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Friday/Saturday Prop

Jerry N9AVY
 

Well... yesterday and today were  total bust on 20/40/80 m .  Nada .  Heard a couple very weak signals.

20m has been a S-9 noise level with nothing but a raucous AC hum.  40m was same for most of today. Am thinking there is a major power line leak. Guess I may have to go look for it tomorrow.

Jerry  n9avy


Re: 3y0Z is on their way home, cancelled, not happening!

Martin Tuip
 

Best not to mess with ship trouble there .. it's not like there is a nearby harbor to dock for repairs.


M



On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 3:10 PM -0800, "Brian (N2MLP)" <n2mlp@...> wrote:

 

 

 

Sorry to say, but the Bouvet Island DXpedition is now on their way home, Partly due to weather and also ship engine problems!

https://dx-world.net/3y0z-bouvet-2018/

FEBRUARY 3 @ 21:30z — During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition. [Co-leaders K0IR, K4UEE, LA6VM]




 

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Fw: [OPDX] Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin #1349.1

Jerry N9AVY
 

Sad news ....




The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1349.1
BID: $OPDX.1349.1
February 3, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
Clusters Network, and NV9L for the following DX information.

2000 UTC 3 February 2018

During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds,
low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter oper-
ations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in
the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue
developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of
the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted
the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As
you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is
already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition.

Bob – K4UEE
Ralph – K0IR
Erling – LA6VM






3y0Z is on their way home, cancelled, not happening!

Brian (N2MLP)
 

 

 

 

Sorry to say, but the Bouvet Island DXpedition is now on their way home, Partly due to weather and also ship engine problems!

https://dx-world.net/3y0z-bouvet-2018/

FEBRUARY 3 @ 21:30z — During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition. [Co-leaders K0IR, K4UEE, LA6VM]




 

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Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

Rick - N7WE
 

I think you are probably right Barry.  But that may be changing soon.  Paula K7PAX is trying to get her 160m antenna back up and Larry WA7HDZ down in Richland WA is working on one.  I seem to remember that Bryon W7RIV down in northern Utah had a tower and was thinking about a sloper wire for 160m.  I'm sure there are several other 070ers out there on the west coast who are working on it and we just haven't heard from them.  I really doubt that transcontinent PSK on 160m is ever going to be a reality, but it sure would be neat if it got fired up on the west coast.

I'm not surprised at the FT8 contacts.  It is an amazing weak signal mode and a whole lot of the time on 160m ALL signals are weak - hi hi!

Stay happy and healthy up there in God's country!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

VA7GEM-1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 05:11 am, Rick - N7WE wrote:
Can someone help me understand what is going on with 160m and the group?  Seems like up and down the east coast we can make contacts.  Jim - K5SP - just north of Dallas Texas isn't having much luck and neither is Barry - VA7GEM - in North Vacouver BC.  I've worked John - KE4JB in NY - 1055 miles from my QTH, but haven't seen Jim - 963 miles from me.  I can understand not seeing Barry - that is 2587 miles.

So what is it?  Differences in the number of people on the band in different areas?  Is prop different N/S and E/W on 160?  Just differences in antennas?  Radiation patterns?  Differences in Tx power?  Maybe time of day?  The band does open and close based on sunset and sunrise.  I'm stumped. 

The next time I rig the 6BTV for 160m I'm going to rotate the direction of the wire I use to top load it 90% and see if that makes a difference.  If I better understood how to use EZNEC maybe I could model the radiation pattern, but that is way beyond me.  I can do a simple dipole model, but when you get to trapped vertical with ground radials, with capacitive top loading, I'm completely over my head. 

All opinions and thought are welcome.
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
Rick
I use a simple inverted L antenna over an extensive ground radial field. It is 32 radials 35 feet long. I installed it for my Butternut.
The antenna rises from ground - up for 30 feet, then runs W-E for 40 feet. then turns N-S for 65 feet.
I also have no antenna modelling skills other than tuning length using MINI-VNA.
I have zero PSK contacts this year on 160
I have 103 FT8 contacts ranging up to 2900Kms.  TX, MO, AK, AZ, WY es west coast
I think most of the problem with west coast contacts is lack of participants out this way.
regards
Barry


Re: Hustler 6BTV

VA7GEM-1470 <boat.anchor@...>
 

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 04:52 am, Jim K5SP wrote:

Dan, I was stationed on Whidbey Island back in 67-69, when there was a Naval Communications Station there.� Spent about 3 months in relay center on the old seaplane base, and the rest of my time as supervisor at the transmitter site called Rocky Point.

Experienced the same thing you did, was not prepared for the strange weather they have up there.� Great salmon fishing though!

Jim, KI5SP

Jim
the days of catching your own salmon are long past. The resource has been overly abused and global warming has contributed to the decline of the stock.
Barry


Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

K8TOM
 


​Paula,


I hope that you will make some contacts on 160M, but keep in mind that the range for the band with a good antenna (per earlier postings) is generally 800 to 1000 miles.  That is why an earlier post noted that the 070 database shows top band QSOs on the east coast, but <none> with the left coast and few west of the Mississippi.  

Our situation limits the possibilities, as I was advised by Milt some time ago when I was pondering a long wire installation.  My sense is that it's mostly an eastern US thing for casual involvement.

OTOH, perhaps that is reflective of fewer 070 members having 160M capability.  In any case with study, diligence, and dedication I understand that there are possibilities. That's what makes hamming fun and a worthwhile challenge!

Comments are welcome.

73,
Tom
K8TOM
815


Re: Propagation site for 160m

Richard Rohrer
 

Interesting site Jerry, thanks for passing along.

 

73

Dick – KC3EF

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 11:18 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Propagation site for 160m

 

 

bandconditions.com

 

Shows propagation conditions for the day via band graphs. Tonight, 160m propagation looks great if y'all are looking for contacts on 160m.

 

n9avy


30 meters

Charles Odom, KI4VMK # 2542
 

30 meters appears to be open but it's all FT8.

Charles, KI4VMK
# 2542


Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

Paula K7PAX #1739
 

I have a QSO King end-fed wire like Jim, K5SP,  that is supposed to be capable of 160 meters with an external tuner. I wound up the wire when I got the puppy so we wouldn’t get clotheslined on the bottom end of it where it strung across the yard. It was oriented roughly east/west before. It is mounted at the top of the 35’ tower, so I thought I would toss it south over the roof and let it dangle and see what happens. I’ll let you know if I get time to tune it up and give it a go tonight. You guys have gotten me interested in 160 with all this activity!

 

Paula K7PAX #1739

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick - N7WE
Sent: Saturday, February 03, 2018 5:24 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] East, West, and in between on 160m

 

That's awesome Larry.  Be sure to post here about how it goes.  If you get it on air, I'm sure Barry, Paula, and a bunch of others up there in the NW will be really pleased with you!  Seems like 160 has been a struggle for those of you up there.  

Congrats on the weather!  As I recall (and my youth was a long time ago!) that is pretty fine for the Tri-cities area at the beginning of February!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Propagation site for 160m

Jerry N9AVY
 

Yup, noticed that.





From: Dan Morris <dbmorris315@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Saturday, February 3, 2018 7:18 AM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Propagation site for 160m

Jerry - Hmmm, it doesn’t show anything for 10 meters???  that’s because it is non-exitant I guess!!!

Dan Morris

I live to live for Him!




On Feb 2, 2018, at 11:17 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:



Shows propagation conditions for the day via band graphs. Tonight, 160m propagation looks great if y'all are looking for contacts on 160m.

n9avy




Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

Rick - N7WE
 

That's awesome Larry.  Be sure to post here about how it goes.  If you get it on air, I'm sure Barry, Paula, and a bunch of others up there in the NW will be really pleased with you!  Seems like 160 has been a struggle for those of you up there.  

Congrats on the weather!  As I recall (and my youth was a long time ago!) that is pretty fine for the Tri-cities area at the beginning of February!
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Propagation site for 160m

Dan Morris - KZ3T
 

Jerry - Hmmm, it doesn’t show anything for 10 meters???  that’s because it is non-exitant I guess!!!

Dan Morris

I live to live for Him!




On Feb 2, 2018, at 11:17 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:



Shows propagation conditions for the day via band graphs. Tonight, 160m propagation looks great if y'all are looking for contacts on 160m.

n9avy


Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

Larry Rockne #404
 



Rick,

I read K5ACL's article last night.  I had an old 80 meter mobile antenna my dad bought,
and thought I'd give it a go.

 I put the  antenna on the hallway floor, with a small chunk of coax running into the shack to my antenna analyzer. After adding abt 20' of flexweave to the whip, I ended up with: 1.865 Mhz with an SWR=1.94.

I will take it outside tomorrow and set it up, things will change.

BTW the temperature in S.E. Washington State today was 61 and sunny skies.

73,
Larry WA7HDZ #404


Propagation site for 160m

Jerry N9AVY
 



Shows propagation conditions for the day via band graphs. Tonight, 160m propagation looks great if y'all are looking for contacts on 160m.

n9avy


PNW weather

Paula K7PAX #1739
 

I grew up in the Coast Redwoods of California, and moved to Port Angeles WA when I was 30. Whenever I go to a dry place, I feel like “my moss is drying out” and can’t wait to get back to the dampness. HOWEVER, and it is a big HOWEVER, now that I’m older the damp combined with the cold lately has been a little hard on me.

 

But whenever I travel by air, I just love it when we land back home and the air smells so fresh, damp, and everything is green.

 

If you don’t like the weather at the moment, wait 15 minutes. And check out “The Pacific Northwest according to Jeff Foxworthy” – just google it – it’s a hoot!

 

Paula K7PAX #1739

 

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of K8TOM
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 10:10 AM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV

 

Dan,

 

I have heard (and personally observed) what we consider to be a bit of a defense against excessive in-migration, particularly from California and south.

 

Folks who move to Western WA from those areas often last about two winters and that's all they can take.  It's not the cold, since we don't too often get freezing temps; it's the constant cloud cover (daytime light level) and the much shorter daylight periods that seems to be the grief.  Why it did not bother me as a born and raised East Tennessean is a mystery, but it didn't.  Maybe I was young enough, at 21, when I landed here to adjust.

 

My younger adult son worked in Japan for a year and said that the main thing that he MISSED was the clouds and rain.  He said being back in the rain and clouds made him feel more "safe and secure", HI HI.

 

73,

 

Tom

K8TOM

815

 

 

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 4:52 AM, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:

Dan, I was stationed on Whidbey Island back in 67-69, when there was a Naval Communications Station there.� Spent about 3 months in relay center on the old seaplane base, and the rest of my time as supervisor at the transmitter site called Rocky Point.

Experienced the same thing you did, was not prepared for the strange weather they have up there.� Great salmon fishing though!

Jim, KI5SP

 

On 1/31/2018 8:46 PM, Dan Morris wrote:

I lived in Bremerton , WA for two years while in the military back from 72-74 going to school at Olympic College. �I was told about the weather but did not believe anyone. �Well, Got there in Aug of 72 and from about the end of Sept till sometime in DEC the sun did not shine at all and very rainy. �But people around there were used to it and when they made plans they were prepared. �Fortunately, the following year was quite a bit different except for the rain. �I did have a great time there though. �Even went up to Port Angeles �and went shrimping with a friend of ours.


Dan Morris �KZ3T

 

 

 

 

On Jan 31, 2018, at 7:14 PM, K8TOM <tsingle@...> wrote:

 

Dick,

Ah, visiting the Pacific NW in August.� �It's a great time to visit, as it's the least likely time for us to have significant rainfall.�

Unless I plan an outdoor adventure, that is.� A while back I did a 10 day (pedal) bike camping trip through Western WA and BC in August.� Seven days of rain, as I remember.� So, as they say, Your Mileage May Vary.

73,�
Tom�
K8TOM
815

 

 


--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Member Services Director

 


Re: East, West, and in between on 160m

Rick - N7WE
 

Brian-

I did what I always do when I'm stumped.  I copied someone else!  Check out K5ACL's solution Click Here  I started at about 23' for the wire and ended up about 19' 6".  My internal tuner showed an SWR of 3.1:1, but tuned it down to 1.1:1.  No idea what the R and X were as my MFJ 259b didn't like the latent rf on 160m and I don't have the variable filter attachment to make it work.  I rigged the wire to the peak of our roof so it was roughly horizontal from the top of the 6BTV and oriented E/W.  All I can say is it worked.  Was it good or bad?  Who knows? but I got contacts.  Good luck with your efforts.  Hope that helps.

By the way, there is at least one other posting on the web that suggests you can have 80 & 160 on the 6BTV by using 2 - 80m resonators with the whip on one for 80m and HotRodz Cap Hat on the other for 160m.  I talked to DXEngineering and they said "been tried...doesn't work."

--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: on 40m band looks good

Jerry N9AVY
 

Seeing nothing here in Illinois. Hearing a very weak phone signal in 7070 some where.

Jerry  n9avy



From: Randy True <w4rttrandy@...>
To: 070Club@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:52 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good

I'm on 7070 around 1200.

Randy W4RTT



From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Brian (N2MLP) <n2mlp@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:41 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good
 
Band changing here   lost west coast
 
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Brian (N2MLP)
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:12 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good
 
Just saw you up the band by the ft-8 guys
 
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Besemer - WM4B #348
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:09 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good
 
You are STRONG on the waterfall!
 
Mike
WM4B
 
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Brian (N2MLP)
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:59 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] on 40m band looks good
 
 
 
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         de N2MLP Brian
       Monroe County PA
 
 
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Re: on 40m band looks good

Brian (N2MLP)
 

Weak copy on you Randy

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Randy True
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:53 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good

 

I'm on 7070 around 1200.

 

Randy W4RTT

 


From: 070Club@groups.io <070Club@groups.io> on behalf of Brian (N2MLP) <n2mlp@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:41 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good

 

Band changing here   lost west coast

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Brian (N2MLP)
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:12 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good

 

Just saw you up the band by the ft-8 guys

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Besemer - WM4B #348
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 11:09 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] on 40m band looks good

 

You are STRONG on the waterfall!

 

Mike

WM4B

 

From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Brian (N2MLP)
Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:59 PM
To: 070Club@groups.io
Subject: [070Club] on 40m band looks good

 

 

 

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         de N2MLP Brian

       Monroe County PA

 

 

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