I heard WB6MLC
in Minden, NV and we talked a bit but his signal dropped.
I just worked VK9NS
on 14.019 with 14W from my K2 to the low G5RV. "599"
K6BEN repeater with NASA imagery. I
aimed the Yagi a little better.
Michael and I took our rigs to Black Rapid Lock, Ottowa,
Ontario. July 21 9-12 EDT. I set up my FT-817 and T1 to twinlead to a
Pac-12 and Michael tried his new Altoids Tuner he got at Lobstercon with
his K1 to a 51ft inverted L with a set of 10ft ribbon cable radials,
supported by a couple of Shakspeare poles (like the SD20). We made no
contacts. Michael told me that the FCC NPRM came out about no-code.
I worked MM0DFV
/M in Scotland on 14.035 with an end-fed half wave inverted vee up 10' and a 16ft radial, which the KX1 matched at 2.4:1. He answered me the second time. 1603z
I worked N2CQ
Ken in New Jersey in a contest on 7.049.71 as WA5ZNU/VE3 KX1 to a
center-supported 33ft wire and counterposise. I had the counterpoise
in the pool but took it out and Jim copied me right away, whereas it was
many repeats before.
I worked AC0CL
on 14.020 with my KX1 and a wire up the umbrella over
to a Cabelas pole poolside in Ottawa, WA5ZNU/VE3. I copied him as
saying he was in Norway, IA. It was very rough so we said 73. There is
a high QRN level by the pool, so I oriented the antenna the other way,
and it reduced it a little.
At 0519Z I worked WA4NVD
Curtis in Virginia. There was a high QRN level by the pool, KX1 WA5ZNU/VE3. 20m
Fron the park in Ottawa I worked KZ1H
George near Boston, 599 and got 569 with my KX1 and ant-climb-tree. George was running 100W into a vertical.
Manotick, ON, repeater
I have been listening to the VE3RIX
In a cross-mode QSO on 20m, Jim called CQ 20 on 14.195 SSB running an
Icom and amp 600W to a 3el beam, and was kind enough to answer my CW.
I was operating portable with an Elecraft KX1 on CW to a 24ft piece of
wire in a tree, on vacation on Rideau Long Island, Ottawa, Ontario as
WA5ZNU/VE3. There was a high QRN level but he were 5x9 and got a relay
from a K8 but then the band faded.
"World's smallest transistor radio" $5.95
W5MPZ Trinity Special Event Station
I worked W5MPZ
the Trinity special event
station on 14.330, 35W with the K2 and K5OOR amplifier. OM answered on the first call.
At the cafe, I hooked my KX1 to a Maldol 20m whip and a 14ft wire and
/KP2 working a pileup on 14.022. I might or might not
have gotten a QRZ but it was fun anyway.
A bash clock using the BGMicro
with the Dale Wheat
They are back on.
Here is the driven element connection with an F connector, Radio Shack
278-812. It works from inside my house with enough signal to get color even. The big brown spot is an artifact of the digital camera and the TV refresh. Next step is to put it outside so I can see the NASA Ames Space Shuttle video
when it launches.
Here is my 421.25 MHz 75 ohm receive Yagi for tomorrow's space
shuttle launch video from NASA Ames ARC and K6BEN. The article in July 2005 CQ by
WA5VJB was very timely.
I started out using a ground stake from construction, but it was a
little thicker than called for and a bit dirty. Then I noticed that the
yardstick I was using might be good if I glued a couple together, so I
went to buy another at lunch, but found some 1-1/16" x 3/8" trim that
wouldn't require gluing to I settled on that. I used 1/4" aluminum
rod because it is what I could find, and #12 copper wire for the
The coax will have to wait until tomorrow...probably I have some 75
ohm stuff around. The house TV antenna seems to work for VHF, and the
VCR sems to work on the cable channels, so I just ned enough to reach
the house drop.
In the IARU contestM
I worked NU1AW
/3 on 14.162.30 with 35W who gave me 5-9-IARU and I reported 5-9-06.
Arc 5's 40m and 80m.
Now that's a big meter.
Here is the picture that Elizabeth Churchill
me in May.
K6ACJ Olivia 100mw
I used an attenuator to get below the 375mw minimum output of my K2.
At 375mW PSK63 and Olivia worked about the same, though PSK63 was faster.
At 100mW we lost PSK63.
From APRPack reports
Subject: Digi Record 7/6/2005 ending 0524UTC
WA5ZNU and K6ACJ, 100 milliwatts from San Francisco Bay to Huntington
Beach, about 410 miles using digital mode Olivia. Over 200 words and
two 2-way xmissions completed with wa5znu. S/N = - 6 TO -12 ON 7087Khz.
Hiking at the Stanford Radio-Telescope dish.
By the dish there was also a very long wire antenna.
We also saw the W6YX antennas, including a bunch of Yagis, some
inverted vees, an inverted L, a low Beverage, some rather frightening
looking VHF or UHF arrays, and a weird thing made of 4 poles with either
elements or capacitance hats at top and middle, all going to a feedline
array in the center. Later on the hill we saw what might have been the
N6NFI site, but my HT signal strength was S9+10, the same as it was
when we entered the preserve, and finally a pair of giant log-periodics
(dunno what they are).
Heard VK2YU and LU1FHH
Picnic table portable, I heard QRZ:VK2YU Q3 on 15m SSB talking to a VK mobile who was detectable but that's all, and then QRZ:LU1FHH beacon chirping away on 28.198, Mitchell park.
14.031 gave me 599 BC and he was 599 NR 5. KX1 mobile
gave me 599 #43 / 599 #4 for me, KX1 mobile, RAC contest.
in the RAC contest 599 NR 349, my 599 NR 3 14.025 1628z mobile KX1 short hamstick.
in the RAC contest 599 BC, my 599 NR 2 14.038 1620z mobile KX1
Happy Canada Day VE7RAC
I worked VE7RAC
who gave me 599 BC and I responded 599 CA #1 on the RAC Canada Day Contest
on 3522.09 5W with the K2. Not bad for my first (and probably only) entry in the contest!