Sunday, July 31, 2005 Zulu
I heard WB6MLC in Minden, NV and we talked a bit but his signal dropped.
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Saturday, July 30, 2005 Zulu
I just worked VK9NS on 14.019 with 14W from my K2 to the low G5RV. "599"
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Thursday, July 28, 2005 Zulu
K6BEN repeater with NASA imagery. I aimed the Yagi a little better.
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Sunday, July 24, 2005 Zulu
VE3WMBBlack Rapids Lock
VE3WMB 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.
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Saturday, July 23, 2005 Zulu
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
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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.
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Friday, July 22, 2005 Zulu
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.
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Thursday, July 21, 2005 Zulu
At 0519Z I worked WA4NVD Curtis in Virginia. There was a high QRN level by the pool, KX1 WA5ZNU/VE3. 20m
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005 Zulu
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.
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Manotick, ON, repeater
I have been listening to the VE3RIX repeater.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2005 Zulu
KB8JMR 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.
- posted by Leigh @ 18:36 z 0 comments
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Monday, July 18, 2005 Zulu
"World's smallest transistor radio" $5.95
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Saturday, July 16, 2005 Zulu
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.
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Friday, July 15, 2005 Zulu
At the cafe, I hooked my KX1 to a Maldol 20m whip and a 14ft wire and heard KF2HC/KP2 working a pileup on 14.022. I might or might not have gotten a QRZ but it was fun anyway.
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Thursday, July 14, 2005 Zulu
A bash clock using the BGMicro 16x1 VFD with the Dale Wheat controller board.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Zulu
They are back on.
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278-812Photo 1037
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.
- posted by Leigh @ 21:17 z 0 comments
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ATV Yagi

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 driven element.

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.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005 Zulu
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.
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Saturday, July 09, 2005 Zulu
Arc 5 40 and 80
Arc 5's 40m and 80m.
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Big meter
Now that's a big meter.
- posted by Leigh @ 16:07 z 0 comments
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Friday, July 08, 2005 Zulu
HFPack Photo
Here is the picture that Elizabeth Churchill took of me in May.
- posted by Leigh @ 22:49 z 0 comments
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005 Zulu
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.

Bill K6ACJ

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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).

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005 Zulu
EDN on surface-mount breadbording
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Sunday, July 03, 2005 Zulu
QTHAnt climb TreeAnt817
KH6ZM Max on 28.032.50 running a KW on an Orion into a 3el monobander up 3000+ft near Kiluea on Hawaii. We had a nice chat. Max ran off to get bread out of the oven. He had been troubled by CB QRM but they left after our QSO. Running 5W or so on my FT-817 and Elecraft T1, K5OOR bino-balun to a 15m dipole in the Mimosa tree.
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Saturday, July 02, 2005 Zulu
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.
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Friday, July 01, 2005 Zulu
VE7SV 14.031 gave me 599 BC and he was 599 NR 5. KX1 mobile
- posted by Leigh @ 19:26 z 0 comments
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K6OWL 14.033 gave me 599 #43 / 599 #4 for me, KX1 mobile, RAC contest.
- posted by Leigh @ 18:51 z 0 comments
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KO7X in the RAC contest 599 NR 349, my 599 NR 3 14.025 1628z mobile KX1 short hamstick.
- posted by Leigh @ 17:11 z 0 comments
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VE7XT in the RAC contest 599 BC, my 599 NR 2 14.038 1620z mobile KX1 short hamstick.
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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!
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