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Re: KK6MC/r in the June VHF Contest

Bill
 

Jim,

Nice report.

I believe there was enhancement because I called CQ regularly to the west on 144 with no response.  Late Saturday I worked WA7JTM and WA8ZGT and stations in DM43, 45, 46, 33, 34 and 54; all easy copy.  Thinking these were not enhancement contacts I did not try to work the other bands until I had worked out the band on 2M.  When I QSY'd to 432 I worked two stations. After calling on 432 for a few minutes I returned to 144 and everyone was gone.  Never worked WA7XX although I called on his bearing several times and for 15 minutes at a time...... Nothing.

I was thrilled to work WA5FBM in El Paso on 1296 phone but it looks likes that DX record didn't stand for more than a few hours before you took it over. Very Nice! I was using a bigger antenna and 80 watts....... I had all the advantages; good work.

You had some great contacts and I'm envious.  I couldn't reach anyone in EP on 222 even though we set it up on 144.  Just didn't work.  Never worked DM55 which was disappointing. We did have some nice long Qs on WSJT on 144 and 222.  We easily worked Marshall on 144 in 5 minutes.  Every station we had a sked with (about 25) we worked without struggling so that was very satisfying.

Learned a lot; so much so I hope I can retain most of it. Lots of work and the station was pretty kluged.  WSJT-x v 1.9.1 allowed that program and N1MM+ to be active  on a single comm port at one time. Clicking on the "Log QSO" button placed the Q into N1MM+ reliably and with all needed Q info; all seamlessly.  Getting it going on both radios required working til 3AM on Saturday and a little more at 8 AM Saturday after a little recharge but we got it done.

Nothing failed outright but there were some compromises:  The Kw amp on 144 overheated and shut down after half a dozen FT8 cycles probably due to the 40 watts of return power from the stacked antennas. It started by itsself after a few minutes of cooling. So we had to lighten up on that one.  5-600 watts still did FB on JT modes and running a full KW on SSB and CW was not a problem. Gotta correct the antenna SWR. The 222 amp ran at 1.1 kw without a problem on JT, SSB and CW. Keith's amp ran about 900 watts on 6M without a whimper. The shack was a mess with stuff taped in position and some components not accessible from the chair(s). I had lost so much sleep I kinda got used to it.

The WX was hot and the ham shack got uncomfortable with all the gear and people.  Didn't expect that. A big box fan pulling in air from the open window helped a lot.

Are we meeting for lunch this week?

73 Bill W7QQ

On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 4:02 PM, James Duffey <JamesDuffey@...> wrote:
Thanks everyone for the QSOes in the contest.

Class: Rover LP
QTH: NM

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:    74    21
   2:    43    11
 222:     7     2
 432:       23     5
 903:     2     1
 1.2:    11     3
-------------------
Total:  160    51  Total Score = 11,016

Club: New Mexico VHF Society

Mults include 8 for grids activated. 

50MHz   TS2000X 100W 2EL PAR Stressed Moxon
144MHz  TS2000X 100W 8ft W7QQ Yagi
222MHz  XV222 transverter 20W 8ft W7QQ Yagi
432MHz  TS2000X 50W 8ft W7QQ Yagi
902MHz  DEMI transverter 25W Surplus 4 ft Yagi
1296MHz TS2000X 10W 4ft loop Yagi
2010 Subaru Forester

Despite conditions being flat, I had a good rove. There was no Es on Saturday,
but the crowd in El Paso made up for it with QSOes on all the bands from 50MHz
to 1296MHz, except for 902, for which El Paso is in the forbidden zone. There
was good local NM 144MHz and 432MHz activity though, which helped.

The W5UHF Multi-Multi was a big help to me and others in this contest and I
worked them in most of the grids from most of the bands, except for 902MHz in
the forbidden zone. They were on 24/7 and one of the first stations I heard when
I made a stop. It is always nice to have a reliable indicator when one stops to setup in a new grid. 

Sunday morning I started out in DM61 again, this time from the west side of the
Franklin Mountains. I had operated here several times in the past hoping to work
AZ, but had no success. I didn’t think this year would be any better. Boy was
I mistaken. I worked WA7XX on SSB on 144MHz, 432MHZ and CW on 1296 at a distance of 330m miles. Not bad for 10W on 1296!  so that made the day for both of us. Later I snagged WA7JTM on the east rim of the Grand Canyon on 2M CW for a
distance of over 400 miles. As far as I could tell, there were no enhanced
conditions for these QSOes with relative humidity of 10% or less over the entire path. I tried with N1RWY in Phoenix, but he was blocked in my direction.  I think I could have worked others in AZ with no local obstruction from here as well. In the future I will do better planning. Also 6M 
opened here to CA with modest Es and I stayed much later than I intended, mostly as I feared I would never be able to work 50MHz DX for the rest of the contest. I wasn’t too far off. 

I also had QSOes with WA7XX from DM72 and DM73, but signals were down a bit.
Those were a bit longer than 300 miles.  

I had small Es openings from a couple of other grids, but never as good as it
was in the morning. I was alone this trip, without a driver, so I missed the
times that 6M may have been open between grid stops. I did stop in DM73 at the
Valley of the Fires campground to hear some double hop from New England, but
could never connect with anyone. Being honest, I paid my $1.50 day use fee, but it was good money chasing bad. 

I finished the contest in DM74 and DM75 with nice long haul QSOes to K5LA in
El Paso and, for the first time in the contest, I was out of the forbidden zone and  could work W5UHF on 902MHz.

It was nice to hear K5WO on from DM66, a grid that has not been on in the contests for a long time. 

There is nothing worse than hearing two stations on 6M, far away, who are local
to each other ragchewing about how great the opening was and how the band was
dead now, and not being able to break them. 
 
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM


KK6MC/r in the June VHF Contest

James Duffey
 

Thanks everyone for the QSOes in the contest.

Class: Rover LP
QTH: NM

Band  QSOs  Mults
-------------------
   6:    74    21
   2:    43    11
 222:     7     2
 432:       23     5
 903:     2     1
 1.2:    11     3
-------------------
Total:  160    51  Total Score = 11,016

Club: New Mexico VHF Society

Mults include 8 for grids activated. 

50MHz   TS2000X 100W 2EL PAR Stressed Moxon
144MHz  TS2000X 100W 8ft W7QQ Yagi
222MHz  XV222 transverter 20W 8ft W7QQ Yagi
432MHz  TS2000X 50W 8ft W7QQ Yagi
902MHz  DEMI transverter 25W Surplus 4 ft Yagi
1296MHz TS2000X 10W 4ft loop Yagi
2010 Subaru Forester

Despite conditions being flat, I had a good rove. There was no Es on Saturday,
but the crowd in El Paso made up for it with QSOes on all the bands from 50MHz
to 1296MHz, except for 902, for which El Paso is in the forbidden zone. There
was good local NM 144MHz and 432MHz activity though, which helped.

The W5UHF Multi-Multi was a big help to me and others in this contest and I
worked them in most of the grids from most of the bands, except for 902MHz in
the forbidden zone. They were on 24/7 and one of the first stations I heard when
I made a stop. It is always nice to have a reliable indicator when one stops to setup in a new grid. 

Sunday morning I started out in DM61 again, this time from the west side of the
Franklin Mountains. I had operated here several times in the past hoping to work
AZ, but had no success. I didn’t think this year would be any better. Boy was
I mistaken. I worked WA7XX on SSB on 144MHz, 432MHZ and CW on 1296 at a distance of 330m miles. Not bad for 10W on 1296!  so that made the day for both of us. Later I snagged WA7JTM on the east rim of the Grand Canyon on 2M CW for a
distance of over 400 miles. As far as I could tell, there were no enhanced
conditions for these QSOes with relative humidity of 10% or less over the entire path. I tried with N1RWY in Phoenix, but he was blocked in my direction.  I think I could have worked others in AZ with no local obstruction from here as well. In the future I will do better planning. Also 6M 
opened here to CA with modest Es and I stayed much later than I intended, mostly as I feared I would never be able to work 50MHz DX for the rest of the contest. I wasn’t too far off. 

I also had QSOes with WA7XX from DM72 and DM73, but signals were down a bit.
Those were a bit longer than 300 miles.  

I had small Es openings from a couple of other grids, but never as good as it
was in the morning. I was alone this trip, without a driver, so I missed the
times that 6M may have been open between grid stops. I did stop in DM73 at the
Valley of the Fires campground to hear some double hop from New England, but
could never connect with anyone. Being honest, I paid my $1.50 day use fee, but it was good money chasing bad. 

I finished the contest in DM74 and DM75 with nice long haul QSOes to K5LA in
El Paso and, for the first time in the contest, I was out of the forbidden zone and  could work W5UHF on 902MHz.

It was nice to hear K5WO on from DM66, a grid that has not been on in the contests for a long time. 

There is nothing worse than hearing two stations on 6M, far away, who are local
to each other ragchewing about how great the opening was and how the band was
dead now, and not being able to break them. 
 
James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

Re: Roundtable reminder

KC7QY
 

Bruce, 

Not sure I'll make the roundtable tonight but will share that I managed to snag VP9I on cw during the contest Sunday. This weekend certainly accentuated the sporadic in sporadic Es. Saturday was the pits, could just as well have been the January test.
 
Jim KC7QY



From: Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...>
To: nmbrc <nmbrc@groups.io>; nmvhf@groups.io; Michael King <makmak@...>; "Olewine, Michael C" <mcolewi@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:34 PM
Subject: [nmvhf] Roundtable reminder

Tuesday evening, 8 PM, 50.133 MHz.
Contest and DX stories are encouraged! We had several W6/W7 stations join us last week.

   -Bruce AA5B 


Roundtable reminder

Bruce Draper
 

Tuesday evening, 8 PM, 50.133 MHz.
Contest and DX stories are encouraged! We had several W6/W7 stations join us last week.

   -Bruce AA5B 

Re: FT-817ND Microphone Issues and a Favor

Jonathan Fox - W0AMT
 

Thanks Alan, good tip.  I will expand my search. 

73, Jon
W0AMT 

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 7:37 PM Alan Shapiro via Groups.Io <nm5s=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Jon,
I have a 817 and mike, but am up in Santa Fe.  Also be aware that a mike from other Yaesu radios may work.  Mine is interchangeable with the FT-450 that I had.
Alan, NM5S


On 6/11/2018 7:25 PM, Jonathan Fox wrote:
My FT-817ND has developed a microphone issue. It's not generating any audio. On FM the carrier is there by no audio. On SSB the radio keys up but their is no modulation, no power on the meter, and no ALC action.

The radio works fine via the data jack. I made several FT8 contacts on 6 meters during the contest using it.

The reason I am bringing it up here is to ask if anyone has an FT-817 and microphone that I could use to test mine. I would like to connect a known good mic to my radio followed by connecting a known good radio to my mic. The goal being to isolate the cause of this issue.

Thanks and 73,

Jon, W0AMT


Re: FT-817ND Microphone Issues and a Favor

Alan Shapiro
 

Hi Jon,
I have a 817 and mike, but am up in Santa Fe.  Also be aware that a mike from other Yaesu radios may work.  Mine is interchangeable with the FT-450 that I had.
Alan, NM5S

On 6/11/2018 7:25 PM, Jonathan Fox wrote:
My FT-817ND has developed a microphone issue. It's not generating any audio. On FM the carrier is there by no audio. On SSB the radio keys up but their is no modulation, no power on the meter, and no ALC action.

The radio works fine via the data jack. I made several FT8 contacts on 6 meters during the contest using it.

The reason I am bringing it up here is to ask if anyone has an FT-817 and microphone that I could use to test mine. I would like to connect a known good mic to my radio followed by connecting a known good radio to my mic. The goal being to isolate the cause of this issue.

Thanks and 73,

Jon, W0AMT


FT-817ND Microphone Issues and a Favor

Jonathan Fox - W0AMT
 

My FT-817ND has developed a microphone issue. It's not generating any audio. On FM the carrier is there by no audio. On SSB the radio keys up but their is no modulation, no power on the meter, and no ALC action.

The radio works fine via the data jack. I made several FT8 contacts on 6 meters during the contest using it.

The reason I am bringing it up here is to ask if anyone has an FT-817 and microphone that I could use to test mine. I would like to connect a known good mic to my radio followed by connecting a known good radio to my mic. The goal being to isolate the cause of this issue.

Thanks and 73,

Jon, W0AMT

Be sure to log /r for rovers

James Duffey
 

If you are logging rovers in the contest, be sure to log /r after their call. A rover can also submit a second log from a fixed station, so there is chance of confusion. The log checkers have been pretty forgiving of this in the past, but there are rumors that they may be getting more strict.

It is always good practice to log what is sent. - Duffey KK6MC

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

Re: KK6MC/r Itinerary for June contest

James Duffey
 

OK Floyd, thanks for the note. I will be looking for you as well. We should try from my second stop on.

I will operate on the east side Saturday evening and from the west side Sunday morning. Thanks for the reminder. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

On Jun 8, 2018, at 07:42, Floyd <@k5la> wrote:

Duffy I will be looking for you. You might stop on the East side of transmountain at the road side park.. That is where I worked Dick K5RHR Los Alamos on SSB 1296.1 I was pointing just at the edge of the mountain with a small directive systems yagi--the one with circles for the elements and 10 watts. On the West side I heard Steve W7CI on cw 1296.1.
73,
Floyd K5la dm61tv.

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io <nmvhf@groups.io> On Behalf Of James Duffey
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 5:58 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r Itinerary for June contest

Having recovered from working the polls, I have been able to plan my rove:

Time in grid (UTC) Grid Time leaving (UTC)
06-10-18
1800 DM64OT 1915

I am starting west of Los Lunas on Hwy 6 so that I can work 902MHGz before I get to the exclusion zone. This is pretty much LOS to ABQ, so I should be able to work everyone there.
2015 DM64NA 2100

I am stopping a second time in DM64, this time at the Socorro fairgrounds, to have a better shot at the guys in the southern part of the state as well as the El Paso guys. No 902MHz from here though.

2115 DM63NX 2230

I am stopping as soon as I get to DM63 to work the guys in the north. I have not stopped at this site before, so I am not sure how it will work out. I am still in the 902MHz exclusion zone here. :^(=

2300 DM63IA 2345

I am stopping in the last grid in DM63 at the abandoned rest stop north of Caballo in case I can’t get enough guys in the southern part of the state from my first stop in DM63.

Change of date UTC 6-10-18 still the same MDT

0000Z DM62IX 0115

This is the other end of the abandoned rest stop above. Nicely located.

0200Z DM62MN 0245Z

I will not stop here if I have worked both N and S from the above stop.

0345Z DM61RV 0430Z

This is the Transmountain Road scenic overlook on the west side. Should have good shot to the west if anyone in AZ is still up. Watch my APRS.

Quit for night, overnight in El Paso.

Sunday Morning MDT

1400Z DM61RV 1500Z

I am going to start where I left off the night before to try to work the Sunday morning UHF crowd in AZ.

1600Z DM62QK 1630Z

I will make a short stop on the Organ Mountain Pass to pick up people I may have missed the first time I was there.

1745Z DM72AW 1800Z

This is the parking lot of the NM Space Museum.

1830Z DM73AA 1945Z

This is as far up Mountain Meadow Road in the La Luz foothills as I can go before the road gets bad.

2030 DM63XH 2100

Near Oscura to give those who missed DM63 the day before an opportunity.

2130 DM73AQ 2245

Valley of Fire campground/picnic area west of Carrizozo

0115 DM75BA 0230

Rest Area 208, east of Moriarity

0245 DM74BX 0300Z

Dump south of I-40. End of contest.

I will be on APRS, so you should be able to get updates when I have coverage. Times are subject to change, if things are slow, I may leave early. There isn’t much slack to add time, but I may do that if the bands get good.

I will have bands 50MHz to 1296MHz. Cell is (505) 228-5491. Text is best, but don’t necessarily expect an answer right away. Things get busy. You can call as well, but I really prefer text.

I hope that everyone has a good contest. Listen for the weak ones. - Duffey KK6MC








James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM






Re: KK6MC/r Itinerary for June contest

Floyd K5LA
 

Duffy I will be looking for you. You might stop on the East side of transmountain at the road side park.. That is where I worked Dick K5RHR Los Alamos on SSB 1296.1 I was pointing just at the edge of the mountain with a small directive systems yagi--the one with circles for the elements and 10 watts. On the West side I heard Steve W7CI on cw 1296.1.
73,
Floyd K5la dm61tv.

-----Original Message-----
From: nmvhf@groups.io <nmvhf@groups.io> On Behalf Of James Duffey
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 5:58 PM
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Subject: [nmvhf] KK6MC/r Itinerary for June contest

Having recovered from working the polls, I have been able to plan my rove:

Time in grid (UTC) Grid Time leaving (UTC)
06-10-18
1800 DM64OT 1915

I am starting west of Los Lunas on Hwy 6 so that I can work 902MHGz before I get to the exclusion zone. This is pretty much LOS to ABQ, so I should be able to work everyone there.
2015 DM64NA 2100

I am stopping a second time in DM64, this time at the Socorro fairgrounds, to have a better shot at the guys in the southern part of the state as well as the El Paso guys. No 902MHz from here though.

2115 DM63NX 2230

I am stopping as soon as I get to DM63 to work the guys in the north. I have not stopped at this site before, so I am not sure how it will work out. I am still in the 902MHz exclusion zone here. :^(=

2300 DM63IA 2345

I am stopping in the last grid in DM63 at the abandoned rest stop north of Caballo in case I can’t get enough guys in the southern part of the state from my first stop in DM63.

Change of date UTC 6-10-18 still the same MDT

0000Z DM62IX 0115

This is the other end of the abandoned rest stop above. Nicely located.

0200Z DM62MN 0245Z

I will not stop here if I have worked both N and S from the above stop.

0345Z DM61RV 0430Z

This is the Transmountain Road scenic overlook on the west side. Should have good shot to the west if anyone in AZ is still up. Watch my APRS.

Quit for night, overnight in El Paso.

Sunday Morning MDT

1400Z DM61RV 1500Z

I am going to start where I left off the night before to try to work the Sunday morning UHF crowd in AZ.

1600Z DM62QK 1630Z

I will make a short stop on the Organ Mountain Pass to pick up people I may have missed the first time I was there.

1745Z DM72AW 1800Z

This is the parking lot of the NM Space Museum.

1830Z DM73AA 1945Z

This is as far up Mountain Meadow Road in the La Luz foothills as I can go before the road gets bad.

2030 DM63XH 2100

Near Oscura to give those who missed DM63 the day before an opportunity.

2130 DM73AQ 2245

Valley of Fire campground/picnic area west of Carrizozo

0115 DM75BA 0230

Rest Area 208, east of Moriarity

0245 DM74BX 0300Z

Dump south of I-40. End of contest.

I will be on APRS, so you should be able to get updates when I have coverage. Times are subject to change, if things are slow, I may leave early. There isn’t much slack to add time, but I may do that if the bands get good.

I will have bands 50MHz to 1296MHz. Cell is (505) 228-5491. Text is best, but don’t necessarily expect an answer right away. Things get busy. You can call as well, but I really prefer text.

I hope that everyone has a good contest. Listen for the weak ones. - Duffey KK6MC








James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

KK6MC/r Itinerary for June contest

James Duffey
 

Having recovered from working the polls, I have been able to plan my rove:

Time in grid (UTC) Grid Time leaving (UTC)
06-10-18
1800 DM64OT 1915

I am starting west of Los Lunas on Hwy 6 so that I can work 902MHGz before I get to the exclusion zone. This is pretty much LOS to ABQ, so I should be able to work everyone there.
2015 DM64NA 2100

I am stopping a second time in DM64, this time at the Socorro fairgrounds, to have a better shot at the guys in the southern part of the state as well as the El Paso guys. No 902MHz from here though.

2115 DM63NX 2230

I am stopping as soon as I get to DM63 to work the guys in the north. I have not stopped at this site before, so I am not sure how it will work out. I am still in the 902MHz exclusion zone here. :^(=

2300 DM63IA 2345

I am stopping in the last grid in DM63 at the abandoned rest stop north of Caballo in case I can’t get enough guys in the southern part of the state from my first stop in DM63.

Change of date UTC 6-10-18 still the same MDT

0000Z DM62IX 0115

This is the other end of the abandoned rest stop above. Nicely located.

0200Z DM62MN 0245Z

I will not stop here if I have worked both N and S from the above stop.

0345Z DM61RV 0430Z

This is the Transmountain Road scenic overlook on the west side. Should have good shot to the west if anyone in AZ is still up. Watch my APRS.

Quit for night, overnight in El Paso.

Sunday Morning MDT

1400Z DM61RV 1500Z

I am going to start where I left off the night before to try to work the Sunday morning UHF crowd in AZ.

1600Z DM62QK 1630Z

I will make a short stop on the Organ Mountain Pass to pick up people I may have missed the first time I was there.

1745Z DM72AW 1800Z

This is the parking lot of the NM Space Museum.

1830Z DM73AA 1945Z

This is as far up Mountain Meadow Road in the La Luz foothills as I can go before the road gets bad.

2030 DM63XH 2100

Near Oscura to give those who missed DM63 the day before an opportunity.

2130 DM73AQ 2245

Valley of Fire campground/picnic area west of Carrizozo

0115 DM75BA 0230

Rest Area 208, east of Moriarity

0245 DM74BX 0300Z

Dump south of I-40. End of contest.

I will be on APRS, so you should be able to get updates when I have coverage. Times are subject to change, if things are slow, I may leave early. There isn’t much slack to add time, but I may do that if the bands get good.

I will have bands 50MHz to 1296MHz. Cell is (505) 228-5491. Text is best, but don’t necessarily expect an answer right away. Things get busy. You can call as well, but I really prefer text.

I hope that everyone has a good contest. Listen for the weak ones. - Duffey KK6MC








James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

WA8WGZ/R Tom's schedule of DM's 2M to 2304

Steve Hutcherson <Wb5cts@...>
 

  My plans are to begin contest in Dm 42, then 32, 43, 33, 34, 44 then Dm45 at meteor crater rest stop east bound (I-40), I will be there over nite running digital modes on 6 meters,,
Sunday morning, I will leave mid morning and head west on I-40 to Dm35 near Parks, AZ, then back to Dm 44, 34 33 43 ending up in DM 42 and 32 Sunday evening and will be there until the end of the contest,,
I will have 6,meters as well as 2, 222 ,432 ,1296 and 2304. 100 watts ,5 ele on 2 and 222, 17 ele on 432, 37 elements on 1296 with 35 watts and 34 elements on 2304 with 5 watts... Over night in Dm 45 I will have 100 watts and 3 elements on 6 meters,,
I will have FT8 and MSK144 but will only use them over nite,or when stopped in a grid,, I can't do it while driving!
But the rest of the bands I will be on SSB while driving, my cell if you hear me or want a sked is 419-370-8802
Cu this weekend!!! And hope to work many of you!
Tom
WA8WZG/R

GL everyone this weekend !

FROM: Steve
             WB5CTS
             NMVHF # 42
             DM33VO

73  Steve
WB5CTS
NMVHF # 42

roundtable reminder

Bruce Draper
 

Tuesday evening @ 8 PM (0200Z) on 50.130 MHz.

W3DHJ/R ARRL JUNE VHF DM77, DM78, DM87, DM88

Jonesy W3DHJ
 

Lacking the sense that my momma gave me, I'll be rover'ing
out there in the ARRL JUNE VHF contest.

6M SSB & CW -- 100W + Halo
2M SSB & CW -- 140W + stacked Halos
432 SSB & 446 FM -- 80W and 8 elements

Saturday

SAT #1: DM88bb: 1800z~2000z.

SAT #2: DM87bw: 2000z~2200z.

SAT #3: DM77xw: 2200z~2359z.

SAT #4: DM78xa: 0000z~0200+z.

Sunday

SUN #1: DM78xa: 1200z~1530z.

SUN #2: DM77xw: 1530z~1900z.

SUN #3: DM87cx: 1900z~2230z.

SUN #4: DM88bb: 2230z-0200+z.

I will operate close in to the intersection of 38° N and 104° W
for everything -- grids DM88, DM87, DM77, & DM78. Pointing a
beam directly at those coordinates should put me well inside
the 3 dB lobes of your antenna -- unless you are very close.
(But, I know this country. NOBODY is very close...)
See also:
https://W3DHJ.net/vhfrover_plans.php

GL to all in the contest,
73,
Jonesy W3DHJ
--
<pre> Marvin L Jones | W3DHJ | W3DHJ | https://W3DHJ.net/
Pueblo, Colorado | @ | Jonesy | __ linux FreeBSD
38.238N 104.547W | jonz.net | DM78rf | 73 SK

6M JA opening NOW

Keith Morehouse
 

Big opening to JA on 6M at 2315Z.  All on FT8.
Decoding 12-15 JA's each sequence.
Heard one DU but nothing else.

-W9RM

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

Re: 6-meter roundtable

Keith Morehouse
 

Great Bruce !

It'll be nice to see/hear a few SSB signals on the band instead of 'all FT8, all the time' !

-W9RM

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

On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 7:10 PM, Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...> wrote:
A small group of local contesters, DXers, and some newbies has been holding a weekly roundtable that has bounced from 75 to 10 meters a few times over the years. We're moving to 6 meters, hoping to get folks to try something new and maybe it'll stick. I know it's DC to most of you guys, but drop by and join us if you have time.

Tuesday evenings, 0200Z (8 PM in NM), on 50.130 MHz.

73,
   Bruce AA5B


Re: 6-meter roundtable

n5epa.bob@...
 

Only hearing you at noise plus/minus Bruce.

73, Bob N5EPA



From: "Bruce Draper" <bruceaa5b@...>
To: nmvhf@groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:10:16 PM
Subject: [nmvhf] 6-meter roundtable

A small group of local contesters, DXers, and some newbies has been holding a weekly roundtable that has bounced from 75 to 10 meters a few times over the years. We're moving to 6 meters, hoping to get folks to try something new and maybe it'll stick. I know it's DC to most of you guys, but drop by and join us if you have time.

Tuesday evenings, 0200Z (8 PM in NM), on 50.130 MHz.

73,
   Bruce AA5B

6-meter roundtable

Bruce Draper
 

A small group of local contesters, DXers, and some newbies has been holding a weekly roundtable that has bounced from 75 to 10 meters a few times over the years. We're moving to 6 meters, hoping to get folks to try something new and maybe it'll stick. I know it's DC to most of you guys, but drop by and join us if you have time.

Tuesday evenings, 0200Z (8 PM in NM), on 50.130 MHz.

73,
   Bruce AA5B

6M Es prop

Keith Morehouse
 

...first EU heard for me this morning on 6, although I've been away for 3 weeks.  A couple of Italians around 1630Z on FT8 (...yeah) with signal strengths in the mid minus teens.

It's coming up to 'that time' - be alert in the AM and then again in the late afternoon for Asia.

-W9RM

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

Re: Horizontal Polarization for VHF/UHF DX

Bill
 

Nice work Dan! I put the TAPR conference on my calendar.  Thanks.

Bill W7QQ

On Sun, May 27, 2018 at 9:01 AM, <daniel.fay@...> wrote:
Bill,

Thanks for your response. I think I will test out both horizontal and vertical polarization when I get the chance. Right now, I'm trying to finish up the basic long-distance tests so that I can submit a paper to the ARRL/TAPR DCC conference (it's in ABQ September 14-16, and the paper deadline is at the end of July). I also have an STA from the FCC to do up to 50W on 70cm for this work (the modulation technique is a form of spread spectrum, and amateur spread spectrum communications are limited to 10W by the FCC). Unfortunately, the modules I'm currently using don't let me access the RSSI information on the transceiver chips, so I'm not going to be able to get precise results for horizontal vs. vertical polarization. Eventually I hope to try a different module that gives me low-level access to the transceiver chip.

Hopefully, I'll at least make some progress and put up my 15-element 70cm Yagi this weekend.

-Dan Fay KG5VBY in ABQ