Called the net as scheduled at 8PM, We had four of us aboard tonight: W5ODJ (John), KT9N (Chris), K3WD (Bill), and KE4S (Dave). The band was not real good, but workable – lightning storm about 15 miles away. We chatted about the weather, our keying, and my finally getting a wire antenna back in the air after a couple months of withdrawal symptoms from lack of CW. Closed the net at 8:34. Please join us next week at the regularly scheduled time. 73 de Dave KE4S.
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.
Net started at 20:35 and ended at 20:40. Check-ins are as follows.
N0JSD, John (NCS and NM)
Have a great week!
Field Day has been a journey! I made a lot of contacts, and some new skills. I operated from two places this year. The first location I operated from was the Clarke County Fairgrounds with SVARC (W4RKC). I operated CW and SSB with them. I recorded one of the contacts and it can be found here.
I also operated from the shack. I operated SSB and CW also here. Funny enough, John, W5ODJ is in my log. I also recorded a contact here, but I guess it did not record. I’ll just keep it here, because I do not know how to remove videos.
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:
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.
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.
Called the weekly slow cw net at 8:00PM with only two check ins – K3WD (Bill) and me. We had a nice 30 minute qso discussing family visits and vacations. Also, along with all the other ham activities this coming weekend, don’t forget that this weekend is the Summer Stew Perry 160 meter cw contest. I hope to get a few more South America contacts after the club meeting and the ham fest. 73 de Dave KE4S
The 75-meter session was opened at 20:00 EDT on 3675 kHz with 3 check-ins:
Call Name SIG Lvl
—- —- ——-
W4PMP Chris S8
K3WD Bill S9
KG4UPR Bryan (NCS) —
Signal levels recorded at NCS QTH Potomac Falls in eastern Loudoun County, Virginia (FM19ha)
Short-range conditions were fair. After two rounds of comments the 75-meter session was closed at 20:13 EST.
The 10-meter session of the net was called at 20:14 EDT on 28405 kHz, but no local stations were heard.
Thanks for participating.
80m – 3675 KHz on 7 JUN 2019 Open 0000Z
Listening 3814 KHz for General class ops to check-in
K3WD Bill S9
K8SYH Bill S7-S9
NoJSD John +10 on 3814
KE4S Dave, net control
10m – on 28.405 MHz
Not called: my antenna out of service on 10m
73 de Dave KE4S
The 2m net began at 2030 local time. There where three checkins:
W5ODJ, John (NCS)
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!