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Re: CSVHF Conference cancelled this year

Jay
 

Sorry to hear the new James, but thank you for sharing it.  Are you all thinking that CSVHF 2022 will be held in the same location?

- Jay N1AV

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 8:35 AM James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
The CSVHF board of Directors met last night and voted, not unanimously, not to hold the CSVHF conference this year. It is uncertain at this time if a virtual event will be held in its stead. I don’t know how many of you were planning on going as it was to be held fairly far away, but if you were planning on going, you can adapt your plans accordingly. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM






CSVHF Conference cancelled this year

James Duffey
 

The CSVHF board of Directors met last night and voted, not unanimously, not to hold the CSVHF conference this year. It is uncertain at this time if a virtual event will be held in its stead. I don’t know how many of you were planning on going as it was to be held fairly far away, but if you were planning on going, you can adapt your plans accordingly. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


Re: RMHAM Pico-Balloon flying across New Mexico

Brian Mileshosky
 

All —

In my haste to get this announcement out, I failed to include one important note:  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio would also like to give a shout-out and thank Don Giles KM5XK and Dean Shutt AL7CR for their generous donation of ultra-pure helium for this launch.  We are grateful!

73,
Brian N5ZGT

On Feb 27, 2021, at 10:41 AM, Brian Mileshosky <n5zgt@...> wrote:

Greetings —

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio (RMHAM) launched a “pico-balloon” from Albuquerque this morning in conjunction with today’s New Mexico TechFest event.

A pico-balloon is a 3 foot mylar party balloon, filled partially with ultra-pure helium, and carrying a 13 gram solar-powered APRS transmitter.  The balloon is intended to travel for long distances (not to achieve heights) and are not intended to be recovered.  These balloons have literally circumnavigated the globe — even multiple times — before finally going down.

Since being launched from Albuquerque just before 8:30AM MST this morning, it is currently cruising between Springer and Clayton, New Mexico at an altitude of 26,000 feet at nearly 120 MPH.  It beacons on APRS every 2 minutes, and will continue to beacon for as long as the sun is hitting its solar panels (or until the balloon descends naturally or due to weather).  It is expected to fly at least to Maine and will likely continue flying further eastward as winds allow.

If you’d like to track the progress of the RMHAM pico-balloon yourself, check out either of these websites:

https://tracker.habhub.org (Look for N5ZGT-1 in the list on the left side of the page)


RMHAM plans to conduct at least two more launches from the Albuquerque this spring/summer.  COVID permitting, we will invite interested amateur radio operators to participate in the launch in-person.  One of these launches will carry a 15 gram 20-meter HF WSPR payload which will allow tracking while the balloon is over oceans (where VHF APRS digis are not).

For more information about Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and the TechFest event that is currently in progress, please visit https://www.rmham.org

73,
Brian N5ZGT




RMHAM Pico-Balloon flying across New Mexico

Brian Mileshosky
 

Greetings —

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio (RMHAM) launched a “pico-balloon” from Albuquerque this morning in conjunction with today’s New Mexico TechFest event.

A pico-balloon is a 3 foot mylar party balloon, filled partially with ultra-pure helium, and carrying a 13 gram solar-powered APRS transmitter.  The balloon is intended to travel for long distances (not to achieve heights) and are not intended to be recovered.  These balloons have literally circumnavigated the globe — even multiple times — before finally going down.

Since being launched from Albuquerque just before 8:30AM MST this morning, it is currently cruising between Springer and Clayton, New Mexico at an altitude of 26,000 feet at nearly 120 MPH.  It beacons on APRS every 2 minutes, and will continue to beacon for as long as the sun is hitting its solar panels (or until the balloon descends naturally or due to weather).  It is expected to fly at least to Maine and will likely continue flying further eastward as winds allow.

If you’d like to track the progress of the RMHAM pico-balloon yourself, check out either of these websites:

https://tracker.habhub.org (Look for N5ZGT-1 in the list on the left side of the page)


RMHAM plans to conduct at least two more launches from the Albuquerque this spring/summer.  COVID permitting, we will invite interested amateur radio operators to participate in the launch in-person.  One of these launches will carry a 15 gram 20-meter HF WSPR payload which will allow tracking while the balloon is over oceans (where VHF APRS digis are not).

For more information about Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and the TechFest event that is currently in progress, please visit https://www.rmham.org

73,
Brian N5ZGT



New Mexico TechFest -- This Saturday

Brian Mileshosky
 

Greetings — 

There is still time to register for the 2021 New Mexico TechFest, which takes place this Saturday, February 27.  This year’s speaker lineup is outstanding (check out the attached PDF file for presentation abstracts and speaker bios!), the prize lineup has grown, and online registration is open.

Hosted by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio - New Mexico (RMHAM), the New Mexico TechFest features a day of quality presentations provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s (and beyond) leading technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant topics within amateur radio.  The purpose of TechFest is to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge and collaboration within the amateur radio community, and to encourage the discussion of new ideas with one another.

TechFest is open to all interested hams.  Advanced registration is required.  Registration is $10 with proceeds offsetting event related expenses…see website for details.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and New Mexico’s public health orders, this year’s event will be conducted virtually in webinar format.  Join us from the comfort of your home!  A video camera is not required.

Event registration closes at 9:00pm MST this Friday.  Visit the New Mexico TechFest website at http://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest for event details including the schedule of events, prize lineup, and online registration.  We look forward to your participation!

73,
Brian N5ZGT
President, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio — New Mexico


New Mexico TechFest -- February 27

Brian Mileshosky
 

Greetings — 

The 2021 New Mexico TechFest is scheduled just about two weeks from now...Saturday, February 27.  This year’s speaker lineup is outstanding (check out the attached PDF file which contains this year’s presentation abstracts and speaker bios!), the prize lineup is growing, and online registration is open.

Hosted by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio - New Mexico (RMHAM), the New Mexico TechFest features a day of quality presentations provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s (and beyond) leading technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant topics within amateur radio.  The purpose of TechFest is to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge and collaboration within the amateur radio community, and to encourage the discussion of new ideas with one another.

TechFest is open to all interested hams.  Admission is $10 with proceeds offsetting event related expenses…see website for details.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around New Mexico’s public health orders, this year’s event will be conducted virtually.  Join us from the comfort of your home!

Prizes will be drawn throughout the event.  This year’s TechFest will also feature the launch of a pico balloon (weather permitting), intended to travel across the country and possibly the world while carrying a solar powered VHF APRS beacon.  Hams will be able to track the location of this balloon online once launched.

Please visit the New Mexico TechFest website for more information, schedule of events, prize lineup, and to register online (http://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest).  We look forward to your participation!

73,
Brian N5ZGT
President, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio — New Mexico


New Mexico TechFest -- Presentation lineup, Online registration

Brian Mileshosky
 


Greetings — 

This note is to announce that the presentation lineup for this year’s New Mexico TechFest has been released.  In addition, online registration for the event is now OPEN!

Please visit https://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest to view the lineup, read the abstracts, learn about this year's speakers, and register to attend TechFest.

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio - New Mexico (RMHAM) is pleased to announce its seventh annual New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  TechFest features a day of quality presentations and demonstrations provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s (and beyond) leading technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant topics within amateur radio.  Its purpose is to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge and collaboration within the amateur radio community, and to encourage the discussion of new ideas with one another.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around New Mexico’s public health orders, this year’s event will be conducted virtually. 

TechFest is open to all interested hams.  Admission is $10.  Proceeds will offset event related expenses…see website for details.

Presentation-related prizes will be drawn throughout the event.  In addition, this year’s TechFest will feature the launch of a pico balloon (weather permitting), intended to travel across the country and possibly the world while carrying a VHF APRS or HF WSPR beacon.  Hams will be able to track the location of this balloon online once launched.

Lots of information awaits you at the New Mexico TechFest (http://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest).  We look forward to your participation!

73,
Brian N5ZGT
President, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio — New Mexico


Re: [VHFcontesting] Solving FT8, scoring, categories

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

I'm just sayin', if you hope to log DM87 (or DM77) in the three Summer
VHF contests, you'd better display rudimentary voice or cw skills.
73
Jonesy
--
Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK


Re: ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category

James Duffey
 

OK, my table got garbled. Sorry. Here is another attempt. Monospaced font:

Power       Band             Station       Operators

(Pick 1)   (Pick 1 or 2)       (Pick 1)   (Pick 1)


High       Low (6M to 432)     Fixed            Single

Low       High (902 to light)  Portable   Multi

QRP                     Rover



Chinese menu style category selection. Pick from each column. 

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 18, 2021, at 10:35, James Duffey <jamesduffey@...> wrote:

Keith - While I understand and respect your position, I am concerned about the proliferation of categories in the VHF/UHF Contests without some well thought out rationale. The introduction of the Limited Multioperator category has significantly reduced participation in the Multioperator category and, with it, severely reduced microwave activity. The same thing has happened with the introduction of the Limited Rover category. The Single Operator Three Band category has had the same effect on 222MHz activity. While appealing to the guys who have DC to Daylight rigs, it has reduced the incentive to get on 222MHz for many. So, at first blush, your three band high power proposal kind of alarms me. Let me suggest an alternative. 

If one thinks some categories are important, and they probably are, I think it makes sense to use a “Chinese Restaurant Menu” scheme. I saw this first suggested by K5AM in the VHF Contesting forum many years ago. This is a modification of his proposal:

Power

Band

Station

Operators

(Pick one)

(Pick one or two)

(Pick one)

(Pick one)

High

Low (6M to 432)

Fixed

Single (one)

Low

High (902 to light)

Portable

Multiple( to or more)

QRP


Rover


 
I like this approach. It allows one more opportunity to customize categories than trying to force fit into the current narrowly defined categories. 

I hope the table comes across OK. If not, try switching to a monospaced font. If that doesn’t work, I can try something else. 

One essentially chooses the category to enter by selecting from each column. So you might like to enter High-Low-Fixed-Single instead of your wish for high power 3 band. W7QQ might enter High-Both-Fixed-Single; I might enter Low-Both-Rover-Single. It gives the SOTA guys opportunities to do multioperator QRP efforts.

In my experience with Rover and UHF Contest issues, asking the CAC to do something is can be an exercise in frustration.  From my experience, after you contact your CAC representative, your CAC representative will politely respond with they can only act on issues the ARRL BOD sends them. Which is true. If you talk to your Director, the Director will nicely say these things are handled through the Program Services Committee (PSC). If you talk to a PSC Committee member they will either reply that they are not your Director and you should tell your director what you want, or, if they are your director, they will say they can only act if there is a lot of demand, which there isn’t,  being as VHF/UHF contesting is a small niche of the hams they represent. Many (most?) of the ARRL hierarchy are not familiar with VHF/UHF contesting, and after listening to you explain what you want done and why it is useful, and in some cases the appeal of VHF/UHF contesting, will refer you to someone who is familiar with VHF/UHF concerns. That person likely has no representative connection with you and likely has no power to enact what you want done, but will very nicely take the time to listen to you. In the end, something may get done, but the CAC won’t initiate it. I may have exaggerated my interactions a bit, and at that time my interaction was complicated further by a VHF/UHF Contest Advisory Committee, but it is a problem. 

And, I agree with K5AM, who, along with suggesting the Chinese Restaurant Menu scheme for categories, made the insightful comment that “Limited” is a poor choice of a name for any contesting category. 
 
Sorry for the rant on your nickel Keith. I have an ulterior motive, it is always nice to work you in the contests, on lots of bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 18, 2021, at 09:03, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


I think it's humorous that a lot of folks still think there is a HIGH POWER category as a subset of the 3 BAND class.

But, it brings up a question.  I, personally, would be all over a category like 3 BAND HIGH POWER.  3 band is a natural for where I live and, already having amplifiers to compete in the traditional high-power class (the big-boy class....wink wink nudge nudge), I'm not going to put them aside and take the BIG hit out here in the wilderness of trying to work "locals" 200 miles away with 100W on 432 or, our bread and butter 6M scatter with low power.

What do others think about petitioning the CAC to add a HIGH POWER subcategory to 3 BAND ?  It certainly wouldn't diminish the traditional (it's been around long enough that I can call it that) 3 band class - it gives people the choice, just like the all-band categories.  But, it WOULD open up, in my opinion, pretty intense competition for a BUNCH of guys who know they CAN NOT win the regular high power class which is pretty much dominated by one or two stations, time after time after time.  I'm not denigrating the skill and engineering talent required to pull off a top all band high power station - I salute that.  But, unless you live in a very select area of the country, with plenty of stations to work above 1296 MHz, all the gear and skill in the world will do you no good.

I would welcome a 3 BAND HIGH POWER category and I believe it just might invigorate my rapidly diminishing desire to VHF contest, in general .  Anybody else have an opinion ?

-W9RM
DM58 CO


Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


Re: ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category

James Duffey
 

Keith - While I understand and respect your position, I am concerned about the proliferation of categories in the VHF/UHF Contests without some well thought out rationale. The introduction of the Limited Multioperator category has significantly reduced participation in the Multioperator category and, with it, severely reduced microwave activity. The same thing has happened with the introduction of the Limited Rover category. The Single Operator Three Band category has had the same effect on 222MHz activity. While appealing to the guys who have DC to Daylight rigs, it has reduced the incentive to get on 222MHz for many. So, at first blush, your three band high power proposal kind of alarms me. Let me suggest an alternative. 

If one thinks some categories are important, and they probably are, I think it makes sense to use a “Chinese Restaurant Menu” scheme. I saw this first suggested by K5AM in the VHF Contesting forum many years ago. This is a modification of his proposal:

Power

Band

Station

Operators

(Pick one)

(Pick one or two)

(Pick one)

(Pick one)

High

Low (6M to 432)

Fixed

Single (one)

Low

High (902 to light)

Portable

Multiple( to or more)

QRP


Rover


 
I like this approach. It allows one more opportunity to customize categories than trying to force fit into the current narrowly defined categories. 

I hope the table comes across OK. If not, try switching to a monospaced font. If that doesn’t work, I can try something else. 

One essentially chooses the category to enter by selecting from each column. So you might like to enter High-Low-Fixed-Single instead of your wish for high power 3 band. W7QQ might enter High-Both-Fixed-Single; I might enter Low-Both-Rover-Single. It gives the SOTA guys opportunities to do multioperator QRP efforts.

In my experience with Rover and UHF Contest issues, asking the CAC to do something is can be an exercise in frustration.  From my experience, after you contact your CAC representative, your CAC representative will politely respond with they can only act on issues the ARRL BOD sends them. Which is true. If you talk to your Director, the Director will nicely say these things are handled through the Program Services Committee (PSC). If you talk to a PSC Committee member they will either reply that they are not your Director and you should tell your director what you want, or, if they are your director, they will say they can only act if there is a lot of demand, which there isn’t,  being as VHF/UHF contesting is a small niche of the hams they represent. Many (most?) of the ARRL hierarchy are not familiar with VHF/UHF contesting, and after listening to you explain what you want done and why it is useful, and in some cases the appeal of VHF/UHF contesting, will refer you to someone who is familiar with VHF/UHF concerns. That person likely has no representative connection with you and likely has no power to enact what you want done, but will very nicely take the time to listen to you. In the end, something may get done, but the CAC won’t initiate it. I may have exaggerated my interactions a bit, and at that time my interaction was complicated further by a VHF/UHF Contest Advisory Committee, but it is a problem. 

And, I agree with K5AM, who, along with suggesting the Chinese Restaurant Menu scheme for categories, made the insightful comment that “Limited” is a poor choice of a name for any contesting category. 
 
Sorry for the rant on your nickel Keith. I have an ulterior motive, it is always nice to work you in the contests, on lots of bands. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 18, 2021, at 09:03, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


I think it's humorous that a lot of folks still think there is a HIGH POWER category as a subset of the 3 BAND class.

But, it brings up a question.  I, personally, would be all over a category like 3 BAND HIGH POWER.  3 band is a natural for where I live and, already having amplifiers to compete in the traditional high-power class (the big-boy class....wink wink nudge nudge), I'm not going to put them aside and take the BIG hit out here in the wilderness of trying to work "locals" 200 miles away with 100W on 432 or, our bread and butter 6M scatter with low power.

What do others think about petitioning the CAC to add a HIGH POWER subcategory to 3 BAND ?  It certainly wouldn't diminish the traditional (it's been around long enough that I can call it that) 3 band class - it gives people the choice, just like the all-band categories.  But, it WOULD open up, in my opinion, pretty intense competition for a BUNCH of guys who know they CAN NOT win the regular high power class which is pretty much dominated by one or two stations, time after time after time.  I'm not denigrating the skill and engineering talent required to pull off a top all band high power station - I salute that.  But, unless you live in a very select area of the country, with plenty of stations to work above 1296 MHz, all the gear and skill in the world will do you no good.

I would welcome a 3 BAND HIGH POWER category and I believe it just might invigorate my rapidly diminishing desire to VHF contest, in general .  Anybody else have an opinion ?

-W9RM
DM58 CO


Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


Re: ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category

Bob Norton
 

I need to address some maintenance issues to get me back on the VHF/UHF track. But, I for one would be most interested in a 3 band High Power category. Have found my niche on 3 Band but it would be nice to boost the ERP. Unfortunately limited to 50W on 432 by regulation, but with a new class I then could use full output of my 2 meter 170W brick amp and be incentivized to pursue more 2 meter output. Have 2 amps capable of 1K on 6 meters, shame not to use such.

With those of us scattered about the Rocky Mountain / Southwest wide open spaces with fixed stations 3 Band High Power would be ideal, IMO.

73, Bob N5EPA



On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 9:03 AM Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
I think it's humorous that a lot of folks still think there is a HIGH POWER category as a subset of the 3 BAND class.

But, it brings up a question.  I, personally, would be all over a category like 3 BAND HIGH POWER.  3 band is a natural for where I live and, already having amplifiers to compete in the traditional high-power class (the big-boy class....wink wink nudge nudge), I'm not going to put them aside and take the BIG hit out here in the wilderness of trying to work "locals" 200 miles away with 100W on 432 or, our bread and butter 6M scatter with low power.

What do others think about petitioning the CAC to add a HIGH POWER subcategory to 3 BAND ?  It certainly wouldn't diminish the traditional (it's been around long enough that I can call it that) 3 band class - it gives people the choice, just like the all-band categories.  But, it WOULD open up, in my opinion, pretty intense competition for a BUNCH of guys who know they CAN NOT win the regular high power class which is pretty much dominated by one or two stations, time after time after time.  I'm not denigrating the skill and engineering talent required to pull off a top all band high power station - I salute that.  But, unless you live in a very select area of the country, with plenty of stations to work above 1296 MHz, all the gear and skill in the world will do you no good.

I would welcome a 3 BAND HIGH POWER category and I believe it just might invigorate my rapidly diminishing desire to VHF contest, in general .  Anybody else have an opinion ?

-W9RM
DM58 CO


Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


ARRL VHF test "3 BAND" category

Keith Morehouse
 

I think it's humorous that a lot of folks still think there is a HIGH POWER category as a subset of the 3 BAND class.

But, it brings up a question.  I, personally, would be all over a category like 3 BAND HIGH POWER.  3 band is a natural for where I live and, already having amplifiers to compete in the traditional high-power class (the big-boy class....wink wink nudge nudge), I'm not going to put them aside and take the BIG hit out here in the wilderness of trying to work "locals" 200 miles away with 100W on 432 or, our bread and butter 6M scatter with low power.

What do others think about petitioning the CAC to add a HIGH POWER subcategory to 3 BAND ?  It certainly wouldn't diminish the traditional (it's been around long enough that I can call it that) 3 band class - it gives people the choice, just like the all-band categories.  But, it WOULD open up, in my opinion, pretty intense competition for a BUNCH of guys who know they CAN NOT win the regular high power class which is pretty much dominated by one or two stations, time after time after time.  I'm not denigrating the skill and engineering talent required to pull off a top all band high power station - I salute that.  But, unless you live in a very select area of the country, with plenty of stations to work above 1296 MHz, all the gear and skill in the world will do you no good.

I would welcome a 3 BAND HIGH POWER category and I believe it just might invigorate my rapidly diminishing desire to VHF contest, in general .  Anybody else have an opinion ?

-W9RM
DM58 CO


Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


N7GP/R ROVER PLANS THIS WEEKEND JAN VHF CONTEST

Tom
 

To ALL..
I will starting out noon local in DM42 then DM43, DM33, DM34,then DM44 and DM45..return same route back in DM32 late evening Saturday.
I will be spending the night in DM32 and DM33 and DM42 running MSk 144 on 6 and 2 mtrs..
On Sunday I will be Starting at 7 am in DM32 then DM33 then DM42, DM43, Rustlers Roost about 10 am Local 1700 UTC ,,,,then moving return trip back thru DM43, DM42, DM33 AND ending up DM32 at 1 PM for start of Rover convergence... Will be circling DM32, 33, 42, 43. all Sunday afternoon and evening..until end of contest...
I will have digital modes on 6, 2, 222 and 432,, and I am looking for Schedules, anytime of day or night.

my Cell is 419-370-8802..
Or email wa8wzgh@wa8wzg.net
Call or email for ANY schedules ....any band!!

I have all bands 6 meters thru 10 GHz .. 9 BANDS...this trip....SSB, FM CW and Digital.
I am open to any attempts on any band...ANY TIME!!!!
Looking forward to working many of you !!
Thanks
Tom
N7GP/R
ex WA8WZG


Re: Jan VHF contest roving plan

James C
 

Hi John,

I'll be looking for you from 66,84,85 ( Only a few left in NM thanks to you!)
I understand this is for the contest but I'll be doing my best to work you in those grids.
Are you running your standard setup? Moxon/100w?
CM on .260?

If we can't get it done would you be open to accepting an M2 3elSS antenna as a donation to your roving efforts?

I appreciate all the new grids and would love to get this antenna in your hands. 

Thank you, Best of luck and stay safe! 73 .-James K7KQA DN06




Jan VHF contest roving plan

John Klem
 

Here's what I'm thinking:

Saturday

1900Z DM76xv (Truchas Overlook)
2200Z DM66wa

Sunday

1500Z DM74xv
1900Z DM84at
2300Z DM85fa

I am not particularly attached to this plan, so if someone else wants to take a crack at any of these (especially DM76 and DM66) just let me know and I'll adjust.

Times are all approximate and depend on activity, need for sleep, my judgement of evening Es probability, etc.  I believe I'll have cell service everywhere except DM84, so I'll be on NMVHF Slack chat to start but probably move to VHF-Chat Slack rover-raregrid when it's slow.

I'll have the usual setup with 6/2/432, all modes.

73,

John, AA5PR


Re: Q65, newest WSJT mode

Ed
 

When will it be available to to public?  What freqs wiil be used?

 

Ed N5JEH

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Keith Morehouse
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2021 8:53 AM
To: main@nmvhf.groups.io; Bruce Draper
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] Q65, newest WSJT mode

 

I got a copy of the devel program and messed around with it for a little bit on 6M.  Q65 appears superior to FT8 on ionoscatter and any weak path were meteor bursts would screw up FT8 decodes.

 

I suspect it will be at least equal to FT8 on 2M and above.  The downside is the bandwidth of the Q65 signal when running 15 second sequences is 400 Hz.  You could get 10 FT8 signals in that same BW.

 

"Dead Band Conditions" is kinda a tease.  Well equipped 6M stations can work each other on ionoscatter out to 1000 miles almost any time.  The band may be "dead" for sporadic E, but it's hardly "dead".

 

-W9RM

 

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO

 

 

On Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 7:54 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:

“Q65 will enable stations with a modest Yagi and 100 W or more and to work one another on 6 meters at distances up to ~1600 kilometers at most times, in dead band conditions.”
More here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/wsjt-x-2-4-0-introduces-new-digital-protocol-q65

    -Bruce AA5B

 


Re: Q65, newest WSJT mode

Keith Morehouse
 

I got a copy of the devel program and messed around with it for a little bit on 6M.  Q65 appears superior to FT8 on ionoscatter and any weak path were meteor bursts would screw up FT8 decodes.

I suspect it will be at least equal to FT8 on 2M and above.  The downside is the bandwidth of the Q65 signal when running 15 second sequences is 400 Hz.  You could get 10 FT8 signals in that same BW.

"Dead Band Conditions" is kinda a tease.  Well equipped 6M stations can work each other on ionoscatter out to 1000 miles almost any time.  The band may be "dead" for sporadic E, but it's hardly "dead".

-W9RM

Keith J Morehouse
Managing Partner
Calmesa Partners G.P.
Olathe, CO


On Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 7:54 AM Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
“Q65 will enable stations with a modest Yagi and 100 W or more and to work one another on 6 meters at distances up to ~1600 kilometers at most times, in dead band conditions.”
More here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/wsjt-x-2-4-0-introduces-new-digital-protocol-q65

    -Bruce AA5B


Q65, newest WSJT mode

Bruce Draper
 

“Q65 will enable stations with a modest Yagi and 100 W or more and to work one another on 6 meters at distances up to ~1600 kilometers at most times, in dead band conditions.”
More here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/wsjt-x-2-4-0-introduces-new-digital-protocol-q65

    -Bruce AA5B


2021 New Mexico TechFest -- Call for Presentations

Brian Mileshosky
 

Greetings —

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio - New Mexico (RMHAM) is pleased to announce its seventh annual New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  TechFest features a day of quality presentations and demonstrations provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s leading technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant topics within amateur radio.  Its purpose is to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge and collaboration within the amateur radio community, and to encourage the discussion of new ideas with one another.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around New Mexico’s public health orders, this year’s event will be conducted virtually. 

TechFest is open to all interested hams.  Admission is $10 (proceeds will offset event related expenses detailed on the event website).  Online registration will open on or about the weekend of January 23, when the event’s lineup of presentations and demonstrations is announced.  Presentation-related prizes will be drawn throughout the event.

CALL FOR TECHFEST PRESENTATIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS: The New Mexico TechFest is seeking presentations and demos on emerging and relevant amateur radio technical topics, techniques, and applications.   If you’ve been working on a special project, are researching a technical topic, or have discovered or adopted a technology or technique that you’re applying within amateur radio, TechFest is a great venue to share your knowledge with the amateur radio community in a casual and friendly environment.  Presentations will generally be 50 minutes in total length.  Hams interested in providing a presentation or demonstration are asked to submit a summary/abstract of their proposed topic for consideration by January 17, 2021. We will be happy to assist you with conducting your presentation virtually.  Visit the New Mexico TechFest website for submission details and key dates.

Additional details about the New Mexico TechFest, for both attendees and potential presenters, can be found at http://www.rmham.org/wordpress/new-mexico-techfest  A printable event flyer for posting on ham listserves, your club’s website, or your club’s newsletter is attached.

We hope to see you at TechFest 2021.

73,
Brian N5ZGT (President, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio — New Mexico)



Re: AFRL

Keith Morehouse
 

Yes.  That's more or less the same copy that was in the brief I read, except that callsign was left out for some reason.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG


On Tue, Dec 22, 2020, 8:39 AM Brian Mileshosky <n5zgt@...> wrote:

Keith —

Are you referring to this?


Brian N5ZGT 

On Dec 22, 2020, at 08:18, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


Jim, I read about this in one of the various NASA/SAE pubs I get.  The brief goes into more detail, but, basically, there is (or was) a project running at AFRL NM that uses a novel method of real-time sporadic E detection involving broadband noise from the national power grid.  It appears they have (or had..) a pretty extensive detector network down there somewhere and, when reading between the lines of the brief, it appears someone involved probably has a amateur license.

I was curious if the data generated from the detector array was available.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020, 6:13 PM JamesDuffey <jamesduffey@...> wrote:
I used to do some contract work for parts of AFRL, but that was three years ago. Let me know what the project is and I will let you know if I know anything about it.

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Dec 21, 2020, at 18:03, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:


Does anybody on the list work at AFRL ?  I have a question about a research project (that's been made public..) that might be of interest to VHFers.

Feel free to contact me direct at w9rm@... if you feel more comfortable.

-W9RM

Keith Morehouse
via MotoG

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