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Re: 60M awards ?

I don't really know much about reverse beacons and skimmers and other digi stuff but I do get on when the lightning noise is not too bad and at lest try a CQ or two. Make a few QSOs per attempt to get on 60M. I try to catch if a member is on with the K3UK sked page. As for callers off freq..I beg op...
by k8jd
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:35 pm
 
Forum: New Proposals
Topic: 60M awards ?
Replies: 8
Views: 4278

have 3 SKCC members on 60M so far.
Anyone else interested in this "new" band?
by k8jd
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:42 pm
 
Forum: New Proposals
Topic: 60M awards ?
Replies: 8
Views: 4278

I got my 50 states in 50 YEARS (not quite) Got the E-QSL.ca E-WAS a few years ago . Been trying since 1961 for that WAS and did not want to ship all my cards to the ARRL HQ .
YES they were ALL in my logbook too.
by k8jd
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:40 pm
 
Forum: New Proposals
Topic: 50 in 50
Replies: 6
Views: 5208

Gets complicated since the FCC issues , perhaps, w9 calls in California and W6 calls in Illinois, KL7 calls in Virginia and KH6 calls in Wyoming !
You would have to look up every call to see if they were in the right area !
by k8jd
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:48 pm
 
Forum: New Proposals
Topic: Call Area Sunday
Replies: 2
Views: 1648

60M awards ?

Now that CW will be allowed on 60M after 5 March 2012, we need some SKCC activity sanctioned by the Club board of directors.
Maybe starting small like 25-50-75-100 members worked on 60M awards ?
by k8jd
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:53 pm
 
Forum: New Proposals
Topic: 60M awards ?
Replies: 8
Views: 4278

I hope you tuned to one of the SKCC frequencies that are unoccupied to listen !
by k8jd
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: My Elmer Story
Replies: 5
Views: 4434

That tap on the coil is to match the low Z output from the collector to the high Z of the tuned circuit. I have a MFJ QRP rig or two that put out 3 and 5 watts with 12 V supply !
by k8jd
Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:47 pm
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Making the ARRL 3W CW Transmitter
Replies: 1
Views: 1855

I suppose if I wanted to wk 20M a quarterwave is only 16 ft tall, could make a clamp to put it on the bumper of the camper.
I am not much of a 20M op though.
by k8jd
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:13 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP Day
Replies: 9
Views: 4430

My rule of thumb is "the smallest QRP radio needs the biggest antenna". I have operated portable on 40 and 30 M with MFJ rigs. I made dipoles for those bands and can hang them in trees on a campsite in less than half an hour. A small weight on the and of a rope can get up on a good tree br...
by k8jd
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:06 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable antennas
Replies: 8
Views: 7242

The MFJ single band QRP rigs are very economical and perform very well. I have a 9030 and have worked 18 countries with it and simple vertical ad dipole antennas at 5 W. My 9017 got me on a new band and with about 5 watts output I worked Germany from my car with an eleven ft piece of wire tied to a ...
by k8jd
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:58 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP rig
Replies: 11
Views: 7373

I would try working with 3/8 inch plexiglas stock you can find at bigger home improvement stores. Easy to work with and lasts longer than wood in an exposed enviornment. Just drill holes for the wire and coax to go thru. I have some old antennas that this was used in and the wire wore out before the...
by k8jd
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:42 pm
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: What should I use to build a center insulator?
Replies: 5
Views: 3885

Loading coil distress

It just occured to me that if you have a loading coil in middle of a longwire you want to use on ":all bands" with a tuner, wouldn't the coil choike off all RF on higher bands and only leave part of the long wire active excpt on the lower bands..... ?? Almost a trap to block RF there. You ...
by k8jd
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:35 pm
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Mid loaded inverted L for 160 - all bands with a tuner
Replies: 18
Views: 19599

It is mosly practice receiving QSOs on the air and sending just with an oscillator and key or using the sidetone on your rig to develop your spacing and rythym. When you are feeling confident , get in there and answer some slow CQs. Many "Elmers hang around 7114,l looking for new ops to work. (...
by k8jd
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:58 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: New member seeks speed.
Replies: 4
Views: 2166

160 and 80 M are BEST at the minimum of the solar cycle ! 15 and 10 are worse at the bottom of the so,lar cycle.
10M and 6M sporadic E is as good any time durning a solar cycle.
by k8jd
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:46 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP Day
Replies: 9
Views: 4430

new stuff.

I have added a ZMFJ-974HB balanced line tuner to my gear. Breaking a nearly 50 year tradition of using coax to feed my resonant antennas, now added a 90 ft dipole fed by the new tuner using 300 ohm TV twinlead. It happens to be roughly the length of a double Zepp on 30M and also an extended double Z...
by k8jd
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:10 pm
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: new shack
Replies: 1
Views: 1600

new shack

I just moved all my stuff from a corner of the downstairs "family room" to my own room. I converted a spare room since my three sons all have moved out years ago and we converted one old bedroom into a library, another into a guest room and the last one was filled with unused junk ! A new ...
by k8jd
Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:26 pm
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: new shack
Replies: 1
Views: 1600

study for Extra.

I got my Extra back in 74 and I recall some math questions but I have not really been on the Extra bands ( bottom 25 Khz) very often. I guess the extra fone bands can be good if you are only interested in rare DX. My thing has always been CW and rag chewing and for the last 5 years pretty much only ...
by k8jd
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Studying for my Extra
Replies: 13
Views: 5945

I hope you got your SWR meter and got the dipole trimmed. Having a well adjusted antenna is VERY importaint on a QRP station. You don't have much power to waste. I have a newly made 20/30M Fan dipole up in trees , made last fall before the bad WX hit, only got it up about 25 ft on the first try. Now...
by k8jd
Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:14 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: testing of SWR
Replies: 5
Views: 3237

OK Randy, I have used the hustler mobile antennas on car and work truck. On 80M they are HORRIBLY inefficient at 100 watts. I wonder if ANYBODY would hear me with 3 W !! Radials would have to be 66 ft long to do much good. Will pass on loaded 8 ft whip for now. I was thinking on more like a 40 ft wi...
by k8jd
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP Day
Replies: 9
Views: 4430

You don't have to strain yourself to get to 35 WPM before you make contacts on the SKCC frerquencies ! Most of the members I contact on the air are operating at a very leisurely pace , most below 10 WPM. I had to put an extender on my bug or use my old J-38 key for QSOs. My normal bug speed and keye...
by k8jd
Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: CW: About to throw in the towel
Replies: 11
Views: 6668

Have you tuned a rig to 7100-7120 kHz lately and tried to copy signals ? Listening to computer generated Morse is nothing like you hear in a real QSO ! Try listening for a slow station sending a CQ and then try to copy the callsign to start with. After you get good at finding a callsign you can list...
by k8jd
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:09 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: new to cw
Replies: 4
Views: 2810

My Extender.

My bug pendulum extender is a wooden, spring chlothesline clip. It just takes a second to clip on or remove from my Vibroplex Champion. If I clip it right on the end it slows me down to about ten WPM and if I clip it in the middle of the arm it is about 13 WPM. Without the extension the Champ only s...
by k8jd
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:02 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: My solution to slowing down a Bug
Replies: 6
Views: 6301

If you use the formula; L=468/F. the L is the entire length from one loop at the end insulator to the other end loop around the other end insulator. Each wire from the coax connection to one end insulator is 1/4 wave. The entire dipole length is 1/2 wavelength. This formula is an aproximation. The e...
by k8jd
Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:20 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: measuring the dipole
Replies: 2
Views: 2443

No fun if you are used to hearing noise free Morse. I am afraid a first timer on the air would hang up the earfones and place an ad on e-bay to get rid of the radio !!:(
by k8jd
Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:04 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: New guy, and questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3698

Back before tube radios they used a "cat's whisker" thin wire probe to find a hot spot on a Galena crystal to detect radio signals !!
Poor cat indeed :D
by k8jd
Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:59 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: CW Key Adjustment
Replies: 9
Views: 6585
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