heard me but was in QSO with a KM5. He called me afterwards and we had a nice chat until it got dark and the mosquitoes bothered me. Darron gave me a 449. He was 579 but faded way down right at the end. Darron was a novice at the same time as my father N5LK
when he was WN5UBQ, and I heard from Darron after a posting on one of the ham sites about taking the code test in New Orleans, which we all three had done. I've talked to Darron by chance on 80m (quite a stretech for my low antenna) and again tonight QRP on 20m, and a third time as well.
QRV portable with the KX1 from the tennis court at the local park.
un7qx on 14.010 but couldn't break the pileup.
Then WA5TCZ Darron on 14.033, but he didn't hear me.
From a park near Embarcadero Rd with my KX1 I worked QRZFN5DO 5NN Brew
2245Z Texas QRP Contest.
My SoftRock-40 works! I used a piece of RGB monitor cable with a BNC I
already had, since I don't have an appropriate crimp tool for the RG-174
and BNC they gave me, and used Virgil K5OOR
's technique of looping a
wire around to make a shield refief connection. I ran SDRadio as it is
an easy install, and although it came up under WINE, it produced no
audio out. On Windows it worked FB. And I was able to copy a couple of
CW QSOS on 40m right away, using a piece of speaker cable that runs
outside the house as an antenna (no ground).
There wss plenty of junk at the center frequency but below that (I
swapped IQ in the program) it was OK.
I finished my SoftRock 40
SDR from AMQRP, but haven't put on the audio and RF cables yet.
I want to go over it with a magnifying glass and look for solder bridges.
The space between the pads and the ground plane is really small.
I heard UA9MA
in Omsk, Asiatic Russia on 14.026.50 but didn't get through. The signal was strong but fluttery.
I turned on the K2 and heard WA7ND
call CQ on 3535. We had a brief
QSO. Rick is near Bend, OR and used to be a captain in Hawaii, but now
is a scuba instructor (with his own gear) but leaves the boating the
pilot. Rick misses the warm waters of Hawaii, but seemed to be enjoying
his G5RV up 40ft in some pine trees and his Yaesu FT1000MP. I mis-wrote
his call as WA7N and Rick was nice enough to point it out on the final.
Rick has been a ham for 28 years. He gave me a 569 for my 10W and I
gave him a 599 for his 100W.
Washing Machine RFI
I have an article
but he sed it didn't count because I wasn't in WA. Oh well.
Bert gave me a 339 from Riberbank, CA on 7.042 from Foothill Park. The park is down in a hollow, and my antenna was a 24ft wire up about 15ft in a tree, and a couple of wires on the ground. One of the other party guests was an active ham, and two others with expired calls came by and talked quite a bit, listening to 40 and 20, and talking about HF vs VHF for emergency communications.
14.037.50 2301z from Foothill Park KX1. I got 599, gave 599.
0349Z 3539Khz gave me 599 King County.
I gave him 599 CA.
Me at AmTech day
at SLAC with my K2, photo by KD6WYK
. Everybody asked about my solar panel. It's a 1A one I got it at Weird Stuff Warehouse
just before Field Day 2005, but they're sold out now. I found some similarly-priced ones on EBay for $65 or so, 750ma, but without a charge controller, so you might need to get one
from Don Brown.
Salmon Run at Fars Amtech Day site
599 WHATCOM ~2200Z 5W 14.061
I sent 599 CA.
W7NNN (Salmon Run)
Salmon Run at Fars Amtech Day site
5NN 5NN PIE 14.056.13 2142z.
I sent 599 CA 5W.
W7WMO (Salmon Run)
14.049.30 599 PEND Salmon Run CW.
I sent 599 CA.
N7YRT (Salmon Run)
1828z 14.060 CW "599 STE" in SR
K7RE (QRP Afield)
I worked K7RE
on 14.060 in QRP Afield 2005
, in WY, from soccer field with KX1. I sent 459 3W CA. He sent NR was 498?, 14.062. I didn't write it down, so it might have been 496 or 497..
Salmon Run / QRP Afield at Fars Amtech Day site
55n CO ~2200Z 5W 14.061
I sent 579 CA 100mW.
I had let a few people play with my K2 and somehow the power control got
turned all the way down.
I didn't notice it until N0SXX
asked for my PWR!
Update: See pictures from N0SXX.
GlowBug 40 Switch
I cut the panel for the GlowBug-40
I worked W6H
on 7.033, op Bill. K2. Got a 559, in the Route 66 special event.
I seem to be a random ham
My computer crashed today and either took the circuit breaker with it,
or vice versa. I put in a new power supply and it works now.
It's a trifle louder, but it still works. There's a switching power
supply raspy warble on 7.040 now but it's not from the computer, which
was off and unplugged.
I spent about 20 minutes with an HT chasing it around but couldn't find it.
W6E (Chino, CA)
I heard W6E
on 7.035.50 op Becky K6EY
in Chino, CA calling CQ at S9+40.
Becky answered me the first call:
WA5ZNU DE ... W6E GE TU UR 5NN 5NN = OP BECKY/6 ... K6EY MUST BE GETTING TIRED
CUZ SO MANY MISTAKES HEE SRI HW? WA5ZNU DE W6E K
W6E DE WA5ZNU = TU BECKY = UR 5NN PLUS HR IN PALO ALTO CA = XYL IS BECKY
TOO HIHI = GUD LUCK W EVENT = NAME LEE = HW BK
HEE = LEE, DOES UR BECKY WANT W6E ALSO? BK
BK NOT A HAM BUT DAD ES SIS IS ES KIDS STUDDYING HIHI BK
OK TNX LEE ES QSL VIA W6JBT W6JBT = GL TO UR XYL HPE SHE GETS TICKET =
ES GL IN RT 66 TOUR 73 GN WA5ZNU DE W6E
We worked on the GlowBug 40.
The PC board is done.
I've had it a
while but not started it.
The kit needs some zip cord, a toggle switch, and 4 wood screws to screw
to the base.
I already had bought the base, Plexiglas, and aluminum cover. I intend
to buy *VHT-SP201 black crinkle paint for the aluminum.
I suspect it has to be baked, but I don't know, so I may have to use
matte black for the base.
I also haven't fashioned the tongue that holds up the switch, but I do
have spare aluminum.
Also, I've been corresponding with K3MD who posted on EHam.net that he used
a voltage doubler to raise the B+ to 270V. I asked if he upped the
value or the power rating of the bleeder resistor, and he said no, but
he did change the tuning capacitor to an air-spaced one for his 4W
K7T (Invention of TV)
I worked K7T Wesley (W7WES
) in Utah, commemorating the invention
of TV by Philo T. Farnsworth. Wesley knows Mrs. Farnsworth, who was the first person on TV. Wes gave me a 5x9.
K2, 13W, at home, 14.244.
W6N (Joplin, MO)
I just worked W6N
Jay in Joplin, MO as part of thr Route 66 project. Jay gave me a 559 and copied me on 14.240 CW crossmode. I
gave him a 5x9. Jay said, Kthe CW sure is good - I don't think we could
have copied you sideband." KX1 at 4W.
K5XK (AR QSO Party)
I just worked K5XK
in Craighead, Arkansas on 14.059.50 at 1818z. He gave me a 559, I gave him 579. He is in thr AR QSO Party. KX1 and wire
in tree, Terman Middle School.
I heard NB6M
Wayne on 7.040 answering someone, but they didn't have a QSO.
Later I heard Wayne talking to someone else, but missed my chance because
I had gone down to 80m for a while. I also heard W7QQQ
who had quite
chirp. I looked him up and I bet he was using something like
, hi hi.
I found that my KAT100 measures its RF out and the K2 uses that to meet
the power setting from the front panel, so even with my K5OOR
amplifier in place, I can't get more than about 15 watts, becuase the K2
turns the drive down to match its maximum setting. I've asked Elecraft
if there is a solution to this closed-loop problem.
I had a nice ragchew on 3530 with Mark W6DVO in Kneeland, CA. Mark
has 15 acres that he took from a broken-down house to a comfortable home
at 2200ft for him and his wife, his 160M Windom antenna, and a host of
outdoor critters. He's going to put up a 40ft mast and then maybe a
quad or a beam he's researching.
This was my first QSO with the KAT100, 10W from the K2.