LARG Wednesday Night 6-Meter Net Report

It was a light Wednesday night with only K9CQB and W5ODJ participating. We chatted about and tested a GO KIT before shutting the net down 10 minutes later.

See you on one of the upcoming nets.

73
John, W5ODJ

LARG Thursday Night HF Net report

The band was in excellent condition tonight. Only two of us checked in tonight:

  • K3WD, Bill
  • W5ODJ, John

We chatted informally stopping occasionally to call for checkins. We did not continue to 10 meters tonight.

73,

W5ODJ, John

LARG Thursday Night HF Net Report.

We met at 3.676 tonight for QRM below our normal meeting frequency of 3.675. We listened for others on 3.181 and then moved to 28.405 for the 10 meter portion of the net. Band conditions were excellent but noisy with static crashes from storms in the area. 10 Meters was in rare form (very good). QSOs there continue after we left the frequency.

Checkins:

  • W5ODJ, John (NCS) – Lovettsville
  • K8SYH, Bill – Charlottesville
  • K3WD, Bill – Lovettsville
  • N0JSD, John – Bluemont (on 3.818)
  • N8II, Jeff – Shepherdstown WV (on 28.405)

Topics included the WX Thunderstorms riding across the state the last few days, the Reston Bike Ride coming up on August 25 and The Berryville Ham Fest in August.

I hope everyone has a great week!

73

John
W5ODJ

13 Colonies 2019

It’s fun to search out each of the states on the various bands and modes and make contact with the volunteers that help everyone make contacts in the contest. The bands have been in reasonable shape this year if you can dodge the occasional storms that are drifting by.

This year I was able to get the “Clean Sweep” in the 13 Colonies event in the first three days of July. I’ll submit the following log and get a certificate later in the year:

Date     Time   Freq   Mode MyCall       RST  Call            RST

20190702 0215   7223.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2L              59
20190702 0217   7198.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2A              59
20190702 0220   7217.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2C              59
20190702 0221   7182.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2H              59
20190702 0502   7218.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2Z              59
20190702 1508   7210.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2J              59
20190703 0248   7185.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2M              59
20190703 2302   7225.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2B              59
20190703 2304   7180.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2E              59
20190703 2305   7193.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2K              59
20190703 2308   7245.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2G              59
20190703 2313  14247.0 USB  W5ODJ         59  K2D              59
20190704 0200   3865.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2F              59
20190704 0204   3986.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  WM3PEN           59
20190704 0206   7174.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  GB13COL          59
20190704 0211   3803.0 LSB  W5ODJ         59  K2I              59

I am also volunteering to operate the K2B station on 40 meters. So far I have managed to make 1,523 contacts working a few hours each day the last three days. It’s a crazy time on the receiving side of making contacts for the event. At times the QSO rate is well above 200 contacts per hour. I liken this to listening to air traffic control during a “push” in a busy time of the day. Its very busy and fun to work to manage all of the inputs from the day.

I’ve heard two familiar voices on the air while I’ve been operating. N0JSD and K8SYH reached out to me at some point. It’s nice hearing people we know.

Spotting is easy using DXSummit. Using this tool makes short work figuring out the band and mode for the operators in each state. At some point it’s just about getting into the fray and working the pileups which are very high at times.

Although I’ve done all of the above using SSB I hope to make some time outside of my K2B operations to use other modes to reach out to each state. In particular, I want to see how digital modes work this year.

73!

John
W5ODJ

Mini Field Day 2019

Compared to most years it was very quiet at my QTH this year.

I’ve been going into and out of making contacts as class 1D section VA. This is the first time I’ve used my own station for Field Day in 10 or so years. I’ve primarily worked 40 and 80 meter phone.

In preparation for Field Day I get my instance of Windows up to date with the latest patches then turn patching off so my computer doesn’t reboot in the middle of a contest. Then updated N1MM to the latest, created a new database for 2019 FD with all the parameters I’d normally use to create a log at the end. Even though I do not plan on submitting a log this year I wanted to go through the process.

It’s messy but it’s mine. You are looking at 20 years of “organization”. 🙂 I’m still tracing some of the wires.

The bands have been very active with a station about every ½ kilocycle. It’s interesting to try to work so many so close together. I suspect the band will go back to normal tonight in the evening when everyone tears down their site and goes back to their daily lives.

I didn’t think I’d miss what we’ve done at LARG over the years, but I do. Those were fun times when we were all working together to achieve a common goal. Our first time to win a 5A category was in 2012. That year we came 12th overall internationally.

We did it again in 2013 with a first place finish in 5A and even better ranking internationally at 6th place. And then in 2014 we did it again by finishing first in 5A and even better at 4th place internationally. You can find all that information on our history pages.

I hope where ever you are you’ve been able to enjoy Field Day this year.

73

John, W5ODJ

75 Meter HF Net

The weekly LARG Thursday Night HF SSB Nets met at 8 PM June 20, 2019. It was a short net because there were only three of us:

K8SYH, Bill
K3WD, Bill
W5ODJ, John

It’s Field Day 2019 weekend! We all mentioned we have plans to play a little in the event. In the past 9-10 years this day (Friday) would be a big day for our club as we planned to set up a 4A or 5A station for the event. It feels a little strange that we are not doing it this year. I hope each of you have found something to do on this big radio weekend.

73!

W5ODJ
John

LARG Regular meeting June 15, 2019

Member attending the regular meeting in June.

Today was a good review of DSP technology given by our very own Jeff Crawford, K0ZR. Always so much to learn!

Breakfast at IHOP was good fun even though it happens at 7am. I’ll need a nap today.

2m Net report for June 2, 2019

The 2m net began at 2030 local time. There where three checkins:

W5ODJ, John (NCS)
KK4TNO, Chaz
WB2UNA, John

The net was quick and secured at 20:40 local time. We’ll meet tomorrow at Wegmans during the lunch hour. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Take care.

W5ODJ

I finally made it happen.

Yesterday I was able to make my first satellite contact. I documented my experience here. If you want to check out my experience go check out my story.

Thanks for Steve, KS1G, for all the help over the years. It takes some of us longer than others to learn stuff like this! 🙂

It was good fun. I highly recommend the effort.

Enjoy!

John
W5ODJ

2m Net report for April 21, 2019

This is the post-net report for the most famous Sunday Night Net held by the Loudoun Amateur Radio Group on 2-Meters FM. Tonight the net was held on the WA4TXE/R 146.700 MHz (-) (no PL tone). W5ODJ (John) was NCS for the evening.

Those who checked in were:

  • WB2UNA, John
  • N4PDY, Mike
  • KG4UPR, Bryan
  • KM4NPK, Nelson
  • W5ODJ, John

it was a family weekend with excellent weather for outdoor activities. Some of us got the chance to dust off a radio and get back on the air. Working hard not to let work get in the way of our fun activities.

The repeater was having some kind of an issue on the input side of things. I had to use high power to get in full quieting. This is something new. The others were having trouble keeping the repeater when transmitting. The net was a bit weird and disjointed but not enough to switch to the standby since there were so few of us.