting your rig in key-down mode with the SWR meter showing and slide your hand along the coax. If it changes AT ALL, you have common mode. You may have common mode current without that, but if it moves when you touch the coax, you've got plenty.

 

Just thinking aloud...

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 7:02 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Matt:

 

There is a 5 KW balun at the tribander.   Got to be something else.  Thanks.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

 

Sounds like RF getting in the shack, Jerry. You should try a GOOD 1:1 current balun at the feed point of your antenna, or at the very least, coil up a good bit of your coax to try to choke off the common mode current.

 

Good luck with it!

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.

 

Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 

 


Re: Am sort of back on air....

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I second the suggestion to put chokes on all cables leading to/from the SignaLink. In my case I needed a choke on the USB cable (a choke at both ends) and a choke on the cable to run PTT to the transceiver (again, I put a choke on both ends). In my case I did not use snap on ferrites but big toroids with multiple turns through the toroid.

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

On Sep 12, 2018, at 5:04 PM, David Rock <david@graniteweb.com> wrote:

Choke off the USB cable going into the computer from the SignaLink. That seems to be the weak point for it in my station.


David, K9DWR
k9dwr@graniteweb.com


On Sep 12, 2018, at 18:16, Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@gmail.com> wrote:

Is it a current balun or a voltage balun? A voltage balun won't stop common mode in the least, and they're pretty common from antenna manufacturers.

Ot sure sounds like RF in the shack if it's getting worse over 20 watts. Try putting your rig in key-down mode with the SWR meter showing and slide your hand along the coax. If it changes AT ALL, you have common mode. You may have common mode current without that, but if it moves when you touch the coax, you've got plenty.






Re: Am sort of back on air....

David, K9DWR
 

Choke off the USB cable going into the computer from the SignaLink. That seems to be the weak point for it in my station.


David, K9DWR
k9dwr@graniteweb.com

On Sep 12, 2018, at 18:16, Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@gmail.com> wrote:

Is it a current balun or a voltage balun? A voltage balun won't stop common mode in the least, and they're pretty common from antenna manufacturers.

Ot sure sounds like RF in the shack if it's getting worse over 20 watts. Try putting your rig in key-down mode with the SWR meter showing and slide your hand along the coax. If it changes AT ALL, you have common mode. You may have common mode current without that, but if it moves when you touch the coax, you've got plenty.


Re: Am sort of back on air....

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Is it a current balun or a voltage balun? A voltage balun won't stop common mode in the least, and they're pretty common from antenna manufacturers.

Ot sure sounds like RF in the shack if it's getting worse over 20 watts. Try putting your rig in key-down mode with the SWR meter showing and slide your hand along the coax. If it changes AT ALL, you have common mode. You may have common mode current without that, but if it moves when you touch the coax, you've got plenty.

Just thinking aloud...

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director



 


On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 7:02 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Matt:

 

There is a 5 KW balun at the tribander.   Got to be something else.  Thanks.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

 

Sounds like RF getting in the shack, Jerry. You should try a GOOD 1:1 current balun at the feed point of your antenna, or at the very least, coil up a good bit of your coax to try to choke off the common mode current.

 

Good luck with it!

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.

 

Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 


Re: Am sort of back on air....

Jerry N9AVY
 

Matt:

 

There is a 5 KW balun at the tribander.   Got to be something else.  Thanks.

 

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Matthew King - AK4MK
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:08 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Am sort of back on air....

 

Sounds like RF getting in the shack, Jerry. You should try a GOOD 1:1 current balun at the feed point of your antenna, or at the very least, coil up a good bit of your coax to try to choke off the common mode current.

 

Good luck with it!

 

73

 

Matt King

AK4MK - 070 #1708

PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.

 

Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 


Re: Am sort of back on air....

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Sounds like RF getting in the shack, Jerry. You should try a GOOD 1:1 current balun at the feed point of your antenna, or at the very least, coil up a good bit of your coax to try to choke off the common mode current.

Good luck with it!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 4:18 PM Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.

 

Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Am sort of back on air....

Jerry N9AVY
 

Finally got Signalink connected and tried 20 & 40m , it was deader than a doornail.  Don’t ever recall conditions this bad.

 

Seems that Signalink operates weird and at time the AGC on radio will jump up. Seems to happen if I run more than 20 watts. Oh well, back to experimenting …

 

Jerry  n9avy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: K7PAX is back on the air!

Arthur Peters
 

Welcome back Paula. 

73 es God Bless,

Art/K0ACP 
1140


On Sep 10, 2018, at 8:31 PM, Paula K7PAX #1739 via Groups.Io <hamette@...> wrote:

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Hi Group!

 

I am back on the air now, after a move and a big lifestyle adjustment. Had to dismantle my tower and Hexbeam, but today I put up my multiband vertical using a patio table, umbrella stand, and broken shovel handle for a mast. Temporary, but creative! I live in an HOA antenna-restricted neighborhood now, so it’s the best I can do at the moment. I am hearing a few Central America stations this afternoon. Now just waiting for the grayline to arrive to see what might happen.

 

Hope to see you on the waterfall!

 

Paula, K7PAX #1739

 


Re: K7PAX is back on the air!

Mike W4BZM
 

I’ve heard about the “along the fence” antennae, and it’s my belief that at such a low height they work as an NVIS antenna but not so well than a DX antenna — but I’ve never actually used one.

My concern, however, is RF exposure.  If neighbors or your own kids can inadvertently come within inches of such an antenna, are you in danger of exceeding safe exposure limits?  I’d run some calculations first.  (The FCC requires that.)  Just sayin’...

Mike  W4BZM PODXS 070 # 2653 (new guy)

On Sep 11, 2018, at 01:17, Matthew King - AK4MK <kk4cps@...> wrote:

Hey, Paula - that's excellent field expediency!

Do you have a privacy fence? I'm thinking you might could use an End Fed Half Wave (not a random wire length) with the transformer/coax feed right at your house (away from prying noses) and the 67' or 134' (40m-10m or 80m-10m) wire run along the top rail of it. You'd need a 49:1 transformer, but those are easy enough to build.  You could always just purchase one pre-built for myantennas.com.  They make a quality product from what I've seen. A friend has 2 of their 80m-10m EFHW antennas (one in the city, one at his country place) and makes contacts left and right with them.

Just a thought - glad you're back on the air!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director

On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 8:31 PM Paula K7PAX #1739 via Groups.Io <hamette=hushmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Group!

 

I am back on the air now, after a move and a big lifestyle adjustment. Had to dismantle my tower and Hexbeam, but today I put up my multiband vertical using a patio table, umbrella stand, and broken shovel handle for a mast. Temporary, but creative! I live in an HOA antenna-restricted neighborhood now, so it’s the best I can do at the moment. I am hearing a few Central America stations this afternoon. Now just waiting for the grayline to arrive to see what might happen.

 

Hope to see you on the waterfall!

 

Paula, K7PAX #1739

 


2018 Jay Hudak Results

Rick - N7WE
 

Scoring has closed and the results of the 2018 Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint are in.  This year there were 23 logs submitted.


First overall, Top Dawg, and first in Medium Power was NN9K – Peter – 070 #2629 from Colona, IL
Second overall and first in Low Power was KC8MUE – Rob – 070 #2474 from  Montague, MI
Fourth overall and first in High Power was VA3TPS – Steve – 070 #0526 from Fenelon Falls, ON, Canada
There was no entry in QRP Category.
 
Complete results are available HERE.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who fired up the rigs and got on 80m.   Next up is the Great Pumpkin 160m Sprint October 13-14.  This is a great opportunity to put some 160m Q’s in the log for the Top Band Endorsement.  Hope to work you then!

Rick – N7WE

070 - #1602

PR Director


Re: K7PAX is back on the air!

Matthew King - AK4MK
 

Hey, Paula - that's excellent field expediency!

Do you have a privacy fence? I'm thinking you might could use an End Fed Half Wave (not a random wire length) with the transformer/coax feed right at your house (away from prying noses) and the 67' or 134' (40m-10m or 80m-10m) wire run along the top rail of it. You'd need a 49:1 transformer, but those are easy enough to build.  You could always just purchase one pre-built for myantennas.com.  They make a quality product from what I've seen. A friend has 2 of their 80m-10m EFHW antennas (one in the city, one at his country place) and makes contacts left and right with them.

Just a thought - glad you're back on the air!

73

Matt King
AK4MK - 070 #1708
PODXS 070 Club Executive Director


On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 8:31 PM Paula K7PAX #1739 via Groups.Io <hamette=hushmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi Group!

 

I am back on the air now, after a move and a big lifestyle adjustment. Had to dismantle my tower and Hexbeam, but today I put up my multiband vertical using a patio table, umbrella stand, and broken shovel handle for a mast. Temporary, but creative! I live in an HOA antenna-restricted neighborhood now, so it’s the best I can do at the moment. I am hearing a few Central America stations this afternoon. Now just waiting for the grayline to arrive to see what might happen.

 

Hope to see you on the waterfall!

 

Paula, K7PAX #1739

 


K7PAX is back on the air!

Paula K7PAX #1739
 

Hi Group!

 

I am back on the air now, after a move and a big lifestyle adjustment. Had to dismantle my tower and Hexbeam, but today I put up my multiband vertical using a patio table, umbrella stand, and broken shovel handle for a mast. Temporary, but creative! I live in an HOA antenna-restricted neighborhood now, so it’s the best I can do at the moment. I am hearing a few Central America stations this afternoon. Now just waiting for the grayline to arrive to see what might happen.

 

Hope to see you on the waterfall!

 

Paula, K7PAX #1739

 


VC3NPARC70 Special Call PSK

Steve VA3FLF/KM4FLF
 

I will be working our club special call this week. Our 70th Anniversary celebration is this coming Saturday. It is hard to say when I will be on but I will try mostly afternoons for 20M and evenings for 40M except Thursday night.
I will be on tonight 40M at around 2000 Eastern Time. 

Our special call is VC3NPARC70. Special QSL cards are available. See our QRZ page.

Steve
2301
VA3FLF


Re: 2018 KC9UR Pontoon Portable APE Final Results

JEFF WALSH
 

Another great APE expedition goes in the history books ........ already looking forward to next years ..... many thanks to Bob and Stan
 
JEFF WALSH
W3WMU
#1673
BUBBAWOOD
WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
STURGIS, MS.


On Monday, September 10, 2018 11:23 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:


And thank you Bob and Stan for another outstanding APE.  You guys make August lots of fun!  Hope to be able to work the Pontoon Portable again next year.

Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


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