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Re: grid rarity

Keith Morehouse
 

Oh - yeah.
Forgot about FM13 - another tough one due to lack of land mass :)
I need that one too from DM58.

-W9RM

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

On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 3:57 PM, WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
I would agree...usually get into FM29 multiple times each summer and FM28 less often.  It's south of there that is much harder: FM13, FM14, FM15, and FM25.  It could be my proximity to the Sandia mts, or lack of activity there, but those grids are rare DX for me.  N7KA and N5JEH are probably the best local authorities on this question.  And I assume we are talking about 6m?  WB2FKO

On 04/30/2018 03:47 PM, Alan Shapiro via Groups.Io wrote:
Per my experience, you have it right.  Worked FM29 a couple of time, zip for FM28.

On 4/30/2018 3:44 PM, Bruce Draper wrote:
In your experience, which is more rare, FM28 or FM29?
Gotta be 28, right? Half of it is water, and the other half is very sparsely populated.




Re: grid rarity

Keith Morehouse
 

Really, neither are THAT rare if you live within single hop distance.
FM25 is much more difficult to work (and the only one of the FM's I need for FFMA from DM58

-W9RM

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

On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 3:44 PM, Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
In your experience, which is more rare, FM28 or FM29?
Gotta be 28, right? Half of it is water, and the other half is very sparsely populated.



Re: grid rarity

Mike WB2FKO
 

I would agree...usually get into FM29 multiple times each summer and FM28 less often.  It's south of there that is much harder: FM13, FM14, FM15, and FM25.  It could be my proximity to the Sandia mts, or lack of activity there, but those grids are rare DX for me.  N7KA and N5JEH are probably the best local authorities on this question.  And I assume we are talking about 6m?  WB2FKO

On 04/30/2018 03:47 PM, Alan Shapiro via Groups.Io wrote:
Per my experience, you have it right.  Worked FM29 a couple of time, zip for FM28.

On 4/30/2018 3:44 PM, Bruce Draper wrote:
In your experience, which is more rare, FM28 or FM29?
Gotta be 28, right? Half of it is water, and the other half is very sparsely populated.



Re: grid rarity

Alan Shapiro <nm5s@...>
 

Per my experience, you have it right.  Worked FM29 a couple of time, zip for FM28.

On 4/30/2018 3:44 PM, Bruce Draper wrote:
In your experience, which is more rare, FM28 or FM29?
Gotta be 28, right? Half of it is water, and the other half is very sparsely populated.


grid rarity

Bruce Draper
 

In your experience, which is more rare, FM28 or FM29?
Gotta be 28, right? Half of it is water, and the other half is very sparsely populated.


Re: 144 MHZ Spring Sprint - Monday 4/9 1900-2300 local

Michael Daly
 

Keith,

This is Mike in Gallup.

I have too much going on to participate.  Thanks for the offer.

73,

Mike, n5sj

 

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of Bill
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2018 12:52 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] 144 MHZ Spring Sprint - Monday 4/9 1900-2300 local

 

Hi Keith,

I'm pretty low key on the sprints but I'll give yo a call during the first hour. Thx for offering.

Bill W7QQ DM75ao

 

On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 8:58 AM, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

The 2M Spring Sprint is tomorrow evening, local time.  Exchange callsigns and 4-character grid.  Log submissions will be your report on 3830scores.com.

 

I'm not planning to operate (too little local activity) but can be available during the first hour if anybody in the club wants a QSO and new multiplier from DM58.

 

-W9RM  DM58xn


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

 


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Re: 144 MHZ Spring Sprint - Monday 4/9 1900-2300 local

Keith Morehouse
 

OK Bill - I'll be listening on 144.200 starting at 1900 local tomorrow night, pointed toward Santa Fe and ABQ.

-W9RM

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

On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 12:51 PM, Bill <bill4070@...> wrote:
Hi Keith,

I'm pretty low key on the sprints but I'll give yo a call during the first hour. Thx for offering.

Bill W7QQ DM75ao

On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 8:58 AM, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
The 2M Spring Sprint is tomorrow evening, local time.  Exchange callsigns and 4-character grid.  Log submissions will be your report on 3830scores.com.

I'm not planning to operate (too little local activity) but can be available during the first hour if anybody in the club wants a QSO and new multiplier from DM58.

-W9RM  DM58xn

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




Re: 144 MHZ Spring Sprint - Monday 4/9 1900-2300 local

Bill
 

Hi Keith,

I'm pretty low key on the sprints but I'll give yo a call during the first hour. Thx for offering.

Bill W7QQ DM75ao

On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 8:58 AM, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
The 2M Spring Sprint is tomorrow evening, local time.  Exchange callsigns and 4-character grid.  Log submissions will be your report on 3830scores.com.

I'm not planning to operate (too little local activity) but can be available during the first hour if anybody in the club wants a QSO and new multiplier from DM58.

-W9RM  DM58xn

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



144 MHZ Spring Sprint - Monday 4/9 1900-2300 local

Keith Morehouse
 

The 2M Spring Sprint is tomorrow evening, local time.  Exchange callsigns and 4-character grid.  Log submissions will be your report on 3830scores.com.

I'm not planning to operate (too little local activity) but can be available during the first hour if anybody in the club wants a QSO and new multiplier from DM58.

-W9RM  DM58xn

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


New Mexico QSO Party -- Saturday, April 14

Brian Mileshosky <n5zgt@...>
 

Greetings —

The 2018 New Mexico QSO Party takes place about a week from now, on Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am-8:00pm Mountain.  (Details below)

Do you plan to participate, even for just a couple hours?  Several participants have indicated they will be monitoring 6 meters for contacts.

If so, please touch base with what county/counties you plan to activate, whether from home, portable, mobile or your club station.  Even if your plans are only tentative at this point.  We will list your plans on the Google Maps based activations page found on the New Mexico QSO Party website (http://www.newmexicoqsoparty.org/wp/)

See you on the air next weekend!

73,
Brian N5ZGT

On Mar 20, 2018, at 12:44 AM, Brian Mileshosky <n5zgt@...> wrote:

Fellow New Mexico Hams --

The 2018 New Mexico QSO Party takes about a month from now: Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am MDT until 8:00pm MDT, and all Hams across New Mexico are invited to participate.  Amateur radio operators from across the United States -- and the world -- will be seeking New Mexicans on HF and 6 meters during the event period, looking particularly to work hams in as many New Mexico counties as possible.  The Land of Enchantment will essentially be the "DX" on this day, making for a great time for all who participate.  Last year hundreds of amateur radio operators around the world participated, including 98 New Mexico hams and 17 New Mexico amateur radio clubs.

We are looking for hams within each and every one of New Mexico's 33 counties to participate in the 2018 New Mexico QSO Party, whether for just a few convenient hours or for the entire 12 hour period.

This is a super event for new and experienced hams alike. Operate from the comfort of your home, or combine forces with hams in your club as a club activity.  Invite a group of friends to your shack.  Hit the road as a mobile station and activate multiple counties which create much needed -- and appreciated -- point multipliers for everyone who participates in the QSO Party.  Use this event as an opportunity to introduce a neighbor or friend to ham radio.  Or rally friends and club members to set up, Field Day style, as part of the special expedition category.

ATTENTION HAM CLUBS: The New Mexico QSO Party is an superb club-building activity, and there are two special awards intended just for clubs.  The first is a plaque that will be awarded to the New Mexico club with the highest aggregate score submitted by its members. Another plaque will be awarded to the New Mexico Club whose members activate the highest aggregate number of New Mexico counties around the state. It doesn't matter what operating category your members participate in, or for how long; each entrant just needs to clearly mark their club name in their individual logs and your club will be automatically entered. Complete details in the New Mexico QSO Party rules.

This year's event is hosted by the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club.  Great-looking plaques will be awarded and participation certificates will be available for those desiring one.  Complete details, rules, prize information, and more can be found on the New Mexico QSO Party website at www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org

Are you planning to get on the air and operate from your home shack, with friends, alongside your club at its club station, mobile, or portable?  Even if tentative at this point, please visit www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org and let us know what county (or counties) you plan to operate from so we can list you on the NM QSO Party website’s activation table and interactive map.  Our goal is to have as many hams as possible operating from all of New Mexico counties during the event.

Please help spread the word about the 2018 New Mexico QSO Party.  With your help we look forward to all 33 counties being activated this year.  See you on the air in about a month!

Thanks and 73,
Brian N5ZGT
New Mexico QSO Party website: www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org


New Mexico QSO Party -- Saturday, April 14

Brian Mileshosky <n5zgt@...>
 

Fellow New Mexico Hams --

The 2018 New Mexico QSO Party takes about a month from now: Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am MDT until 8:00pm MDT, and all Hams across New Mexico are invited to participate.  Amateur radio operators from across the United States -- and the world -- will be seeking New Mexicans on HF and 6 meters during the event period, looking particularly to work hams in as many New Mexico counties as possible.  The Land of Enchantment will essentially be the "DX" on this day, making for a great time for all who participate.  Last year hundreds of amateur radio operators around the world participated, including 98 New Mexico hams and 17 New Mexico amateur radio clubs.

We are looking for hams within each and every one of New Mexico's 33 counties to participate in the 2018 New Mexico QSO Party, whether for just a few convenient hours or for the entire 12 hour period.

This is a super event for new and experienced hams alike. Operate from the comfort of your home, or combine forces with hams in your club as a club activity.  Invite a group of friends to your shack.  Hit the road as a mobile station and activate multiple counties which create much needed -- and appreciated -- point multipliers for everyone who participates in the QSO Party.  Use this event as an opportunity to introduce a neighbor or friend to ham radio.  Or rally friends and club members to set up, Field Day style, as part of the special expedition category.

ATTENTION HAM CLUBS: The New Mexico QSO Party is an superb club-building activity, and there are two special awards intended just for clubs.  The first is a plaque that will be awarded to the New Mexico club with the highest aggregate score submitted by its members. Another plaque will be awarded to the New Mexico Club whose members activate the highest aggregate number of New Mexico counties around the state. It doesn't matter what operating category your members participate in, or for how long; each entrant just needs to clearly mark their club name in their individual logs and your club will be automatically entered. Complete details in the New Mexico QSO Party rules.

This year's event is hosted by the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club.  Great-looking plaques will be awarded and participation certificates will be available for those desiring one.  Complete details, rules, prize information, and more can be found on the New Mexico QSO Party website at www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org

Are you planning to get on the air and operate from your home shack, with friends, alongside your club at its club station, mobile, or portable?  Even if tentative at this point, please visit www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org and let us know what county (or counties) you plan to operate from so we can list you on the NM QSO Party website’s activation table and interactive map.  Our goal is to have as many hams as possible operating from all of New Mexico counties during the event.

Please help spread the word about the 2018 New Mexico QSO Party.  With your help we look forward to all 33 counties being activated this year.  See you on the air in about a month!

Thanks and 73,
Brian N5ZGT
New Mexico QSO Party website: www.NewMexicoQSOParty.org


Re: Wanted

Bill
 

GM Arne,

Best selection is found on QTH.com. There’s one there now.

Bill W7QQ 


On Mar 10, 2018, at 7:31 AM, Arne N7KA <N7KA@...> wrote:

Will start here.  WANTED


TE Systems 1450G or 1452G   2M SS amp


Arne N7KA


Wanted

Arne N7KA
 

Will start here.  WANTED


TE Systems 1450G or 1452G   2M SS amp


Arne N7KA


Deadline for submitting January VHF Contest Logs is tonight; 0359 UTC February 1, 2018.

James Duffey
 

If you haven’t submitted your log from the January VHF Contest, they are due tonight; “Entries must be uploaded or postmarked no later than 0359 UTC February 1, 2018.”

Entries must be uploaded or postmarked no later than 0359 UTC February 1, 2018.

If you are a member of the New Mexico VHF Society, please include that in your log for the club name. 

If you are having problems preparing an electronic log, let W7QQ or myself know and we can help. Alternately, you can mail a hand prepared log. 

The hand prepared logs that the league receives are entered by hand by volunteers. Needless to say that is a thankless job and volunteers for it are short. The New Mexico VHF Society is going to help the ARRL enter these hand prepared logs. If you would like to volunteer for this activity, let me know. Hand prepared logs are usually short, but there are lengthy ones submitted. 

Thanks for your support and participation in the contest. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 20, 2018, at 08:25, JamesDuffey <jamesduffey@...> wrote:

Due to bad weather in Northern AZ, I have had a change in plans and will be returning from Phoenix on Sunday using the southern route. Sorry for the quick change in plans. - Duffey
There has been a change in my rove plans due to the bad weather expected in northern AZ. We will head east after visiting the Maricopa convergence. Sorry for the confusion. 

I will start at the Maricopa convergence, Southeast of Maricopa

Time(Z)        Grid        Time (MST)
1900        DM33ax    1200
2005        DM32xx    1305
2110        DM42xa    1410
2215        DM43aa    1515

I can stay and make another short sweep here to work the guys who show up on 1296 at 1600 MST
I will operate in motion, calling on 144.2 and 50.125 to Benson AZ.

Time(Z)        Grid        Time (MST)
0230        DM41ex      1930

We will overnight in Benson where we will spend the night. I will operate from the hotel parking lot if activity warrants it.

Sunday
I will also operate in motion between locations. Look for my location on APRS. 

1500    DM41ex       0800
1800    DM52mf    1100 Steins Cemetery, maybe a short stop on the West side of the hill to pick of AZ stations
2200  DM62cv     1500  Emory pass - interesting to see if we can work Northern NM from here, Las Cruces, El Paso and Alamogordo is a slam dunk
2330    DM63       will pick one on the way
0130 DM64nb 1830 Socorro Fairgrounds
0330    DM65     1930    Will pick when we get there, may miss it

To end of contest.

I will have APRS by cell phone. 

6M    100W Moxon
2M    100W 8ft Yagi
222    120W 8ft Yagi
432     50W  8ft Yagi
902     25W  4ft Yagi
1296 10W  4ft Yagi

You can text (preferred) or call me at 505 228 5491.

Hope you have a good contest. Listen for the weak ones. Sorry for the short notice and quick change of plans. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM



Re: 2017 CQWW-VHF results

Bill
 

We're please too Keith. Glad you were part of this.

Bill W7QQ

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 1:52 PM, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
Congratulations to Duffy and to the club in general.  I'm pleased CQ rules allow me to contribute my score to the NMVHFS.

One important note - the club, in 4th place with 14 entries, was only a few hundred points behind a national powerhouse club, the Society of Midwest Contesters, who fielded 22 entries for 3rd place.  This is a great achievement and a reminder that EVERY log counts !

-W9RM

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



Re: 2017 CQWW-VHF results

Michael Daly
 

We were forth with 14 entries while first place had 33.  If we do some heavy lifting with more stations a bit more roving we might take first.

Mike

 

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of James Duffey
Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 2:05 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nmvhf] 2017 CQWW-VHF results

 

Thanks Keith and thanks to all who contributed a score to the club entry. - Duffey

 

 

James Duffey KK6MC

Cedar Crest NM


On Jan 23, 2018, at 13:52, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Congratulations to Duffy and to the club in general.  I'm pleased CQ rules allow me to contribute my score to the NMVHFS.

 

One important note - the club, in 4th place with 14 entries, was only a few hundred points behind a national powerhouse club, the Society of Midwest Contesters, who fielded 22 entries for 3rd place.  This is a great achievement and a reminder that EVERY log counts !

 

-W9RM


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


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Re: 2017 CQWW-VHF results

James Duffey
 

Thanks Keith and thanks to all who contributed a score to the club entry. - Duffey



James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jan 23, 2018, at 13:52, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:

Congratulations to Duffy and to the club in general.  I'm pleased CQ rules allow me to contribute my score to the NMVHFS.

One important note - the club, in 4th place with 14 entries, was only a few hundred points behind a national powerhouse club, the Society of Midwest Contesters, who fielded 22 entries for 3rd place.  This is a great achievement and a reminder that EVERY log counts !

-W9RM

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


2017 CQWW-VHF results

Keith Morehouse
 

Congratulations to Duffy and to the club in general.  I'm pleased CQ rules allow me to contribute my score to the NMVHFS.

One important note - the club, in 4th place with 14 entries, was only a few hundred points behind a national powerhouse club, the Society of Midwest Contesters, who fielded 22 entries for 3rd place.  This is a great achievement and a reminder that EVERY log counts !

-W9RM

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


CQ 2017 World Wide VHF Contest

Michael Daly
 

Hi,

 

I didn’t see this reported before.  CQ Mag, Jan 2018, P 36-7

 

NM VHF Society was 4th in the nation in Club Competition.  KK6MC/R was 3rd in the nation in his category.

 

Our Colorado friend, Keith, W9RM was first on 6 meters in the US.

 

Way to go

73, Mike n5sj

From: nmvhf@groups.io [mailto:nmvhf@groups.io] On Behalf Of KC7QY
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:30 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] 222 & Up Results

 

Results are up on the ARRL website. NM VHF Society finished 5th in the club competition not very far behind the Pacific Northwest VHF Society with their 21 logs vs our 12. Bill W7QQ finished first in Region 5 (AZ, NM, WTX) single-op.

 

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Re: January VHF - W9RM

Bill
 

Hi Keith,

Thanks for your observations. Way to hang in there from your ice box!  Gotta get some heat in that place.

Nice 455 miler on 2 meters. I thought tropo conditions were pretty good also.  Looks like 6 meters tried to open a few times but never did.  I was able to work into Phoenix on SSB with easy copy and Duffy and I hooked up for some 350 mile cw contacts on 144.  We surprised each other with 200 mile low power contacts on 902 and 1296 as well.

Sorry to hear about your utility noise.  Most utilities are very well equipped and interested in solving those but they depend on you to narrow down the area to a couple of square blocks.  We tried to set up back scatter paths that avoided you pointing directly toward us.  Glad that worked.

I worked my station as a multi op effort  with Mike WB2FKO and Olivia KG5FHU staying over. The objective was to get Mike out and about now that his medical treatments are complete.  It was great to see him.  He's a bit frail but still has the competitive fire about radio.  He provided some great training on JT modes and that seemed to work pretty good.  Sunday morning MSK144 was great.

Reita sends her best so say Hi to Liz for us.

73 Bill W7QQ

On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 6:48 PM, Keith Morehouse <w9rm@...> wrote:
After a 55 degree day on Saturday, the weather closed in and by sunrise Sunday, it was 22F, snowing and blowing a gale out of the NW.  The few "local" stations vanished, along with most activity from the east side of the mountains where the storm had really taken hold.  However, I worked who I committed to work and accomplished the tasks I had set out, mainly to work AC0RA/R in 5 close in grids I needed for the 6M FFMA award - EN01, EN02, DN90, 91 & 92.

Activity was pretty representative of a January contest.  I hung out on 144.200 for the first hour of the contest to reward those few guys in range with a multiplier, then spent the rest of Saturday in and out of the shack successfully chasing AC0RA.  I hit meteor scatter hard starting around 1230Z until the 39 degree shack temperature finally chased me back into the house around 10AM.  I probably put in 6-7 hours of effort, total, and ended up with about 45 QSO's and 41-42 mults split between 6 & 2.

There were some interesting observations.

* The few guys in the ABQ area I worked were LOUD on 2M.  Same goes for front range stations, including a very loud QSO with DN81 on 2.

* There was some sort of 'out of the ordinary' 2M enhancement early Sunday morning.  Not only did I work several SLC stations I don't normally hear, I also worked W7OUU in Idaho at 455 miles on some terrestrial mode.  We started off on a meteor scatter run when I realized I was copying him every sequence with no meteor enhancement.  I asked him to switch to FT8 and we easily worked, again with NO meteor pings and signal levels around -5, which is pretty loud on FT8, easily speaker copy on CW.  It sounded like typical upper midwest troposcatter, but I know how rare that is out here.  I'm wondering if there was some temperature inversion action as a result of the drastic temperature change when the front went through and we worked on a tropo duct.  Ducting was not uncommon back east in early wintertime over the Great Lakes, before the water temperatures got too cold.  I worked all the way to Maine and VE2 several times in December on bands through 432.  Those paths approached 800-900 miles.

* Speaking of FT8, I worked 4-5 guys easily on 2M FT8 on 250-300 mile paths.  It's not as good as JT65 for weak signals but a QSO can be completed in less then a minute vs 4-5 minutes on JT65.  Certainly some of these QSO's could have been made on CW (and at least one on SSB) but it's become difficult to convince people to go to CW.  FT8 is a easy sell for semi-weak signal runs now that many more people are into WSJT meteor scatter.  FT8 has some promise to push out the limits of ones VHF range and not just for sporadic E.

So, the contest had some excitement.  I needed it as I'm currently fighting a serious powerline noise problem on 6M which has shut down any attempt at making QSO's to the SE from DM58.  I'm zeroing in on the root cause but it's going to take some local power co-op involvement to fix, involvement they really have little interest in.  Hopefully it will be resolved by June, but I'm already making back-up plans for portable operations in the June contest.

-W9RM

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


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