On 7.043.3 I got K7TQ
for 559/ID/5W for my 579/CA/2W at 0259Z.
I got WC7S
559/WY/1W for my 579/CA/2W on 7.040 at 0256Z.
I heard someone in QSO with Paul W0RW
on 80m but Paul didn't hear me
when I called back.
I heard Paul on 7.040 briefly but there was a QRP Homebrewer
on so I called W5TA
on 7.040 and exchanged 559/CA/2W for
his 559/TX/5W 0253Z, but it was rough.
WA7OSQ, first KX1 80m QSO
I finished my 80m board for the KX1 today. I did it over 3 or 4 days a bit at a time.
The first signal I heard on 80m was noted KX1 owner Bill K6ACJ
, but I don't think he was on his KX1. He signed before I had a chance to call him.
Art in Pasco, WA (about 630 miles) was my first QSO, on 3719 with my 400' low-loop, and Art gave me a 569 QSB to my ~1.5W out.
The loop has a resonance around there, so it didn't really give the KXAT1 a workout at all, and the ATU reported L=C=0.
On the 40m CW band though, all I get is SSB tonight, hi hi...
All in all, I'm impressed that such a thing was possible and pleased I got it. Time will tell if I can use the 80m with portable antennas, but it certainly works with a big resonant one.
I made some progress on the KX1 80m board. I got the KX1 input changed
from the capacitor divider to the link coupled input, the firmware
upgraded, the main board installed and tested, and have started on the
LPF board. Now there's 2 toroids wind, and then the board to install.
I did a QRZ.com Premium Services / Google Maps integration a while back.
If you have a premium services account and a web server, you can set it up.
Most of the work is done in XSLT. There is a small shell script that
runs it as a CGI, but a JSP or ASP or ASP.NET or PHP program could run
the XSLT as well.
Download qrz-google-1.0.tar.gz here.
On 3560.65 I worked NG7Z
for 559 WA NR 1223 at 0305Z.
I sent 599 CA NR 844.
I worked W4NJ
again on 3562.15 for a 599 5W.
I gave 599 CA NR 844.
After ECN I worked Dick W0NTA
on 7042.27 for 55N CO NR 812.
I sent 579 CA NR 844. 5W K2 Loop.
I QSY'd to 7045 for ECN and told KD5ONS
Kevin about my new BL2
which I was using then, and the KX1 80m board which I have just started
. Kevin gave me a 559. I ran 35W to the low loop. After the ECN
I will try FPQRP RFTB on 7044.
FP RFTB FL 5W
I sent CA NR 844.
0209Z 14.062 5W
Antenna:Low 400' loop
I tried to work some more Russian stations CW but worked UA0ZK
Vasiliy in Elizovo, Kamchatka, QO93DC (RDA-KT-02) on 7.027.28.
QSO End 0754Z. Vasiliy was using an FT-1000-MP at 60W with
KPOT http://www.RadioKrot.nm.ru and a Delta 80-40m antenna.
Vasiliy said he was new to PSK, and chatted a bit more than many DX
stations do, which I enjoyed.
I just worked RW0CD
on 14.015.50 QRP 5W to the 400' loop in the
Russian RDXC Contest
. I gave SR 1.
I replaced the finals on my FT-817, which had blown a couple of months
ago when I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary (using the
rig with a tuner to a hamstick, in band). With the move, it's
taken me a while to get to it. I did the phase reversal mod while
I was at it, even though it has the new final board.
I get 4.5-5.5W out according to my Elecraft DL1 on all bands.
I got a 559 from KD5ONS
Kevin off the end of his wire antenna with my K2 and 400' loop up 10 ft with the HFPacker amp.
0202Z 7.045 ECN.
I worked Lloyd K3ESE
559 MD NR 011 at 0003Z on 14.059 with my K2. 400' Loop.
I worked N0TK
on 14.060 CO 559 NR 0948 at 2315z. Low 44' doublet.
I worked K3WW
339 WA NR 22566 from my K2 but failed to get him from my KX1. 2313z
Low 44' doublet.
I worked in EQP on VA6RF
who gave me a 579/AB/24855 on 14.063. I responded 599/CA/23121. 400' loop.
I heard N6KR
calling CQ EQP on 7040 and answered him. Wayne gave me
a 499 CA NR 21217. I responded 579 CA NR 23121.
212Z. Wayne said it was bad WX where he was so I let him go. 400' loop.
I set up my K2 and Pac-12 at Amtech day with the 17m coil and heard a
Japanese roundtable on 18.150. Then JH1OCC
Yuu near Tokyo broke and
called CQ and I answered. He returned my first call and gave me a 5x4
for my 15W solar powered rig. Yuu was running 200W and a 4el beam and I
gave him 5x7.
A bunch of people came by and looked at the rig, and also someone
showing off an OQO PC.
Today it hailed and the sky turned dark green; sure enough, ten minutes
later there was a tornado warning for the East Bay. The cloud that
spawned it had just passed over us. I think part of my loop came down
in the big windstorm. Around 0620Z I heard FO/N6JA
calling CQ on
40m. Brad gave me a 339 on 7004.39 with my 15W K2.